A brand new park and ride facility is now open.
The facility, managed and operated by Salford City Council, provides more than 100 car parking spaces which can be used for free for rail users opened on Monday 15 May. It also includes electric vehicle charging points, motorcycle bays and Cycle hub for bike storage.
The Cycle Hub can hold 24 bikes in a secure area which is covered by CCTV and street lighting. It is managed by the council and provide secure storage for registered members, with access via a smart app. Members can register for access (at a cost of £10) to the Hub online. In addition there are also free spaces available for bikes.
Providing better access to local tram, train and bus services is a key part of the Bee Network – Greater Manchester’s vision for a more integrated, accessible and affordable public transport system.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It is fantastic news that Walkden park and ride is now open for local people to use. Now people can park their vehicle there for free and use the train to travel, which will help to reduce road congestion and also pollution. Cyclists can use the Cycle Hub to store bikes for when they return.
“I’d like to thank TfGM, the Friends of Walkden Station and their partners for their work to make this happen.”
Ongoing construction continues to provide a £3.8 million walking and cycling project that will provide a 6.2km connection for communities between Walkden Station and RHS Bridgewater. This project is now almost fully complete.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett added: “Funding has been secured from the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) Access for All programme to provide step free access at Walkden Station. We have lobbied and pushed for this and I want the works to start as soon as possible. We will continue to lobby and campaign for step free access at all our stations in the city.”