Park and ride scheme for Walkden rail station gets planning green light

A park and ride scheme for Walkden rail station has been given the green light.

The scheme, which will provide over 100 car parking spaces along with disabled spaces, was approved on Thursday 28 January.

The new free car park will be located on derelict land which was once the council’s environment services depot and less than 100 metres from the station.

Currently Walkden station has no parking facilities.

The new design will see electric vehicle charging points and also storage for bikes with CCTV monitoring and security.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett and local councillors have been campaigning for a park and ride scheme to encourage sustainable travel and the on-street parking is causing a problem for local residents on Chestnut Avenue and the surrounding areas.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “To finally get planning approval is great news for local people.

“The overall aim is to provide more sustainable options for people to be able to travel around Salford and reduce the need for a car. The cycling facilities will be greatly received by local people and a place where people can leave their bikes and commute to the city centre, especially for work.

“We now look forward to the new scheme being implemented and officially opening later this year.”

Chair of Friends of Walkden Station, Andy Barlow, said "This is fantastic news for our local community. The park and ride scheme will really make a difference to station users and local residents, and will encourage more people to discover the benefits of taking the train. We would like to thank Salford City Council for making the site available, and for all their help and support in making this scheme a reality.”

Walkden South Councillor Joshua Brooks said “I think this is fantastic result for Walkden and wider community. The Park and Ride will help to tackle the ongoing parking issues, and additionally encourage local residents to use public transport.

“All our hard work in this campaign has paid off and I would like to pay tribute to my colleagues, TFGM, and especially to the Friends of Walkden Station Group.”

A lift at the station is also being funded from the Access for All programme. This will make it easier for people in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility to get on the train.

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Date published
Friday 29 January 2021

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