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The Gallery | Altrincham transport interchange

A £19M transport hub in the North West has been redesigned to better integrate the different modes of travel that use it.

Architects AHR have redeveloped Altrincham Interchange to better integrate bus, taxi, rail, tram and cycling routes. The work was commissioned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

Altrincham interchange serves 4M passenger journeys a year, and is an integral link to Greater Manchester and the surrounding area, connecting central Manchester and the airport as well as Chester and Warrington.

A 134-year-old rail bridge that connects all four rail platforms has been replaced with a 45t pre-fabricated steel bridge, which was lifted into place in a single evening, and improves the interchange between bus, train and tram services.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s head of programme management services Peter Boulton said: “The redevelopment of the 133-year-old transport interchange has provided passengers with improved facilities and greater integration of transport modes.”

“Bus, train and tram passengers can now enjoy the benefits of a fully integrated, fully accessible and eco-friendly transport hub that is sympathetic to the heritage of the original facility.”

The building incorporates a traditional Victorian booking hall, which has been refurbished and is fully glazed to showcase the heritage of the building.

The concourse runs the full length of the west side of the interchange, and creates a gateway between the interchange and the town.

A large rooflight allows natural light, and thermal gain on the bus concourse is controlled by fixed louvres and a series of opening lights that retain heat in the winter and ventilate in the summer.

AHR associate director Alistair Branch said: “The design concept responded to the traditional character of the interchange, ensuring the Victorian booking hall was brought back to its former glory. The interchange is a great link to key parts of the North West and will help with the wider regeneration of the town.”

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