WORK has started to transform a railway station that is likely to become even busier in coming years.
Hattersley’s ticket office has been closed as it is being replaced with a new facility to serve more than 110,000 passengers a year on the direct line to Manchester Piccadilly.
With the Godley Green Garden Village development planned on the area’s doorstep, demand could rise if it gets the go ahead.
But after the £571,000 scheme – which started on January 10 – it is hoped the office will be fit for purpose.
The new one will house a waiting area, passenger toilet, working spaces and seating for passengers.
While work – expected to be completed by the end of April – goes on, the number of car parking spaces available will be reduced but the cycle parking facilities at the station will not be affected.
In addition, the Amazon locker will be removed but it will return to Hattersley Road West.
The scheme is being funded by a £750,000 grant given to Tameside Council from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, through the Manchester Growth and Reform Plan Transport Strategy and Investment Plan.
Separately, council chiefs are also planning to provide a new bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders across the railway to provide access.
Cllr Warren Bray, Tameside Council’s executive member for transport and connectivity, said: “This shows our commitment to improving transport links across our borough, providing modern infrastructure and a sustainable environment that works for all.
“Upgrading Hattersley ticket office is part of a long-term programme of works that will ensure we can support and improve essential public transport connections throughout Tameside.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern Trains – who the £571,000 has been given to in order to deliver the project – added: “By continuing to upgrade infrastructure across our route we can keep providing passengers with the best possible experience using our trains.
“This new ticket office in Hattersley will provide upgraded facilities for passengers from the area where they can also continue using vital community services like the Amazon Locker.”
Passengers who still need tickets from Hattersley can purchase them online or via the Northern app. Alternative nearby ticket offices are available at Newton for Hyde and Broadbottom stations.