STALYBRIDGE may become a future destination for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink system after Mayor Andy Burnham announced major transport plans.
But while the town’s MP Jonathan Reynolds is pleased it is on the agenda, the suggestion of an extension was met with doubts from others.
Mr Burnham unveiled his vision for the future of public transport on Monday, June 24.
And listed under schemes described as ‘interventions with the potential to be delivered by 2025’ was early development of a route realignment for a Metrolink extension to Stalybridge.
Mr Reynolds backed the announcement, which came under a document called Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040, saying it was great to see an extension to Stalybridge listed.
But others suggested otherwise, with Kevin Welsh replying: “Need to sort the trains and buses out before wasting vast amounts of money on Metrolink.”
Stalybridge Conservative councillor Doreen Dickinson also believes a decision to build the trams through could impact on businesses.
She said on Twitter: “I don’t know if the town retail can take any more disruption.
“We lost a lot of retail when the works to bring the canal through the centre were ongoing. Never fully recovered. Depends on route I think.”
Mr Burnham unveiled other plans to change public transport, including the introduction of ‘tram-trains’ along railway lines that run through Hyde to Glossop and Marple.
Also listed in items that may happen beyond 2025 were a new railway station at Dewsnap in Dukinfield and improved frequency of trams on the current line which ends in Ashton.