PEDESTRIANISATION and parking are being extended and modernised so that visitors to Ashton town centre have a better experience.
This work, which is taking place alongside the Vision Tameside regeneration project, is designed to make Ashton an easier, livelier and much more pleasant place to visit.
When Vision Tameside is completed in the spring the town centre will have an impressive new building housing an advanced skills centre for Tameside College, as well as a joint public service centre for Tameside Council, and a new Wilko store.
A library, customer services, Citizens Advice Bureau, credit union, welfare rights and job centre plus will also be located in the complex.
Construction of a new transport hub is under way, too. Once finished it will make Ashton town centre much more accessible by public transport.
Bollards will be used to create an area in which walkers have priority between 10am and 4pm. This will increase safety by allowing people to shop without having to worry about cars and vans.
Parking is being restructured, also. Tameside has the cheapest charges in Greater Manchester at £1 for three hours, and these will apply in new car parks that are opening in Ashton.
For on-street parking in limited-waiting bays, a new cashless system will be used.
It entails a quick and simple one-off registration process after which payment is by phone, text, or best of all by using a smartphone app. Charges apply between 8am and 6pm (Monday to Saturday).
Registered motorists will be entitled to 30 minutes for free, after which it will be £1 for up to one hour and £2 for up to two.
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