Rochdale Borough Council has set the wheels in motion for easier movement around the town centre with the opening a new taxi rank next to the transport interchange.
The new seven space facility, at the junction of River Street and Faulkner Street, will operate alongside other ranks in the town centre and help provide easier access to the Southern and Eastern parts of Rochdale.
Two loading bays have also been created as part of the scheme to help Drake Street traders and the new Morrisons M local store, which is set to open on Smith Street early in the new year.
And a new Shopmobility facility and cycle hub are set to open next to the site in Spring 2015.
Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Cabinet Member for Environment at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “This new taxi rank will be a welcome addition to Rochdale’s rapidly improving town centre. It will better connect the different parts of the town and enhance our fantastic transport facilities. Even, better, it will be directly accessible via steps and a ramp from the bus station and will generally improve the appearance of the area.”Richard Ward, Owner of Miller Brook Properties, which owns the building at Number 2 Smith Street, part of which will soon be a Morrisons Local store, said: “The new loading bays were a critical factor in bringing Morrisons into the town centre, as they needed a location with excellent facilities. We have exciting plans for the rest of the building, with potential for a coffee shop or restaurant, and being on the doorstep of a transport hub like this will be a big factor in making this happen. These changes will help turn this part of town into a really vibrant, well used area.”