Shop occupancy buoyant plus exiting new market on the way.
Flixton’s Ward Councillors take pride in the continuing success of the redevelopment of Urmston town centre. The latest news includes details that the town centre’s occupancy rate has reached new heights, offering more shops and businesses with a greater range of goods and services to local people.
Recent planning approvals herald a revival of the market which will include a food hall and an improved artisan market.
Noting the success story, Flixton Ward Councillor Viv Ward commented:- “The thrill of this is seeing Urmston booming and become a destination shopping centre with a thriving evening economy of restaurants and bars. It benefits us all to have a successful town centre at the heart of our community. We have made great strides in a short space of time.”
In 2015 after residents raised concerns with her about poor ticketing options at Urmston station, Christine Turner led a campaign to have a ticket machine installed. Christine said “Installing a ticket machine will help to reduce queues and save time for residents”.
Asking residents to support the campaign and sign the petition Christine then wrote to Transport for Greater Manchester and asked for them to provide better facilities at the station. The Head for Rail at Transport for Greater Manchester replied saying that the proposal to install a ticket machine would be considered as part of the ongoing review. She also said that the next stage would be to negotiate with the new franchise owner and they were hoping to have this concluded by the spring of 2016.
It has taken time but as you can see from the next picture, Northern Rail have installed a ticket machine at Urmston station. This will help residents using the station and give them a better experience.