GMCA has to be applauded for taking the initiative to explore the potential to realise new opportunities around railway land across Greater Manchester. The extent of property owned by a number of infrastructure providers in strategic locations is staggering. Equally the potential to do so much more with these sites. Other local authorities could be encouraged to follow suit.
Greater Manchester council leaders are in talks with Network Rail to form a partnership to develop public land surrounding 98 train stations in the region. Land around Greater Manchester stations like Stockport ‘could be put to better use’ Source: El Pollock/Wikimedia Commons They approached Network Rail after the government refused to allow stations in Greater Manchester to be devolved to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in December. Chief executive of the GMCA Eamonn Boylan said they were now pursuing plan B and discussing with Network Rail the viability of a partnership deal that would deliver both commercial and residential schemes.