Manchester Metrolink is to increase its park-and-ride provision at Radcliffe and Whitefield, having received planning approval from Bury Council.
The number of parking spaces will be increased at Radcliffe by 111 to 480 and at Whitefield by 123 to 331. Single additional parking decks will be added to the existing sites, along with increased lighting, signage, CCTV, electric vehicle charging points and cycle storage.
The news comes just days after a 360-space park-and-ride site was completed at Parkway on the Trafford Park Line, which opened to passengers in March, seven months ahead of schedule.
Councillor Mark Aldred, chairman of the Greater Manchester Transport Committee, said: “Radcliffe and Whitefield have historically been amongst our most popular and well-used sites and were often full by 7.30am on a weekday morning before the outbreak of coronavirus.
“Although nowhere near the levels we were at previously, adding capacity to our busiest park and ride sites will provide more options for people as we look to recover and return patronage to pre-pandemic levels.
“Significantly, the extra spaces will be available at a time when we’re adding more capacity to the network through our new trams – and is welcome news just days after completing the major new park and ride site on the Trafford Park line.”