Lasting tribute to Paul Goggins MP unveiled at Wythenshawe Interchange

A plaque in memory of Paul Goggins MP was unveiled by his family at Wythenshawe Interchange on Friday.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) installed the plaque in memory of the former MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, following the completion of the new £6m facility earlier this summer.

Mr Goggins died in January 2014 after collapsing while out running. He was a key figure in Wythenshawe and had a career-long commitment to helping others including contributing to social work and supporting cancer sufferers.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “Wythenshawe Interchange is a fantastic development that’s helping to provide better access to jobs, healthcare and education for the people of the town – all things that Paul felt strongly about.

“Together with the new Metrolink line, which Paul played a key role in delivering at a Parliamentary level, it’s a superb gateway to a rejuvenated Wythenshawe – a legacy he would have been proud of.

“We were grateful to have Paul’s wife Wyn with us to unveil the plaque, which is a lasting tribute to an incredible man who dedicated his working life to helping others.”

Mike Kane MP, for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “Paul Goggins was an extraordinarily dedicated public servant, and was loved and respected by all.

“Paul constantly strived for Wythenshawe & Sale East and this plaque at the heart of the town centre where the fruits of Paul’s work with others can be seen all around is a fitting tribute.”

The interchange opened in July and supports the wider regeneration of Wythenshawe town centre.

An impressive gateway to the area, the new interchange offers improved safety and security for both bus and Metrolink passengers, as well as TfGM Travelshop, cycle parking facilities and enhanced passenger information systems.

It is an environmentally-friendly facility thanks to the 72 solar panels fitted to the roof, which provide about 10 per cent of the energy needed for the entire building.

WCHG’s Lottery funded ‘Real Food Wythenshawe’ project also launched an edible interchange with raised beds and planters. Jacqueline Naraynsingh said; “Our aim is to encourage people to eat healthily, so we thought we could grow edible plants at the interchange and then anyone on their way home from a hard day’s work can help themselves to herbs to use for their tea!”

This was a partnership led by Real Foods and supported by TfGM, Groundwork Manchester, MCC and The Forum Trust.  The Real Food team are already working with local primary schools to look after the plants, but they are also looking for volunteers to form ‘Friends of the Edible Station’ – so if you are interested, please get in touch with Jacqueline on 0161 946 7554.

Lasting tribute to Paul Goggins MP unveiled at Wythenshawe Interchange