This disused train station in Levenshulme is being transformed into a cafe bar

Station South

A disused train station on the Fallowfield Loop is being converted into a cafe, bar and co-working space. 

Levenshulme South Station has been lying dormant since closing to passengers since 1958, having previously been part of the defunct Fallowfield rail line.

Today, the old building occupies a prominent spot on the 8-mile, off-road cycle path which curves around South Manchester - and a small team of entrepreneurs have moved to renovate the platform as an idyllic stop-off spot for cyclists.

The Station South project has been going since 2018 but the group broke important ground last week - with their social media account unveiling the removal of exterior scaffolding as restoration moves into the next phase.

Station South revealed the news in a four-part thread on Twitter, stating: "We're a bit emotional as the scaffolding comes down on the front of the site today. Thanks to everyone for continued support, we know it's been a longer wait than we or you anticipated...

"Glass and doors will go in when we move into the site to start the next phase of works. We hope you agree it's worth the wait. It's become bigger than even we first anticipated in terms of the scope of works and the scale of the communities imagination.

"We WILL see it serve as a really great multi-purpose building and the plans for the green space, with all the (cycle) bells and whistles. Needed more more than ever now we think you'll agree!

"So we've been securing the extra funding to enable that BIG ambition. More info on that and a new timeline soon! Thank you all for sticking with us as we progress this project! For the time being enjoy the brickwork."

Levenshulme South station in 1959. Photo by H. Milligan.
Levenshulme South renovations in 2020. Photo by Station South.

There's been a boom in the number of bike riders in Britain since the outbreak of COVID-19 - with Association of Cycle Traders reporting that 20,000 sold bikes were still awaiting delivery and building in April.

The government are eager for the country to continue its enthusiasm for cycling, too. Last week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a £2 billion sustainable transport package to install pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors.

Cycling has increased 22 per cent in Manchester alone, and Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged to provide pavement extensions, one-way streets, and extra cycle lanes to make movement around the city safer and more sustainable.

Updates on the progress of the Station South project are available on their website.

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