Travelodge has confirmed plans for two new hotels in Greater Manchester at a cost of £9 million and is looking to add seven more.

The budget chain is to create 45 new jobs with an 86-room property in Stockport and a 67-room hotel in Sale.

Travelodge has exchanged contracts for the two developments with both hotels expected to open by the end of 2016 subject to planning approval.

The chain’s property managing director, Paul Harvey, said: “Manchester is at the forefront of the UK boom and is a key growth area for Travelodge.

“The powerhouse is a vital hub for business, tourism and is also home to four universities. Therefore we are delighted to boost our current portfolio of 16 hotels in the city with two new prime additions in Sale and Stockport.

“However, we think there is still a huge opportunity to grow further in Greater Manchester in response to the growing demand from business and leisure visitors for good value accommodation.

“Therefore we are looking for a further seven new sites across the region to build more Travelodge hotels.

“These seven properties represent an investment of £35 million and will create around 200 new jobs. Sites include two in Manchester city centre, Cheadle, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan and Worsley.”