Manchester eyes summer start for Deansgate improvement works
In a bid to help encourage active travel in the city centre, the city council has detailed its plans for a slew of changes to the prominent road and its neighbours – all funded with Active Travel Fund cash.
Manchester City Council’s to-do list includes installing a CYCLOPS junction at Peter Street and Quay Street; planting trees, shrubs, and rain gardens on Whitworth Street West, Old Deansgate, and Chester Road; and adding a zebra crossing at the junction of Great Jackson Street and Chester Road.
The £4m plans also call for integrating bus stops and cycle lanes to allow cyclists a safe way to pass stopped busses. Other bus stops would be relocated to “optimal” locations, according to the council.
More disabled parking bays would also be created by the initiative. You can see the full list of changes at manchester.gov.uk.
“Transforming the way in which we get around Manchester is a key ambition of the council in the coming years,” said Cllr Tracey Rawlins, executive member for environment and transport at the council.
“From a car-dominated model we want to encourage more people to walk, wheel, or use public transport to get around,” she continued.
“But in order to encourage this change we need to reimagine the infrastructure across our city. By giving over more space to pedestrian and cyclists we hope to encourage a shift towards more environmentally friendly ways of travelling, as well as finding new ways to boost people’s health and wellbeing.”
The project builds from feedback gathered from two consultation exercises, one from 2021 and the other from 2022.
With final designs in place and cash in hand, all that stands in the way of the work beginning is the approval of a Traffic Regulation Order. If that can be secured, the city council said work will begin this summer.