Work on the first phase of a £13.5m walking and cycling route from Manchester city centre to Chorlton is set to start later this year, although there have been some changes to the wider plan following responses to a public consultation.
According to Manchester City Council, while 70% of 1,800 responses to the consultation were in support of the scheme, there were concerns received from residents and businesses due to some aspects of the plan.
The Chester Road to Stretford Road part of the route is to be built first, including the creation of a ‘Cyclops’ junction at Royce Road, an orbital cycle route which separates cyclists from traffic. Work is expected to begin before the end of 2019.
The Stretford Road to Seymour Grove section of the route will be progressed to a detailed design stage, with the Brooks Bar junction design subject to a review of its potential impact on the local road network.
Plans for the sections of the route stretching from Seymour Grove to Hardy Lane are to be reviewed, in response to comments received from residents and Chorlton businesses. Work on this part of the route is provisionally due to start in summer 2020.
One-way streets at Ollerton Avenue and Ashley Avenue are to be removed from the plans.
The route is being proposed by Manchester City Council, the One Trafford Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, with funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s challenge fund and the Government’s cycle cities ambition grant.
Cllr Angeliki Stogia, executive member for the environment, planning and transport, said: “The response to the consultation on the proposals for this ambitious new walking and cycling way was huge and it’s great to know that the majority of responses were really positive. This is clearly a project that people want to see and which will support the city’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2038 at the latest.
“Work will now proceed on the first phase of the scheme, which will include a new Cyclops junction. And having listened to what local residents and businesses have had to say, there are parts of the original scheme which we will now revisit, in order to ensure that this is a route which works for the whole community.”