A consultation on the future of movement through the Northern Quarter has opened to the public, as part of the Greater Manchester Bee Network transport improvements.
Manchester City Council’s proposals for the Northern Quarter, illustrated by landscape architecture firm Planit-ie, include: more cycling features, a reduction in on-street parking, more trees and public spaces, smoother traffic flows, pavement improvements, traffic-free areas and the partial pedestrianisation of Stevenson Square.
These features would cost approximately £11m, £10.6m of which would come from the GM Mayor’s Challenge Fund, and £1m from the Government’s Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.
The council said: “The plans would make Manchester’s brilliant Northern Quarter streets even more dynamic, lovely to look at and pleasant to use. They would be safer, greener and better for everyone, especially for those enjoying this buzzing quarter of our city as it should be enjoyed: on foot and by bike, as well as other transport uses.”
The plans form part of the broader planned Greater Manchester travel upgrades that encompass more than 1,800 miles of routes across the city, 400 miles of which will have segregated bike lanes.
The public has until 17 February to comment on the proposals. The consultation can be accessed here.