Funding approved for Manchester roads

More than £8m is to be spent improving Manchester’s busiest roads over the next three years, funded by the city council’s clean city fund and the Department for Transport.

The additional money will pay for improvements to some of the city’s most well-used routes.

The work, which will start in summer 2016 and continue until 2018, will see the routes being resurfaced and repainted, cutting the number of accidents and making the roads more cycle friendly.

Work will be carried out along a northbound stretch of Broadway, from Nuthurst Road to Moston Lane in north Manchester, used by nearly 19,000 vehicles a day.

Improvements are also planned for a three mile stretch of Stockport Road, from Devonshire Street in Ardwick to Lloyd Road in Levenshulme, used by more than 22,000 vehicles per day.

Work will also be carried out along a three mile stretch of Hyde Road, from Ardwick roundabout to Kingsdale Road in Gorton. This stretch, used by more than 23,000 vehicles per day, will benefit from new signals at the junction of Clowes Street as well as the resurfacing and repainting work.

More improvements are also being considered for other routes in the city, including stretches of Palatine Road in south Manchester.

A 20% contribution towards the cost of the scheme was needed in order to secure the DfT money, and cash from the city’s £14.5m clean city fund, provided by the council’s shareholding in Manchester Airports Group, was used to ensure the project is provided with no cost to Manchester council taxpayers.

The fund was provided largely due to MAG’s sell-off of Stansted Airport, and is being used to provide one-off projects which will benefit the city’s appearance and environment.

Cllr Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “These are some of the busiest routes in the city, and they are also roads which we receive large numbers of complaints about. We need real investment in our roads – simply sending out crews to fill potholes when they are reported is not good enough as these are temporary fixes and the problems often reoccur just weeks later. These improvements will also link with other planned projects to help us create a road network fit for a growing 21st century city.”

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Any link to the plans? Stockport Road is badly in need of improvements for all users, motorists, buses and especially cyclists. The travel plan produced by Atkins for the proposed secondary school in Ardwick was a laughable document, highlighting the partial, frequently blocked and unsegregated cycle lanes as the sort of infrastructure that will discourage people from accessing it by car or the heavily overburdened 192 bus service.

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