Funding for a new promenade planned at The Quays by Peel has been awarded by the North West Development Agency.
The project designed by FoRM Associates, unveiled last autumn, is aimed at improving links with neighbouring Trafford Park, Media City and the rest of Salford Quays. It will connect to the new footbridge currently being built across the Ship Canal opposite Media City.
Mark Hughes, executive director of economic development at the NWDA, said: "Traditionally, Manchester, Salford and Trafford have developed independently of each other so the links between them can be poor. This new promenade is an important step in creating better connections at a key regional site.
"By establishing a new link this investment will encourage the flow of people and further investment between key employment hubs and visitor attractions, promoting economic growth along the waterfront, and increasing competitiveness."
Better access should encourage extra footfall around Trafford Wharf and through to Trafford Park, the Lowry, Imperial War Museum North and Old Trafford football and cricket grounds.