Trafford Road Cycleway

Salford on track with £20m Trafford Road cycleway

Work on the cycleway linking MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Ordsall and Old Trafford is set to start next summer as the council progresses the £20m scheme to the detailed design stage.

The £20m scheme will run the length of Trafford Road from the M602 roundabout down to Salford Quays, and is proposed to link into Greater Manchester’s wider Bee Network cycling and walking scheme.

As well as improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, the scheme is also to include better junction capacity along Trafford Road with the aim of improving access to the Quays.

Salford City Council secured £20m to bring the scheme forward, which is now at detailed design stage. Funding will come from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which has provided £10.5m via its Growth Deal Fund; £4.8m from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund, with the remainder coming from Salford City Council.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 and will run until early 2022.

The Bee Network was launched in June last year and is claimed to be the UK’s largest cycling network, covering 1,000 miles of routes and 75 miles of “Dutch-style” segregated bike lanes.

A public consultation is being held on the plans at the Copthorne Hotel at Clippers Quay on 21 November between 10am and 7pm.

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Will these cycle lanes feature any affordable housing? Also, where will I park my massive SUV?

By Anonymous

almost 2 years roadworks, absolutely pathetic, salford council doing a hatchet job on another road like Chapel Street.

By Dave

We do not have the weather for cycling! Wish councils would stop wasting money on this nonsense.

By Dan

@Dan Neither do the Netherlands…

By Matt

Will Andy Burnham increase the council tax again?

By Paul

or Copenhagen…

By @Dan

Remember folks, that before cars people never ventured outside when it was raining or cold. People in Scandinavia who don’t own cars have evolved to hibernate during the winter months, how could I ever cycle 10 minutes in the rain! Oh the horror!

By Aaron

It’s about time.

By L

Usual level of contempt for money being spent on anything other than roads for cars. We have spent the last 50 years spending money on cars and all it seems to have achieved is grid lock and pollution

By Lovemcr

Fantastic news, anything which improves the cycle/pedestrian network is a massive bonus for the city region, economically and environmentally

By Bradford

Excellent news

By Lenny1968

Excellent news, cycling infra has an average economic benefit to cost ratio of 13:1 it makes complete sense to invest in this rather than maintain the status quo


But what about the parks? How can we survive in a global city without a park where we can sit on the muddy grass in the pouring rain 300 days of the year.

By Anonymous

“Will these cycle lanes feature any affordable housing? Also, where will I park my massive SUV?”


By Anonymous

No money for the homeless or social care where are Salford finding the money from another hair brained idea just like the crescent

By Ratepayer

There are clearly some dinosaurs still out there. When this is complete I’ll bet the volume of people entering the city through this corridor at peak times will go up, just like you see in London.

By Rich X

I could think of many more useful & practical ways of spending that huge amount of money !

By Paul Robert Walker

I viewed the plans and spoke to the designers. Different to your editorial there is minimal traffic improvement and when asked the designers said they didn’t know if it would improve traffic flow. This road is a ‘car park’ at certain times of day, to spend £20m and two years to build a cycle lane is a missed opportunity and a wasted resource not to improve this important Manchester corridor. Some of us who live here can use bicycles as we actually travel for our jobs. A long tine if disruption costing tine and money for little or no gain

By Andrew Nelson

Hopefully they could invest in the technology to improve the traffic light sequencing while they are at it because it is terrible at the moment

By Allotmentlad

Cars are the least space-efficient way of moving people and goods around – a three-metre wide lane can move 700 to 1,100 people per hour in cars, whereas for bicycles and walking this increases from 2,000 to 6,500.

There are also multiple city case studies, such as the construction of Cycle Superhighways in London, which show that changing car space to bicycle space does not adversely affect car travel times.

By Ditch_B

Too many car lanes – sick of being held up by hair brained lanes for cars on my commute home. Car lanes cause congestion.

Something like that anyway.

By BillyboyCauseDaveWasBanned

There are too many cars in Manchester. They block cyclists from getting through, block the trams, block the buses. It’s time to cull the number of cars in Manchester, they just get in the way.

By Anonymous

More cyclists riding down lanes wide enough to get a jumbo jet down. Bliss. Whilst people paying to use the roads are huddled into one lane taking three days to go one mile unable to use an empty bus lane which sees one bus per day, anyway enough about Bury Old Road at Heaton Park.

By Elephant

This is a route I would never have cycled on because its so dangerous. Now I will. That will remove one car from the road for a start.

By Biker Jim

Interesting to spot there are 3 buses in their image above, this route is terribly serviced by public transport unless you are on a tram route, perhaps look at that first….

By Dave

Cyclists should be on a marked nearside lane on the road. Cyclists on a ‘racing track’ next to pedestrians will mean dozens of slight, serious and crippling injuries and even deaths every year. Pedestrians will live in fear of accidently stepping onto these racing tracks, which they will be unable to avoid if they have to access a bus stop or cross over the road. Many European cities learned this lesson long ago and have put cyclists where they belong, on the road. Perhaps those pedestrian on the drawing squeezed next to the walls, should take to the rooftops. It would be safer.

By James Yates

Elephant – everybody who pays council tax “pays for the roads”. Road tax was abolished in the 1930s. Motorists should be grateful to cyclists for taking cars off the road and reducing congestion. Anything which makes life difficult for motorists, who pollute our environment just to get themselves around, is a good thing in my opinion.

By Anonymous

No one pays to use the roads in this country. People do pay tax to drive cars or other vehicles that produce emissions. Building more road capacity gets you more cars and more traffic jams, as proven time and again with road ‘improvements’ across the country. The only way to increase capacity on the roads for those who only want to drive is to build capacity elsewhere in the network – public transport, cycling, walking, (monorail??) – to encourage those are keen, willing and able to ditch the car and try something else. It *should* improve the situation for everyone, if done properly. Fingers crossed.

By Hmmm

Manchester needs more roads, traffic is a joke, not good for business.


Elephant – car users are not paying to use the roads, they are paying to pollute them, that’s what Vehicle Excise Duty aka “road tax” is. If bikes had to pat it would be £0. Hopefully the car traffic will encourage you to use public transport.

By Bradford

I’m amazed at the amount of dumb comments on here.

By daveboi

Bradford I would use public transport if there was any. As I work in Bolton and live in Bury which has no train link, I will use my car thanks rather than spend 40 minutes on a filthy bus which doesn’t take me anywhere near where I work from where I live. Invest in proper public transport and not gimmicks Greater Manchester. London gets Crossrail and we get cycle lanes.

By Elephant

@Elephant – Greater London gets both; Greater Manchester needs both.

By Active Travel Trev