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.