The city council has approved local funding for the connectivity project, and will now seek to confirm £485,000 from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund.
The Gore Street project was discussed before the city mayor at Salford City Council’s property & regeneration briefing last night.
Salford’s director of place recommended that city mayor Paul Dennett approve updated proposals to the Gore Street Connection along with a council match-funding contribution of £195,000, reallocated from pinch point funding.
With an estimated total cost of £680,000, the council is now seeking around £485,000 in MCF support.
The Mayor’s Challenge Fund as a whole, announced in 2018, is a £160m masterplan for active travel throughout the ten boroughs.
The Gore Street Connection is one of eight projects that received Tranche 5 programme entry status in June 2019 as part of a series of city centre connectivity schemes.
Gore Street, sitting between Chapel Street and Salford Central station and linking the Trinity Way ring road and New Bailey Street, sits at the heart of an area undergoing massive change, with residential-led projects coming forward to match the commercial space emerging at New Bailey.
The Filaments, developer Grainger’s 364-apartment scheme on the north side of Gore Street, is due to complete this year.
The connection scheme itself will improve a 175m stretch between Trinity Way and New Bailey Street, integrating with new developments and supporting the opening up of railway arches to create new pedestrian routes through what is described in council papers as “currently a significant barrier”.
In March, a daytime walking and cycling route was opened between Gore Street and New Bailey, funded by English Cities Fund.
A spokesman said: “With placemaking and active travel high up the agenda, we were keen to open this fantastic, safe route for both walking and cycling to connect communities.”
The original Gore Street scheme allowed for a left turn into Trinity Way, however this has been ruled out.
Consultation has been carried out and detailed design work is expected to be finished this month. If all funding is approved, the project is earmarked to start in November this year and reach completion in February 2022.