The council has received more than £15.9m in funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor to deliver a package of five schemes to improve walking and cycling provision across the borough.
The funding came from the Mayoral Challenge Fund, to which Stockport Council submitted a bid last year. The five planned projects form part of Greater Manchester’s wider Bee Network transport initiative, and work starts this month.
Engineers have already started work to create a signal-controlled parallel crossing on Gillbent Road in Cheadle Hulme, with segregated space for pedestrians and cyclists – the first of its kind in the UK, according to Stockport. This is expected to be the first of the five schemes to be completed, before Christmas.
Another project has begun in the Heatons, marking the start of the Heaton Cycle Links scheme. This aims to create a series of quiet routes for pedestrians and cyclists linking the Manchester Cycleway (Fallowfield Loop) and the Trans-Pennine Trail at Heaton Mersey.
At Harwood Road, path improvement work will start in the coming weeks at Meadows Road, close to the McVities factory, and, in the new year, a pedestrian and cycle crossing will be installed on Didsbury Road in Heaton Mersey and path improvements will start at Nelstrop Road in Heaton Chapel.
The third project aims to create a new walking and cycling link between Offerton and Stockport town centre, including four pedestrian and cycle crossings and improved paths in St Thomas’ Recreation Ground.
The fourth project involves the installation of three pedestrian and cycle crossings on Councillor Lane and Bird Hall Road in Cheadle Hulme.
Finally, the council expects to start on the Bramhall Park to A6 scheme this autumn – a 4.1km route between Simpson’s Corner in Hazel Grove and Bramhall Park. The walk-ride route will link residential areas in Hazel Grove and Bramhall with Hazel Grove Leisure Centre and Hazel Grove High School. It will also link to the pedestrian and cycle path on the A555.
Cllr David Meller, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “This council wants Stockport to become pioneers when it comes to cycling and walking routes in Greater Manchester, so it is great news that work is ready to start on our first #BeeNetwork routes.
“During the consultation phase, all these schemes received support, so I can’t wait for them to be finished and open so our residents can experience them.
Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, added: “Having listened to public feedback, the council is now delivering schemes residents have said they want, so they can get to work, shops and schools without having to drive.
“These schemes will open up lots of cross-borough routes…and [help] riding and walking become a truly attractive choice for the people of Stockport.”