Trafford Cycle Project

Trafford set to approve £2.6m cycling spend

A £2.6m cycling and walking improvement package for a route between Urmston and Sale Water Park will go before Trafford Council’s executive with a recommendation for approval.

The executive meets today to look at the Mersey Valley proposal. The plans, which are being managed by One Trafford – the council’s partnership with Amey – will build on existing infrastructure, upgrading cycling facilities near the M60 and linking Urmston and Sale Water Park to the Mersey Valley Visitors Centre and Jackson’s Boat Bridge.

The proposed route will run between Trafford and Manchester and incorporates Jackson’s Boat Bridge, which connects the two boroughs over the river Mersey. The access on one side of the existing bridge is described as an “extremely steep slope” and various options as to its modification were considered as part of a 2018 consultation process.

However, the bridge has now been listed with grade two status, and it is proposed to build a new bridge alongside it that can accommodate cyclists, pedestrians and horses.

Should funding be available, a further cycle route could also be built through Turn Moss playing fields.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, executive member for environment, air quality and climate change, said: “This scheme would  create a fantastic new cycle infrastructure that takes in one of the most popular areas in Greater Manchester for bike riders and walkers.

“As part of our health and wellbeing strategies, we want to encourage more people to cycle and walk in the area and enjoy the beautiful countryside.”

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Good news – the cycle routes around that area are very hit and miss – going from smooth gravel or tarmac to loose bricks and mud at random intervals.

By Nice

This is great new, hope it goes ahead. They do need to make sure its safe though…there have been reports of muggings on some south Manchester cycle routes where people have had their bikes taken…safety has to a major consideration before its built.

By Anonymous

It’s a shame they couldn’t include a link to the bridge near the Spur, especially the path to Urmston is often very poor in winter. However, I noticed over the weekend that the path from Ashton Golf Club down to the Mersey is being resurfaced, which should be good!

By Steve P

I am keen to see improvements,
I feel £2.6M is better spent wisely to improve hospitals in the area of Trafford,
I dare say better cancer screening would help a lot of people in Trafford,

By Philip

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