Friday will see the deadline for cities across the UK to submit their bids to the £250m Emergency Active Travel Fund, supporting ‘bold’ and ‘speedy’ action to create pop-up infrastructure for cycling and walking, writes Steve Connor, chief executive of Creative Concern.
After its decision to part-pedestrianise Deansgate, the council has taken another step towards making the city more pedestrian friendly by closing off the Northern Quarter street to cars from this Saturday.
The council aims to start procurement for the Gore Street connection, a scheme to improve walking and cycling provision around Salford Central rail station and New Bailey, with a contractor set to be announced in August.
The North West will receive a share of a £1.7bn Government transport package, to fill 1.5m potholes, install priority bus lanes and undertake other improvements to make journeys “quicker, smoother and safer”, according to roads minister Baroness Vere.
The council will build a network of temporary cycle lanes to help kickstart the city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, following a review of traffic movements in the city that will also see the Merseyrail local rail network increase services from Monday.