£3.1 million schemes confirmed to enable thousands more journeys on foot or by bike through first phase of emergency active travel measures: GM-brand-landscape

24 Jul 2020

£3.1 million schemes confirmed to enable thousands more journeys on foot or by bike through first phase of emergency active travel measures

  • Immediate funding will see delivery of protected safe routes and traffic calming measures
  • Measures will help to provide a viable, safe travel alternative for the 1/3 of GM households that don’t have access to a car
  • Latest action as part of #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to protect public transport and provide safe travel options for third of Greater Manchester households with no car

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has allocated the first phase of its emergency active travel grant set to prioritise the rapid implementation of emergency protected routes. Schemes across GM districts will provide safe travel options for people without cars and to keep public transport free for those that need it most as retail, hospitality and workplaces start to re-open.

Following submission of a funding bid developed by Greater Manchester districts, the DfT has responded with confirmation that an initial £3.1m will be provided to deliver the first phase. In recognition of the ambition shown in the region’s bid for tranche 1 schemes, Greater Manchester received 100% of its allocation.

Councils have worked alongside the GMCA and TfGM to decide which routes will form part of tranche one and are expected to be delivered by October. More interventions will be delivered across the districts as further funding is confirmed.

Tranche one includes pop-up cycle lanes that will give people safe and direct routes to key destinations within their district, such as Chorley New Road in Bolton, and several routes in Salford. Key corridor routes are also being put in place to support commuter journeys including Bury A56, Tameside A635 and in Stockport, a route parallel to the A6.

Local measures include the implementation of modal filters and ‘quiet streets’ which prioritise people over cars on residential streets to create safe neighbourhoods and provide areas for those without access to outdoor space.

Ahead of submitting these proposals, most districts have given residents the opportunity to offer feedback about the measures they’d like to see put in place in their areas, to ensure the schemes truly benefit those who need them.

Through lockdown an increasing number of journeys have been made by bike, with the weekday cycling peak reaching 200,000 trips. This equates to an estimated one million cycle trips being made each week, an average 16% increase on pre lockdown levels.

Local Authorities launched the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing during coronavirus lockdown and recovery, with £5m of emergency funding made available through the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF).

This additional Government funding will advance the Greater Manchester wide campaign to provide pop-up infrastructure and temporary measures to enable safe essential travel for all Greater Manchester residents.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester has set out bold plans to create more space for cycling and walking across our city-region and we’re pleased the Government has backed our ambitions. These measures will help people in every borough of Greater Manchester to take advantage of safer, healthier alternatives to public transport and the car while social distancing remains in place. The political consensus around prioritising active travel is becoming stronger by the day and this is emerging as one area where Greater Manchester and the whole country is set to build back better.”

Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: “This emergency funding has empowered Greater Manchester leaders to take immediate action and provide safe travel options for their residents to get to and from key areas. 

“By creating temporary space for people to cycle and walk along major protected routes, local authorities can support those who want to do their bit to help save public transport for people who need it most. This will also ensure that the third of Greater Manchester households who don’t have access to a car are not denied the right to safe travel options. 

“These are big changes to make and I commend the local authorities for mobilising so quickly and showing bravery and commitment in reallocating space. Their actions will truly make a difference to social inclusion during this emergency situation and make sure everyone has access to safe travel.”

A list of the Safe Streets Save Lives tranche one schemes are listed on TfGM’s website at: https://tfgm.com/safestreets with further information available via the local authorities. The full details of proposals from each district can be found below.

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Notes to editors

Please find below details of measures being implemented:

Bolton

Chorley New Road from the Beehive roundabout to Queens Park – pop-up cycle lanes in both directions linking to the existing cycle lanes in Queens Park.

A6 Bolton Boundary with Salford to the Chequerbent Roundabout, Westhoughton – pop-up cycle lanes in both directions.

Bury

Bury will provide a "pop up" temporary cycle lane along the busy A56 Bury New Road, beginning at St Mary’s Park, Prestwich.

Manchester

Temporary closure of Deansgate
Closure of Ducie St London Rd to Dale St (the approach to Manchester Piccadilly station)
Closure of Stevenson Square

Oldham

Oldham Town Centre – Cheapside/West Street will see the reallocation of road space to pedestrians including a zebra crossing.

New markings and signage are currently underway, as well as work decluttering Oldham Town Centre to keep people safe.

Measures were initially implemented in Oldham Town Centre as shops began to re-open. These works will be extended to other local centres as more businesses start to reopen and will form part of an ongoing programme over the coming weeks and months.

Salford

Blackfriars Street pop up cycle lane
Chapel Street East/Victoria Bridge Street bus gate
Chapel Street East pop up cycle lane
Islington Neighbourhood modal filters/point closures
Oldfield Road Corridor pop up cycle lane
Liverpool Street pop up cycle lane 

Stockport

A 3.3km long cycle route using quiet streets parallel to the A6 between Heaton Chapel and Stockport Town Centre which includes a temporary signal junction, pop up cycle lanes, a cycle only filter point and an altered junction priority to speed cyclists on their way. 

Tameside

The council is creating safe routes along the A635 to provide a direct corridor for cyclists and pedestrians from Ashton town centre towards the city centre and back.

Quiet streets – Currier Lane and Stamford Drive

Trafford

A56 corridor
12-13 modal filters (various locations)
Lostock Road, Urmston – bollards
Edge Lane, Stretford (Stretford Metro Link) towards Kings Road
Chester Road, Stretford (Between City Road & Virgil Street) - Pop Up Lane
Marsland Road, Sale - pop up cycle lane
Edge Lane, Stretford (between Lime Road & Inglyby Ct)