£8.4m of funding approved for Bee Network cycling and walking schemes
A total of £8.4m has been allocated to progressing the seven latest Bee Network cycling and walking schemes; as part of Greater Manchester’s plan to deliver the UK’s largest joined up cycling and walking network.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has today (18 December) approved £8.4m of the Mayor’s Challenge Fund to progress development of four cycling and walking schemes; two in Salford and two in Bolton, and to fully construct three schemes; one in Tameside, one in Salford and the first phase of the GM-wide Bee Network crossings improvements package.
This news comes in the same week that £15.9m of funding has been allocated across Greater Manchester by the government’s Active Travel Fund to deliver an additional 24 miles of cycling and walking routes.
Schemes approved for full delivery will see works begin on the ground in the coming months to provide safe cycling and walking routes both for shorter local journeys and also to key destinations. This includes the Salford RHS Links scheme which will see four miles of segregated cycle routes installed from local areas to the RHS Garden Bridgewater site, providing an alternative travel option for hundreds of thousands of expected visitors and employees.
More local interventions include improvements to 11 crossings in Harpurhey, Manchester as well as seven locations in Bury using a mixture of planters and bollards to allow walking and cycling only at certain points, signalised parallel crossings and parallel zebra crossings to address severance points on the Bee Network and connect routes for people travelling on foot or by bike for local journeys. Tameside will also be enabling local journeys on foot and bike with the first phase of their Active Neighbourhoods scheme, providing key crossings and links through local neighbourhoods..
These schemes are expected to be on the ground by the end of 2021, as part of Greater Manchester’s ‘Year of Delivery’ and take the total number of schemes at full delivery phase to 20, with an investment from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund of £40.8m.
Salford and Bolton each have two schemes that have been granted approval for development cost funding, which will allow them to take the Salford Barton Aqueduct, Salford Oldfield Road, Bolton Westhoughton and Bolton Astley Bridge and Crompton schemes to the next stages of development. These schemes form part of the councils’ extensive programmes of cycling and walking schemes which are moving at pace, with Salford recently launching public consultations on their latest schemes and Bolton due to unveil its first CYCLOPS junction in the New Year.
Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner said: “2021 is the ‘Year of Delivery’, with a commitment to getting 55 miles of safe cycling and walking routes on the ground, and the approval of these schemes clearly show we’re making steps to achieve that goal.
“Our ultimate goal is to enable an ever-increasing number of Greater Manchester residents and visitors to leave the car at home, making every day journeys to school, shops, or to public transport hubs on foot or by bike.”
The latest schemes with approved development costs are:
- Salford Barton Aqueduct - The scheme will provide a continuous traffic-free route across the Ship Canal by means of the aqueduct, enabling pedestrians and cyclists to avoid the busy B5211 Barton Rd/Redclyffe Rd and improving connections for residents to jobs and facilities at the Trafford Centre and Trafford Park. MCF funding requirement of £773,000.
- Salford Oldfield Road - The scheme will provide protected cycle lanes between Chapel Street and Regent Road with a CYCLOPS crossing at its junction with Liverpool Street providing better connectivity into Salford and Manchester city centres. MCF funding requirement of £642,000.
- Bolton Westhoughton - This Active Neighbourhood scheme will use community engagement to create filtered neighbourhoods and new walking and cycling links on, across and around Bolton Road, Church Street, the A6 and the A58. MCF funding requirement of £270,000.
- Bolton Astley Bridge and Crompton - This Active Neighbourhood scheme, based on community feedback, will provide modal filters, new and upgraded crossing points and improved access to schools and shops in the Blackburn Rd/Halliwell Rd/Moss Bank Way area. MCF funding requirement of £437,000.
The latest schemes approved for delivery are:
- Greater Manchester Bee Network Crossings (Phase 1) – This phase will deliver 18 new or upgraded crossings in Manchester and Bury. Seven crossings will be delivered in the East Ward area of Bury and 11 crossings will be delivered in the Harpurhey area of Manchester. This will include a range of interventions such as: modal filters, signalised parallel crossings, parallel zebra crossings and upgrading existing crossings to Toucans, to address severance points on the Bee Network, enabling sections to be opened up to pedestrians and cyclists. MCF funding requirement of £2,400,666.
- Tameside Active Neighbourhoods (Phase one) – The first phase will deliver Hill Street and Chadwick Dam, whilst the four other schemes in Rayner Lane, Ross Lave Lane, Stamford Drive and Clarendon Road are still under development as part of Phase two. Hill Street will deliver a series of cycle improvement, including a contraflow cycle lane, as well as providing a new parallel zebra crossing to enhance cycle access. Chadwick Dam will provide improvements to an off-road path and another new parallel zebra crossing for pedestrians and cycles. MCF funding requirement of £687,000.
- Salford RHS Links - The scheme will provide approximately 6.3km of cycle way interventions to the RHS Garden Bridgewater site from local areas, providing a high quality, safe access route for an estimated 600,000 visitors and employees. The scheme will also include new lighting for 4.6km of the route and way-finding signage for the full scheme. The Salford RHS Links scheme also benefits from funding contributions from the Growth Deal programme and a local contribution from Salford City Council. MCF funding requirement of £3,204,706.
These schemes will be part of Greater Manchester’s Bee Network - a plan to deliver an 1,800 mile, joined up cycling and walking network across the city-region. So far, 82 schemes from the 10 GM local authorities and TfGM are in the development pipeline for the Mayor’s Challenge Fund (MCF), with a total value of £493M – around a third of the total forecast cost of £1.5bn required to deliver the Bee Network as a whole across Greater Manchester over the next 10 years.
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