Greater Manchester to deliver 24 miles of cycling and walking routes using national Government’s Active Travel Fund
- National government has committed a further £16m to Greater Manchester (GM) to deliver 24 miles of permanent cycling and walking routes.
- Announcement bolsters Greater Manchester’s Bee Network Year of Delivery with a core network of cycling routes on major corridors to Manchester and Salford city centres; some of the key schemes being delivered.
- Manchester city centre and the city-region's towns are also set to benefit from a further 17 filter points and footpath improvements, as well as three junction improvements and six new crossings.
- New routes will be a key part of the delivery of Greater Manchester’s Our Network plans for a truly integrated public transport system.
A further 24 miles of permanent walking and cycling routes will be delivered across Greater Manchester using £15.97 million from the government’s Active Travel fund (formerly the Emergency Active Travel Fund), Transport for Greater Manchester announced today.
The funding will see 25 schemes delivered across all 10 councils to provide safe travel options for the third of GM residents who do not have access to a car. This second phase of routes will build on the initial £3.1m government funding, awarded to Greater Manchester in July 2020, which is already delivering 25 miles of pop up cycling and walking routes into town centres and the regional centre, as well as two pop up active neighbourhoods. In addition, Greater Manchester has already committed to delivering 55 miles of permanent, high quality cycling and walking routes by December 2021.
Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, said: “The first round of government funding back in July gave us the chance to trial cycling and walking routes, a try-before-you-buy experience. This latest funding will not only allow us to continue to do that, but to deliver permanent measures that will enable people to make the change long term, intrinsically linked to our plans to deliver the Bee Network – the UK’s largest cycling and walking network. We will be consulting and engaging extensively with residents to ensure we get the locations right and let them tell us where routes are needed the most.
“By giving more people the choice to walk or ride to shops and school for those shorter local journeys, we can change travel habits for good, improve our health, clean up the air and, ultimately, make us happier. The award also shows the confidence government has in the people of Greater Manchester to lead the way in creating an example for the rest of the UK, something everyone in GM should be very proud of.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham said: “This latest round of funding will not only support our long-term recovery from the pandemic, it will reduce congestion and air pollution on our roads, making our streets nicer places to be on foot and by bike, and moving us a step closer to a truly integrated transport system.
“I must champion the tireless efforts of our local authorities to develop and now deliver these schemes. It’s a huge vote of confidence that national government gave us more money than we originally asked for. They clearly see great value in our ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester a true cycling and walking region.”
A GM-wide package of measures to transform the school run from congested roads, poor air quality and inconsiderate parking will also be delivered over the next 12 months. Further details will be announced shortly.
Councils across Greater Manchester are now working hard to complete the five-point plan set out by the Department for Transport in order for funds to be released. This includes a public consultation on every scheme, reflecting the potential for the routes and active neighbourhoods to become permanent.
The plans align with the city region’s vision for a 1,800 mile long Bee Network; underpinning Greater Manchester’s long-term ambition to be a world class cycling and walking city-region. The measures, alongside the GM bike hire scheme, will enable hundreds of thousands of additional cycling and walking journeys across the city region.
A new map has also been published today, showcasing the city-region’s 12-month priority cycling and walking schemes. This includes the Active Travel Fund walking and cycling routes, as well as the Bee Network routes and active neighbourhoods that will be delivered by December 2021.
Further information can be found at tfgm.com/safestreets.
Active Travel Fund proposed schemes (tranche 2)
All schemes are subject to public consultation prior to implementation.
- Manchester Road Corridor - A major segregated cycleway on the Manchester Road A575/B6356/A6053/A666 radial corridor to access Bolton town centre from the south. The scheme will be delivered in two phases:
- Phase 1, Bolton to Farnworth, will connect the high quality cycling and walking infrastructure, including two CYCLOPS junctions currently being delivered as part of Bee Network MCF schemes in Bolton town centre, connecting with the large local centre of Farnworth, where a recent Streets for All Corridor Study has led to a Future High Streets Fund bid to deliver a major cycling and walking focused scheme through the town centre. The scheme will formalise the cycle lanes through road space reallocation and light segregation in the form of wand-orcas or similar.
- Phase 2, south of Farnworth, will provide similar facilities, connecting from the southern extent of the proposed local centre scheme in Farnworth, a further 1.5 miles to the south through the residential area of Kearsley.
- A58 Moss Bank Way Corridor (Doffcocker to Astley Bridge Junction).
- Bury Fishpool and Pimhole Active Neighbourhood - A series of measures to improve access and enable walking and cycling trips within the Fishpool and Pimhole residential areas to Bury College and town centre, including a protected cycle route and new crossings and modal filters.
Stretches of Market Street and Wellington Street will be modified with a new two-way segregated cycle track, of 0.6 miles in total.
- City Centre Triangle - The £4m scheme will see improved cycling and walking links created between the city centre’s three major train stations - Deansgate, Piccadilly and Victoria, plus bus hubs at Piccadilly, Shudehill and the coach station. It will consist of key corridors between the key transport hubs and incorporate other pedestrian and cycling schemes within the city, including the Northern Quarter cycling and walking project and Deansgate, to provide a continuous route through the city for people on bikes. The scheme’s final design and route are to be determined subject to public consultation.
- Wythenshawe Cycling and Walking Improvements - The £1.5m Wythenshawe scheme will be developed by Manchester City Council, in partnership with Trafford Borough Council, to improve cycling links between Wythenshawe town centre, Wythenshawe Hospital and the city centre. Subject to consultation, the scheme aims to improve and provide new dedicated cycle infrastructure from Simonsway via Wythenshawe Hospital to the Bridgewater Canal, to give a continuous route suitable for all levels of cycling experience. The scheme will involve the construction of new cycle routes and parallel crossings, while existing off-highway cycleways will be widened and resurfaced, with new lighting provided. The final route will be subject to consultation.
- School Streets – Measures to support schools in promoting cycling and walking and social distancing by restricting access for motorised vehicles at times of the school day.
- Sandy Lane/Rochdale Lane, Royton – A modal filter at Chapel Street/Sandy Lane, continuous side road crossings, footway widening, one-way route with cycle contraflow, kerb to kerb junction plateaus and a zebra aligned with the new MCF crossing on Rochdale Road.
- Coal Pit Lane modal filter/’quiet route’ plus pedestrian/cycle improvements – Creation of a quiet route for cyclists and pedestrians by implementing a point closure between White Bank Road towards the Ashton Road junction and improvements to the route to improve its attractiveness and safety for users.
- Oldham Town Centre – Lees – Grotton Linear Park – crossing points and gateways – A series of improvements at the intersection of the pedestrian/cycle route along the disused railway at the points it crosses the highway, including: Wellyhole Street; Cranbrook Street; Moorhey Street; Clarksfield Street; Station Road; and Ashbrook Road.
Treatments could include new continuous crossings and complimentary 20mph zones, gateway features and improved access controls.
- Links to Royal Oldham Hospital – Creation of cycle and pedestrian facilities from the subway at Westhulme Avenue through the residential area surrounding the hospital to link with and upgrade an existing path leading directly into the hospital. The scheme will include place making improvements at key points on the route.
- Wellington Street modal filter/’quiet route’ – Creation of a quiet route for cyclists and pedestrians by implementing a point closure from Alexandra Retail Park and the MCF Park Road scheme to connect via Rhodes Bank to the proposed new Growth Deal 3 Toucan at the Rhodes Bank/Waterloo Street junction.
- Milnrow Town Centre - A new 530-metre cycling and walking route through Milnrow town centre, on Dale Street, from Edmund Street to Stone Street. The project will also support moves to create more outdoor space, to support social distancing and give people more travel options as the pandemic continues.
- Leonards - Part closure of St Leonard’s Street to enable a section of the road to be reallocated as cycling and walking provision. Planters will also be installed here to improve the appearance of the area.
- Eccles Old Road – Proposal includes light segregation upgrade to existing advisory cycle lanes on Eccles Old Road between Langworthy Road to Salford Royal Hospital. The route will provide improved links to Salford Royal Hospital and Salford University, and employment opportunities in the town of Eccles and at MediaCityUK/ Salford Quays.
- Blackfriars Street – Upgrading the temporary measures installed during the first tranche of emergency active travel schemes to provide a segregated cycle route. Central to the objectives of this scheme, and the access and movement aspirations for this part of the city centre, is the continuation of high-quality cycle provision along Blackfriars Street.
- A6 Cycleway – Proposals include “pop-up cycle lanes” along the A6 corridor to upgrade sections of existing advisory cycle lanes to provide light segregation cycle routes. The exact sections are to be determined but will improve cycle access to local centres, schools and colleges in the area.
- Swinton Active Neighbourhood – Proposal to create an active neighbourhood, preventing rat running and creating quieter streets for local residents and those who walk and cycle.
- Stockport Town Centre Package - A series of physical interventions that will create a pedestrian and cyclist friendly environment in the historic marketplace and surrounding streets in Stockport town centre. The proposals will also help to support the regeneration of the area that also includes the much-loved Underbanks.
19. Dowson Road, Hyde - This scheme will reallocate road space on Dowson Road, providing facilities to promote cycling on this key transport corridor. Consideration will also be given to filtering at Gower Road, to provide improved access towards the off-highway routes into the town centre. The scheme will introduce measures such as ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes, and light segregation where appropriate, to support essential commuter trips and connectivity to leisure routes. This will make cycling a safer and more attractive proposition.
20. A6140 Lord Sheldon Way, A6043 Wellington Road and A670 Penny Meadow/Mossley Road from junction of Richmond Street to Rose Hill Road Ashton-under-Lyne - This scheme will introduce measures such as ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes, and light segregation where appropriate, to support essential commuter trips and connectivity to leisure routes. This will make cycling a safer and more attractive proposition. The proposals will complement the measures currently being introduced on Lord Sheldon Way/Manchester Road. It should be noted that part of the route is subject to a separate MCF proposal (Ashton Streetscene). This proposal will provide temporary improvements to cycling provision within the town centre until the permanent measures of the MCF scheme are introduced.
21. Stamford Street Central – temporary closure, Ashton - This scheme will look to introduce a temporary closure at the western end of Stamford Street Central, providing a filter for pedestrian and cycle access only. This will enable good connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists but will act to deter vehicular through-traffic. The scheme will support essential commuter trips by active travel modes in accessing towards the town centre. Reduced volume and speed of vehicles within the town centre environment will improve safety.
22. Upgrade of existing cycle lanes - Upgrade of a number of schemes across the borough where improvements can easily be made to make cycling trips safer and more comfortable for commuting essential trips or leisure. This may include the introduction of light segregation where applicable.
23. A56 protected cycle lanes –
- Protected cycle lanes on A56 Cross Street/Chester Road, from Dane Road to Chester Road Recycling Centre (Stretford Tip), in both directions (segregated cycleway with cylinder protection and additional signage).
- Protected cycle lanes on A56 Chester Road, northbound, on the gyratory (nr. Barton Road). Some civil works required here to reduce the width of the centre of the gyratory to widen the carriageway in order to accommodate 2 lanes of motor vehicles, a bus lane and a protected cycle lane.
- Protected cycle lanes on A56 Chester Road, southbound, from Talbot Road to Edge Lane. Some civil works required at the junction with Davyhulme Road East to reduce the width of the central island to widen the carriageway in order to accommodate 2 lanes of motor vehicles and a protected cycle lane.
- Quiet route on Boyer Street from Talbot Road to the A56 Bridgewater Way, in both directions. Minor civil works required at the junction with A56 Bridgewater Way.
- Protected cycle lanes and new temporary footway on A56 Bridgewater Way from White City Circle to Cornbrook Road, in both directions.
24. Edge Lane, Stretford - Upgrade the existing pop-up cycle lane on the northern side of the road between Kings Road and Cromwell Road.
- Worsley Mesnes Active/Low Traffic Neighbourhood - Wigan’s proposal for an active/low traffic neighbourhood in Worsley Mesnes include a range of improvements including: measures to prevent rat-running and improve the pedestrian and cycling environment; safety improvements outside the two primary schools on Tyrer Avenue,; environmental improvements; and secure cycle parking, including at the shops and schools.
The proposals will complement the housing-led regeneration work already in development in the area and we plan to commence further development work, including community and stakeholder consultation, as soon as possible.
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