Residents asked to feedback on plans for safer streets in Withington

Residents in the Parsonage Road area of Withington are being asked how they’d like to improve the streets where they live. 

Building on the recent Withington Village Regeneration Framework consultation, where residents expressed support for better public space and safer environments for walking and cycling, the project plans focus on the opportunity to reduce rat-running traffic and speeding vehicles on Parsonage Road and surrounding streets. The project will initially focus on interventions at the western end of Parsonage Road. 

Residents are initially being asked to provide further feedback on what they like about their area, but also how it could be made better - and whether they would like to create safer routes for walking and cycling.  The engagement process will gather this feedback alongside existing feedback from the Withington Village consultation, before embarking on a co-design approach with the community to deliver interventions to improve road safety and the environment for walking and cycling. 

The co-design process will commence in May 2021 with a series of online workshops. 

The scheme will form part of the Bee Network, a 10-year plan for Greater Manchester to deliver the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, eventually spanning 1,800 miles. The focus is on enabling people to leave the car at home for everyday trips to school or to the shops. This will contribute to the one million additional daily sustainable journeys Greater Manchester wants to achieve by 2040, while also having wider benefits to health, congestion and clean air. 

Chris Boardman, Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: “Over the last decade traffic levels on main roads has barely risen, but journeys on residential streets have risen by a staggering  45% in Greater Manchester.  That’s five billion more miles being driven every year past people’s front doors, mostly by people using what should be quiet neighbourhood streets as shortcuts and that’s not right.   

"I’d like to encourage local residents in Withington to get involved in this exercise and tell us how they want their streets to look and feel.” 

Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: "We want to work with residents to find ways to build on the area's strengths while improving road safety, improving air quality and reducing the longstanding problem of speeding and rat-running through residential areas.  To make sure that the scheme that is designed reflects your priorities and improves the neighbourhood for the long-term future, we need you to give us your feedback."

To have your say on the Parsonage Road scheme, visit https://parsonage-road-safer-streets-sustrans-uk.hub.arcgis.com/.

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