Plans for the next phase of works to create a walking and cycling network linking Manchester to Chorlton are now under consultation.
Local residents and businesses are being encouraged to share their thoughts on newly-revised plans for the ‘Area 3’ route running from St Anne's Road in Chorlton along Barlow Moor Road and onto Manchester Road’s junction with Upper Chorlton Road and Seymour Grove.
An original consultation on the plans in 2018 found a ‘broadly supportive’ response to the scheme, but feedback from locals highlighted a threat of rat-running through residential streets and the safety of schoolchildren using them.
Concerns were also raised regarding the condition of local pavements and how speed-reduction measures could be beneficial to nearby schools and routes.
Manchester Council has now made tweaks to the initial plans, with new adjustments including pavement improvements and a review into proposed banned movements at signal-controlled junctions.
New speed tables and junction redesigns have also been added for consultation which aim to reduce vehicle speed, improve traffic flow and make crossing easier and safer.
‘Copenhagen-style’ bus stops, where passengers wait on a footway and then use a cycle track to board and alight from buses, have also now been removed from the plans and have been replaced with bus stop bypasses where possible.
These bypasses would instead provide an alternative island for bus passengers to wait before boarding or alighting.
The adjustments now also include new improvements to local pavements.
Work on the £13m cycle route began last year and has already included a CYCLOPS junction on Royce Road in Hulme.
The junction was recently given the Local Roads Innovation prize at the Vision Zero Leaders Awards 2020.
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “This scheme will increase the number of people who choose walking and cycling for their journeys by making these options safer.
“Reducing dependence on the car for short journeys, especially around schools, will improve residents’ health and wellbeing, while also boosting the local economy by creating a more attractive district centre.
“Having taken careful notice of what residents and businesses told us in the first consultation, we have proposed a series of changes which we believe will help to address the issues raised in this area, while also making walking and cycling the popular choice for local travel.”
To take part in the consultation, which is open until January 14, click here.
For further information about the plans, you can also email [email protected]