Manchester unveils proposals for new cycling and walking route

Manchester has unveiled proposals for a new cycling and walking route, as part of Greater Manchester’s plans to deliver the UK’s largest network.

The Manchester to Chorlton cycling and walking route is being proposed by Manchester City Council, the One Trafford Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner Chris Boardman.

The new five kilometre route will run along Barlow Moor Road, Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road.

It has been designed in partnership by TfGM’s walking and cycling team and Manchester City Council engineers and the Chorlton route will feature Dutch-style segregated cycling and walking lanes and some of the most advanced junctions in the UK.

A total of £13.4 million is being invested in the new route, with funding coming from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund and the Government’s Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.

Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, planning and transport, councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We are excited to have Chris Boardman’s input on creating world-class walking and cycling infrastructure in Manchester.

“Lots of people have said that they want to walk and cycle more in Manchester and we present this scheme for consultation, as part of our ambition and absolute determination to create a new network of high-quality, safe cycling routes across the city.

“We would like as many people as possible to have their say on the plans.

“This is already a very busy corridor for cyclists, but the proposed upgrade will make the route much safer and more appealing, encouraging many more people to adopt cycling and walking as their preferred modes of transport.

“Developing better cycling and walking routes is key to our aims of improving local air quality, reducing traffic congestion and encouraging more active travel choices.”

Boardman added: “We want to make cycling and walking the natural choice for short journeys, giving people the freedom not to have to drive.

“That means creating world-class streets where people want to socialise and relax. Some of the junction designs proposed are the most advanced yet that we’ve seen in the UK.

“Manchester City Council and Trafford Council deserve full credit for coming up with such an ambitious and appealing cycling and walking route.”

The public consultation period on the designs will run until 11th January 2019 and four public events will take place in Chorlton and Stretford during November and December.

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