Ambitious Manchester to Chorlton cycleway proposed

Ambitious plans for a new Manchester to Chorlton cycleway are being proposed, Manchester City Council recently announced.

The Trafford Council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) project will create a cycling and pedestrian-friendly route from Chorlton Park to Manchester.

Initial grant funding of £3.9m has already been allocated for the scheme from the Department for Transport.

Subject to consultation, the proposed 5km route would run along Barlow Moor Road, Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road.

The new cycleway will be designed using best-practice examples from other cities with an established cycling culture. It will create better areas for cyclists to wait at junctions, with cycle lanes running behind parking bays in many locations.

Improvements will also be made to crossing points for cyclists and pedestrians along the route, as part of the proposed scheme.

The Manchester to Chorlton corridor is already one of the busiest for cycling in Greater Manchester. Cycle usage rates in Chorlton are among the highest in the region.

Similar improvements carried out along Wilmslow Road and Oxford Road in Manchester in recent years have already seen a significant increase in cycle use in those areas.

The proposed major upgrade to the Chorlton route would be expected to further increase take-up of cycling in Manchester.

A consultation on the scheme is set to be held in summer 2018, following the completion of designs. The consultation will allow residents, local businesses and other interested parties to have their say on the proposals.

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment and Skills, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “The proposed Manchester to Chorlton cycleway is a major part of our work to create a network of safe, high-quality cycle routes, promoting cycling as a safer, more accessible option for as many residents as possible.”

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