Pending approval from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, £17.2m will be provided from the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Challenge Fund for investment into in four major projects. These range from improvements to the Rochdale Canal at Newton Heath to a community-led transformation of roads in Levenshulme.
The four Manchester projects are:
- Active neighbourhood in Levenshulme – £2.5m
The community-led creation of a “Mini Holland” – an active ‘filtered’ neighbourhood in Levenshulme, which aims to be the most cycling and walking-friendly area in Greater Manchester. The project includes a series of signalised and minor junction upgrades, parallel crossings, traffic filters and improvements to the look and feel of local streets, connecting community centres, GP surgeries and schools to create a better, safer environment for trips on foot or by bike.
- Upgraded junction at Mancunian Way / Princess Road – £10.6m
This project involves a full upgrade of the junction of the Mancunian Way with Princess Road. The existing subways will be removed and protected cycle tracks will be created, as well as pedestrian paths and a signalised crossing.
- Rochdale Canal improvements – £1.3m
The project involves upgrades to the Rochdale Canal corridor from the City Centre at Great Ancoats Street to Newton Heath, linking existing and developing communities. This includes surface improvements and upgraded lighting to the canal towpath, improved access under a low bridge at Butler Street, Ancoats and improved accessibility to four sets of steps.
- Piccadilly to Victoria route – £11.6m
A new cycling and walking route creating a dedicated corridor between the two main Manchester railway stations – Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Victoria – will be delivered with a host of public realm improvements for the city centre, including making Stevenson Square and Thomas Street more pedestrian and cycling-friendly.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “This important work is also a big part of our strategy to meet our goal of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2038.”