The first phase of the new walking and cycling route from Manchester city centre to Chorlton has started.
The initial work will focus on the stretch of the route between Chester Road roundabout to Stretford Road, including the creation of an innovative CYCLOPS junction at Royce Road.
The work begins following a major consultation over the summer that received more than 1,800 responses with a majority of people supportive of the scheme.
Responding to residents comments during the consultation, segregated cycle lanes will be a key element of the project to help keep cyclists safe on the roads and encourage more people to choose cycling over their cars.
The initial phase will have little impact on traffic, as the majority of the work will be to the footpaths, to build in the segregated cycleway.
The work on the CYCLOPS junction at Royce Road will commence in the New Year.
Further review and public engagement sessions are planned to consult on elements of the wider route through to Chorlton. Residents will be made aware of these opportunities.
£13.4 million is being invested in the new route, which is being proposed by Manchester City Council, the One Trafford Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, with funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund and the government’s Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.
Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “It’s fantastic to see this major scheme start on site. By creating better crossings and segregated routes, we will make it safer and more convenient for our residents to walk and cycle, which will help us clean up our air.