Old bridge to come down in New Year
WORK to widen a notorious ‘pinch point’ on a busy Manchester road will start next year despite the controversy over a new bridge, and a lack of cycling lanes.
And plans to create new steps linking the road to the Fallowfield Loop have been axed – because the council says it would be too expensive to create a ramp instead, and going ahead with the steps would be unfair on people who can’t use them.
The council has confirmed that work to remove the former railway bridge and create a dual carriageway on Hyde Road in Gorton will begin in January. The town hall argues that the project fits in with its recent declaration of a ‘climate change emergency’ because it aims to reduce congestion, and therefore pollution.
The council confirmed work to remove the bridge would take around four months to complete, reduced from the 12 months initially suggested.
However, controversial plans to include a staircase to the new bridge have now been scrapped.
Concerns were raised earlier this year as it was feared access steps would not be suitable for disabled people.
“The consultation highlighted that there is a concern about the lack of a ramp to access the Fallowfield Loop,” a council representative said in response to a public consultation held in September. “A ramp just isn’t possible because of the amount of privately owned land that would be needed. The costs to acquire this land is therefore prohibitive.”
According to response following the September consultation, 26.4 per cent of respondents either agreed or slightly agreed with the proposals while 18.3pc of respondents either disagreed or slightly disagreed.
A GROUP of yobs terrorised a mum and an elderly woman with a wooden stick.
The incident happened on the ‘Welsh Estate’ in Fallowfield, Manchester.
Police say a group of youths were marauding around the estate ‘trying to cause criminal damage’ and were armed with a big wooden stick.
They say a mum with a young baby and an elderly lady were among those left scared by their behaviour.
The estate, behind the Sainsbury’s supermarket, gains its names as the streets off Lindleywood Road are named after places in Wales such as Abersoch Avenue.
Police say they will be stepping up patrols in the area.
Hyde Road in Gorton and the old rail bridge