Old bridge to come down in New Year

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ADAM MAIDMENT news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

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

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