Have your say on walk­ing and cy­cling plans

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - MANCH­ESTER MAT­TERS By Lucy Hil­ton

PLANS to boost Manch­ester city cen­tre’s walk­ing and cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture have been pub­lished to al­low the pub­lic to have their say.

The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for a scheme which will cre­ate a route run­ning be­tween Pic­cadilly and Vic­to­ria rail­way sta­tions via the thriv­ing North­ern Quar­ter, is open un­til Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 17, 2020.

The North­ern Quar­ter walk­ing and cy­cling im­prove­ment scheme in­cludes new seg­re­gated lanes and sig­nals for cy­clists, resur­faced walk­ways and up­graded pedes­trian cross­ings, a re­duc­tion in on-street park­ing, more trees and im­prove­ments to pub­lic spa­ces – in­clud­ing the par­tial pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of Steven­son Square.

The plans, which can be viewed at www.manch­ester.gov.uk/ con­sul­ta­tions, in­clude the re­moval and pos­si­ble re­lo­ca­tion of on-street park­ing bays from Dale Street, cy­cle seg­re­ga­tion and pro­tec­tion on High Street and cy­cle lanes for both sides of Withy Grove.

As part of the pro­posed scheme, no ve­hi­cles would be able to use Steven­son Square be­tween Old­ham Street and New­ton Street to travel to­wards Pic­cadilly, with the ex­ist­ing stretch of high­way be­ing re­moved and a new cy­cle lane added.

Thomas Street would be­come a pedes­trian and cy­cle-only zone un­der the plans, ex­cept for load­ing per­mit­ted be­tween de­fined times in the morn­ings and evenings, while traf­fic would be per­mit­ted to turn right from Shude­hill to use a cur­rently tra­monly stretch of High Street.

A se­ries of events will be held in Jan­uary to al­low in­ter­ested par­ties to view the plans and pro­vide their com­ments in per­son.

The project is part of the pro­posed Greater Manch­ester­wide ‘Bee Net­work’, which will be­come the UK’s largest joined-up net­work for pedes­tri­ans and peo­ple on bikes.

The £10.6m project is funded by the GM Mayor’s Chal­lenge Fund, plus an additional £1m via a gov­ern­ment Cy­cle Cities Am­bi­tion Grant.

Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for the en­vi­ron­ment, plan­ning and trans­port, Coun­cil­lor An­ge­liki Sto­gia, said: “We be­lieve that this plan for bet­ter walk­ing and cy­cling links across the heart of the city cen­tre will make the North­ern Quar­ter’s streets more at­trac­tive, safer and greener, for ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit. This is one of sev­eral new walk­ing and cy­cling schemes we’re work­ing on, with the sup­port of the Greater Manch­ester Mayor’s Chal­lenge Fund and in ac­cor­dance with Manch­ester’s am­bi­tion to be a zero-car­bon city by 2038.

“Now it’s key for ev­ery­one who wants to have their say, in­clud­ing city cen­tre res­i­dents and lo­cal busi­nesses, to give us their opin­ions on this hugely im­por­tant scheme.”

Im­age of how Steven­son Square in the North­ern Quar­ter could look like fol­low­ing pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion

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