Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced plans for six major cycle paths and walkways, three of which are in Salford at a cost of £7.1million...
Monton is getting six new parallel zebra crossings, a two mile cycling route on quiet streets and a new footway, at a cost of £1.6million.
The 'Swinton Greenway' project will see an off-road walking and cycling corridor connecting Swinton to Monton, plus links into the route, at a cost of £4.6 million, with Salford City Council contributing £1.2million.
The Trinity Way/Springfield Lane junction will see improved pedestrian crossings and 'the potential for parallel cycle crossings' at a cost of £900,000.
The bulk of the money is coming from the Greater Manchester Mayor's Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund, and arrives on the back of the announcement in June that £1.5billion will be spent on such schemes in the near future (see previous Salford Star article – click here)
"The latest six schemes bring our total to 21 projects which is a brilliant achievement just three months after we launched our plans for the UK's most ambitious cycling and walking network" says Greater Manchester's Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman.
"We're really pleased that things are moving at such a fast pace" he adds "The people of Greater Manchester will soon have a genuine choice in how they travel, ensuring that they and their children have a viable and attractive alternative to the car."
Since launching the first draft of the cycling and walking network map online last month, the website has received over 3,500 comments from people across Greater Manchester, and it is open for more comments until 30th September.
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The other projects announced are:
Hazel Grove, Stockport – improvements to foot and bike access to Hazel Grove centre and area around the rail station. The total cost of the project is expected to be £900,000 with £200,000 contributed by Stockport Council.
Talbot Road, Trafford – enhancement of cycle facilities currently under construction on Talbot Road, with upgrade to the junctions at Chester Road and Great Stone Road, including dedicated crossings for people travelling on foot and by bike. The project is expected to cost in the region of £1.1 million.
Standish Mineral Line, Wigan - a 1.6 mile long traffic-free path serving new housing developments and providing new links to existing cycle schemes. It is expected to cost in the region of £700,000.
The schemes are expected to be rubber stamped by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) next week.
Also see previous related Salford Star article on the £37,000 Bike Hangars in Salford – click here