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Consultations & surveys Manchester to Chorlton cycling and walking route proposals

Area 4 - Wilbraham Road to Hardy Lane

The Barlow Moor Road/Manchester Road section is the most southern section to the Chorlton Cycle Route. It connects the Chorlton District Centre to the National Cycle Route number's 6 and 60, The Manchester Cycle Way (Fallowfield Loop) and number 62 The Trans Pennine Trail. It will also improve links between the district centre, Mersey Valley, Chorlton Park and Sale and Chorlton water parks.

Comments from the consultation:

  • concern of more traffic 'rat running' through Oswald Road, especially around Oswald Rd Primary School, Longford Road, Nicolas Road and surrounding streets due to Chorlton Cross proposals 
  • Concern regarding the banned movements at Sandy Lane junction because traffic may route through Beech Rd, Cross Road, High Lane, St Werburghs or St Anne's Road area as a result 
  • Concern about the right turn to St Anne's, together with the Sandy Lane banned right turn, will have an impact on businesses in the area for customers being unable to find parking or residents being able to access this area from the south
  • Barlow Moor Road in vicinity to McDonalds, KFC and Shell needs a roundabout or other safer junction design, or provision of pedestrian crossing
  • Regarding Ollerton Avenue and Ashley Avenue one way street proposal, comments that it is too dangerous and unnecessary.

Next steps for south of Wilbraham Road to Hardy Lane

Proposals and design to be reviewed, particularly in relation to proposed banned moments at the Sandy Lane and St Anne's junctions and also a review of the existing bus lane northbound on Barlow Moor Road following concerns raised during the consultation. However, the two way off-road cycle track improvements adjacent to Chorlton Park and opposite the existing bus lane will be progressed to detailed design. We would hope to start this section in May 2020.

Proposed changes from the consultation (now closed)

Side roads:

  • marked cycle lane, with coloured surfacing and cycle symbols
  • solar-powered road studs
  • buff-coloured uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points, including tactile paving
  • widening of footpath at junction to reduce speeds through the junction.

The information on the design of specific streets is being reviewed.

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