Safer roads for Beswick
This consultation has now closed.
In 2019 we made a bid to the Mayor’s Challenge Fund to support creation of a ‘filtered neighbourhood’ in Beswick. Its aim is to make roads in the area safer and more pleasant, encouraging more people to walk and cycle for short journeys. We want to this by discouraging traffic using this as area a 'cut through' in and out of the city centre.
This involves putting in features such as:
- ‘gateways’ which give walkers and cyclists greater priority
- Bollards to allow walkers and cyclists to use a route which is not open to motor vehicles
- New crossings including priority junctions which narrow the carriageways and reduce crossing distances
- Speed tables - a raised section of road with a ramp on both sides which slows the speed of vehicles
- Changes to street parking to deter parking on pavements
- Tree planting (to reduce the apparent width of the road and make the area greener)
- Cycle parking
- Better signs
The physical changes would be supported by other measures such as working with local schools around reducing speeding, improving air quality, road safety (community speed watch) and cycle training, funded through social value.
We would also work with residents to support applications to schemes like Open Streets, which would allow occasional street closures and encourage community activity.
Evidence showing the benefit of filtered neighbourhoods has helped us inform our choice of measures and locations, to make safer roads for the people of Beswick.