Manchester welcomes proposed £4m Bee Network boost for cycling and walking in the city centre

The proposal to provide £4.2m for the Northern and Eastern Gateway scheme will be considered for approval at this month’s Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting, on Friday 28 June. 

A new cycling and walking route for Manchester city centre is one of the latest round of projects proposed for funding as part of Greater Manchester’s growing Bee Network

If approved, the Northern and Eastern Gateway will become the second city centre cycling and walking corridor to be funded by the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund.  The route will connect the neighbourhoods of Ancoats, New Islington, New Cross, New Town, Redbank and the Green Quarter by creating a high-quality, continuous east-west walking and cycling route for the north and east city centre fringe. 
 
Pending approval, the new route will link to Cheetham Hill via an improved walking / cycling bridge crossing the River Irk through the developing New Cross area.  There will be a new walking and cycling bridge crossing the Ashton Canal, making it easier to cross Rochdale Road or Oldham Road to reach Ancoats Urban Village and via the New Islington Canal basin to Pollard Street.    
 
The Northern and Eastern Gateway scheme has been proposed to complement the £9.1m Great Ancoats Street scheme, which will deliver a tree-lined route with widened, de-cluttered pavements and enhanced, relocated crossings, allowing pedestrians and people on bikes to cross the busy inner ring road more safely and conveniently.  
 
It would run parallel to Great Ancoats Street to the north, while Challenge Fund investment for an £11.6m Piccadilly - Victoria cycling and walking route - which will run parallel to Great Ancoats Street to its south and include improvements for people travelling on foot or by bike to Thomas Street and Stevenson Square - was confirmed in March 2019 (notes to Editors - see attached map).   

Pending approval of the funding bid, designs for the Northern and Eastern Gateway scheme will be progressed ahead of a public consultation process.

Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “Confirmation of funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund for this key project would be a huge boost for our ongoing plans to make cycling and walking the natural choices for travel across a cleaner, greener city centre.

“Investment from the Challenge Fund is helping us to bring forward new schemes which will radically improve the experience for people who want to travel around our city on foot or by bike.  

"Projects like this will help us get more people to choose more sustainable ways to travel when getting out and about. This will help reduce air pollution, improve our residents’ health and fitness, while also enabling more residents play their part in helping to realise our ambitious goal of becoming a zero carbon city by 2038.”   

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