"CYCLOPS" work set to begin on new Manchester to Chorlton walking and cycling route

Work to create an innovative "CYCLOPS" junction as part of the new Manchester to Chorlton walking and cycling route is due to start on Monday.

The "Cycle Optimised Protected Signals" junction, at Royce Road, is a UK-first.  It is an “orbital cycle route”, separating cyclists from motor traffic and providing more space for pedestrians, reducing the possibility of collisions or conflicts with traffic.

To enable construction work to go ahead, the Royce Road junction will be controlled by temporary traffic lights from Monday, for approximately six weeks, for 24 hours per day.  These temporary lights will be manually controlled during peak hours. Each of the four arms of the junction will have a single lane remaining open during the work..  

A consultation for the Manchester to Chorlton walking and cycling project was conducted in summer 2019, which received more than 1,800 responses and found that a majority of people were in favour of the scheme.  Work on the route started in November 2019 and has to date focused on the area from the Chester Road roundabout up to Stretford Road, where segregated cycle lanes are being created.  

The new route is being proposed by Manchester City Council, the One Trafford Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, with £13.4m funding being invested from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund and a government Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.

Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We’re excited to make progress with our ambitious plan to create a new walking and cycling route from Manchester to Chorlton.  With better crossings and segregated routes, including the innovative new CYCLOPS junction, this project will make it much safer and easier to walk and cycle along this busy route, supporting our efforts to improve local air quality and contributing to city’s aim of being carbon neutral by 2038 at the latest.” 

For further information about the Manchester to Chorlton walking and cycling scheme, plus other highway improvement schemes which are being brought forward in 2020, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/improvements.  

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