The first phase of a scheme to encourage more walking and cycling in Levenshulme and north Burnage will start on a six-month trial basis in the New Year.
Works are set to commence on site in the week beginning Monday 4 January and be completed within an estimated four days.
Manchester City Council has completed its analysis of a recent consultation, which attracted more than 3,500 responses, to inform the placement of a series of traffic “filters” across the area.
Planters will be used to prevent through-traffic from accessing a series of residential roads, cutting levels of “rat-running” while improving road safety for local families and maintaining essential vehicular access for residents.
The feedback received during the consultation was positive overall, with around two-thirds of all comments being positive towards the scheme.
A list of 14 proposed filters received mainly positive feedback and the council will progress with their installation at the start of the phase 1 trial. These will be placed at the following locations:-
- Buckhurst Road
- Cardus Street (North)
- Delamere Road / Gordon Avenue
- Dorset Road
- Caremine Avenue
- Guildford Road
- Henderson Street
- Longden Road
- Manor Road (East)
- Mayford Road
- Molyneux Road
- Osborne Road
- Portville Road / Randolph Street
- Victoria Road
Five more proposed filters are being paused until an assessment can be made of what their impact would be on surrounding residential streets, but could still form part of the phase 1 trial. These are at Chapel Street (East), Crayfield Road, Dunstable Street, Manor Road (West) and Marley Road.
Another five filter locations received negative or inconclusive feedback during the consultation and so will not be progressed during the phase 1 trial, with alternative solutions to be considered as part of the wider scheme development. These were at Atlas Place, Barlow Road, Cardus Street (South), Chapel Street (West) and Delamere Road (West).
As well as traffic and air quality data, the council will also be looking at the impact which the changes are having on local parking and deliveries. The importance of measuring the impact of the changes was raised during the consultation and so people will be able to provide feedback to the council throughout the six-month trial, via www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations.
Phase 2 of the trial, in the Cringle Park area, is set to be trialled from spring 2021. Comments are still being sought on this phase and can be submitted until Monday 21 December by visiting www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations, or by emailing email@example.com.
Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their views on this trial scheme. We want it to have the best chance of success and that’s only possible with the help of the whole community. We’re grateful for all the feedback received so far and for local people’s patience while we carried out the important job of analysing the responses.
"The views of residents and businesses have shaped how this trial will proceed. After listening and reflecting on the consultation results, 14 filters which were clearly supported will be installed straight away.
“Residents and businesses will be able to update us on the filters’ impacts throughout the six-month trial and this information, along with outputs from monitoring stations which look at traffic volumes, speed and air quality, will help to determine whether the changes should be made permanent at the end of the trial."