From 17 December residents in Levenshulme and Burnage will be able to have their say on the latest plans for the ambitious Active Travel Neighbourhood programme as this scheme reaches its final stage.
As one of the most extensive highways consultations ever run by Manchester City Council, thousands of residents have engaged with the development of this flagship scheme over the past three years.
Through previous consultations a better picture was formed of the issues which still needed to be addressed through the planned Active Travel Neighbourhood, which have now been incorporated into this proposal.
This will involve additional traffic calming measures being installed as well as the overall expansion of the scheme into a larger one than initially planned.
In total 16 locations have been proposed for these measures to be implemented, including the junction at Matthews Lane and the inclusion of Broom Lane into a 20mph zone.
A complete list of the proposed changes, with accompanying maps, are now available to be commented on via the council’s website at manchester.gov.uk/consultations.
The consultation will run from Friday, 17 December to Monday, 24 January 2022.
Some of the measures being included are:
- Placement of bollards at junctions to allow pedestrians and cyclists to move through streets freely, whilst preventing the access of cars – reducing incidents of ‘rat running’.
- At some junctions the road will be narrowed to allow easier crossing for pedestrians and cyclists, with speed tables added to slow down vehicles at the crossing.
- In some roads chicanes will be installed, reducing the road to a single carriageway. This will result in slower vehicle speeds.
- New crossings and improved junctions will be installed making it easier for people to cross the road, with light timings changed to allow cyclists to set off before vehicles.
- New 20mph signed zones will be created across the proposed area to bring down the speed of traffic in residential areas.
Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment, said: “With the launch of this consultation I’m glad residents will finally be able to see the scale and ambition of the Active Travel Neighbourhood programme.
“This is the culmination of three years of debate and consultation and I am confident as we reach the final stages of this project it will deliver lasting and positive change for Levenshulme and Burnage, and serve as an example for how we can create neighbourhoods which are healthier, greener and ultimately happier.
“I’d ask as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and ensure that when the time comes to break ground on this project the end result will be the best possible one for residents.”