Tameside Council is adding cycle lanes and footways from Ashton to Manchester to help with safe and sustainable travel.
The routes along the A635 to provide a corridor for cyclists and pedestrians from the town centre towards the city centre and back.The measures are designed to help people stay socially distanced while giving a safer alternative to potentially crowded public transport or driving.
It is hoped the economy will be boosted by supporting people travelling to work, while building on the increase in walking and cycling and the dramatic fall in traffic volumes, congestion and air pollution that’s been achieved during lockdown to boost health and the environment.
Across Greater Manchester, 30% of households do not have access to a car.
By supporting alternative travel options, the Council feels it will help those on lower incomes by giving them a real alternative.
The work is taking place in response to the Government easing lockdown restrictions and is expected to be completed within three weeks.
It features cycle lanes in both directions along one side of Lord Sheldon Way with a footway in both directions on the opposite side. On the stretch past Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw, heading towards Manchester, cycle lanes will be created on both sides.
Plans also include signage, segregation measures, removing some street furniture and minor work to crossing points.
Tameside Council is holding a consultation on all its temporary measures and residents can have their say.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “This work will give pedestrians and cyclists in Tameside more safe space to travel while keeping socially distanced. I’d encourage people to give their views in our consultation so that we can work together to make a safer, healthier borough for all.”
For more information, including the programme of work and how to have your say, visit www.tameside.gov.uk/travelsafe