THE NEXT stage in creating ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes and footways from Ashton to Manchester to help support safe and sustainable travel is due to begin.
Tameside Council is installing the temporary routes along the A635 to provide an arterial corridor for people who wish to travel by foot or bike from Ashton town centre towards the city centre.
Residents can have their say on the measures, which are designed to provide a safe travel option for those who don’t have access to a car or have decided to cycle more of their journeys.
The routes will provide space to help people stay socially distanced while easing pressure on the public transport and highways networks.
Phase 1 of the scheme along the A6140 Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, up to Manchester Road, Audenshaw, has been completed. Feedback received during the works on making further junction improvements and widening footways to improve safer access to the bus and tram stops is being considered.
Work on Phase 2 begins on 30 November involving a combination of measures running from the Snipe Retail Park along Manchester Road to the Manchester boundary, including a ‘pop-up’ cycle lane on sections of the route.
The scheme is part of the wider Greater Manchester #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign in response to a Government directive to create enhanced safe spaces for people travelling on foot or by bike to maintain social distancing and ease pressure on public transport during the pandemic and through recovery.
It will help the economy by supporting people travelling to work, while building on the increase in walking and cycling and the fall in traffic, congestion and air pollution that’s been achieved during the pandemic to boost health and the environment.
A third phase to introduce a ‘pop-up’ cycle lane on the eastbound carriageway, from Manchester City Centre to Ashton, is currently being developed.
Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Transport and Connectivity Cllr Warren Bray said: “This scheme is being quickly implemented to give people a safe and sustainable way to travel that provides a healthier alternative to driving.
“I’d encourage people to give their views on our consultation so that we can work together to support an increase in active travel and help make Tameside a nicer, healthier and safer place to live and work.”
As the work is taking place at pace, an online consultation is underway simultaneously until 29 January, 2021, and can be accessed, alongside further information at www.tameside.gov.uk/safestreets/a635.
The results of the survey will be reviewed on a regular basis to determine if any immediate issues need to be addressed during the trial period and anyone with urgent concerns can email email@example.com
Once the consultation has ended a detailed review of all feedback will be undertaken to help determine if changes are needed, whether it should be made permanent, developed further or removed all together.