Have your say on proposed £5million Oldham/Tameside link bridge

PLANS for a £5million bridge to make travelling between Oldham and Tameside easier for cyclists and pedestrians have been unveiled – and the council is asking for residents’ views and opinions.

The proposed 140 metre long structure would run across the Medlock Valley in Park Bridge on the Oldham/Ashton boundary.

It would provide a spectacular new southern access point to the Northern Roots site, the UK’s largest urban farm and country park, and better connect Oldham with the rest of Greater Manchester.

Initial funding for the design stage was funded through the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Bee Network, a programme designed to revolutionise travel across the city-region by encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and use specifically designed safer routes.

From five initial designs a preferred option has now been chosen – a steel girder bridge that will weather in time for an industrial look that is fitting with the area.

Proposed Oldham Tameside link bridge

Residents can still comment on the discounted alternative designs before a final choice is put forward for the planning stage.

The proposed bridge – more than 30m above the ground at its highest point – would be designed with smooth surfacing with cyclists in mind.

The completed project would also include landscaping work in keeping with the area.

The scheme would also hopefully cut the number of daily car journeys on nearby roads. Currently there are some 22,500 daily car trips on the A627 and 16,900 on the B6194.

Cllr Warren Bray, Tameside Council Executive Member for Transport and Connectivity, said: “This project will be great for connectivity between the two boroughs.

“It will improve walking and cycling infrastructure to make it easier, safer and more attractive to travel on foot or by bike, which are healthier, greener, more sustainable travel options.”

Oldham Council staff have been working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Tameside Council on the plan.

Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Oldham Council is committed to providing safer and better transport links for our residents.

“Our engineers have come up with some pretty eye-catching designs for this project, which would be great for cycling and also provide great views of the area and give excellent access to our Northern Roots site.

“I’d like to thank GM Mayor Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman for supporting our initial proposals.

“We are still at an early stage so we’d like to hear from as many people as possible. If you think you’d cycle that route to work, are a member of a cycling club or just use that route for leisure, please get in touch.”

Further funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Bee Network fund would be needed to build the bridge, which could open in summer 2023.

• You can give your views online at www.oldham.gov.uk/parkbridge until 8pm on Monday, December 13.

5 Replies to “Have your say on proposed £5million Oldham/Tameside link bridge”

  1. Are the Cyclist’s paying for it or the motorists as usual.. when they pay tax and insurance on they’re bikes then no problem.. Until then the money should be spent on existing road repairs

    1. A complete waste of money.
      Would be better spent on something to benefit the whole community not just those who are able to exercise.

  2. Brilliant idea, I hope it happens, I used to cycle commute from tameside to Oldham every day and the impatience and frankly life-endangering road rage from some drivers was terrifying at times

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