The first stage of the new Manchester to Chorlton Cycle Way is now complete, including an innovative junction between Chorlton Road and Royce Road which was opened today. This style of crossing, known as CYCLOPS for ‘Cycling Optimised Signalling’, prioritises pedestrians and cyclists and facilitates right turns in one traffic light phase.
Whalley Range Labour councillor Angeliki Stogia is also Executive member for Environment, Planning and Transport. She says “It was very exciting to see the new junction opened this morning and to be able to announce the start of the next section of the work as far as Brooks Bar. Once that is finished we hope to move straight on to the following section – Upper Chorlton Road as far as Seymour Grove – which when ready will provide a safe, fast cycle route into the city for many Whalley Range residents. While this will benefit existing cyclists, our priority is to encourage a much wider range of people to take to their bikes to get in and out of town – reducing road traffic and pollution and increasing health and wellbeing”.
Addressing concerns raised by many local people over the last year, the three Whalley Range councillors have requested that Withington Road and Alexandra Road South are considered for inclusion in the next round of roads to be designated with a 20mph speed limit.
Councillor Angeliki Stogia says “These roads are predominantly residential but also serve local shops, schools, religious facilities and of course Alexandra Park, and are well used by cyclists and crossed by many pedestrians. We need to do everything we can to encourage safe driving”.
Part of Withington Road is already a 20mph zone, but these proposals would see the scheme extended to the full length of the road – see here for a plan. If you would like more information or to make any comments, please get in touch with any of the Councillors before June 22nd.
The surface of Withington Road between Manley Road and the old Whalley pub has been in poor condition for some time, with a number of potholes making things difficult for drivers and creating dangers for cyclists. But as part of the £100m highways investment programme by the City Council, this section of the road is now going to be fully resurfaced, with work starting on Thursday 4 June.
Cllr Angeliki Stogia says “Aftab, Mary and I know that local residents have had concerns about the condition of this road, and we’ve been pushing for this work to be prioritised. We’re really pleased that it will soon be underway.”
To all Whalley Range residents and families celebrating the festival of Eid – Cllr Aftab Razaq, Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Cllr Mary Watson and Assia Shah wish you a joyful occasion. Please remember, the best gift you can give to your loved ones this year is… Stay home, stay safe.
The public consultation on proposals by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to bring the region’s bus services back under public control has now closed. The three Whalley Range councillors (Angeliki Stogia, Mary Watson and Aftab Razaq) are all strongly in favour of the plans – you can read their submission to the consultation here.
Whalley Range Labour candidate Assia Shah says “Angeliki, Mary, Aftab and I will continue to push for the improvements we all need to our public transport infrastructure, including better buses. We’re looking forward to hearing about the outcome of the consultation and the next steps in this process”.