Reduced traffic due to lockdown has helped the City Council press on with the £100m road improvement scheme.
Road resurfacing is currently underway on Mayfield Road, and on 1 September is due to start on Dudley Road and Hazel and Manor Avenues.
Assia Shah, Whalley Range Labour candidate at the next local election in May 2021, says “Poor pavements and roads cause problems for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. People who live on and near these roads have been talking to us about the poor surfaces for some time – it’s good to be moving ahead with the work now.”
As promised, Manchester City Council are pressing ahead with a £100m road investment programme, carrying out necessary repairs and improvements to make the city’s roads usable and safe for motorists and cyclists alike. Following recent major work to Withington Road, there will be two more resurfacing schemes starting in the area this month. Work to the east end of Demesne Road (adjacent to Alexandra Park) will commence on Wednesday 12th and last for approximately 9 days, and work to EdithAvenue and Burdith Avenue will start on Thursday 13th and last for approximately 7 days.
Assia Shah (Labour candidate in the next local election) says “Improvement work to these roads has been a high priority for a while and we’re pleased that it’s been possible to fit this work into the summer schedule. Please get in touch if you need any more information.”
Manchester City Council, with partners Sustrans and Transport for Greater Manchester, have big plans to upgrade the popular cycling (and walking) route along the Fallowfield Loop, and they have launched a consultation to prioritise the improvements.
The traffic-free route links Chorlton in the west to Gorton and Fairfield in the east, running along the southern edge of Whalley Range ward with a ground-level link on Athol Road. Funding for this work has been earmarked from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund. Assia Shah, Whalley Range Labour candidate in the next local election, says “The Council are seeking the views of all users of this much-loved amenity on how this money should be spent. If you ever spend time cycling, jogging or even walking the dog on the Fallowfield Loop, I urge you to let them know how you think it can best be improved”.
The consultation closes on Friday 21 August. For more information and to take part, see the web page here.
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”.
Contractors working for the City Council have successfully completed the resurfacing work to Withington Road (between Brooks Bar and Manley Road).
Assia Shah (Whalley Range Labour candidate in the next local election, to be held in May 2021) has taken a look at the finished work. “Aftab, Angeliki and Mary have been pushing to get this work done – it’s great that it’s now complete” she said. “Pot holes and damaged road surfaces are bad for vehicles but also can be dangerous for cyclists as well.”
The work has been carried out as part of the ongoing £100m investment programme of repair and maintenance of Manchester’s roads and pavements.