GM bus consultation – our councillors’ response

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”.

Buses for people not profit – have your say now

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have published their proposals to change the way our buses are run, putting the needs of the public ahead of the bus companies’ wish to maximise their profits. As part of this process, they have launched a formal consultation open to everyone.

Assia Shah, who will be Whalley Range Labour’s candidate in 2020, says “The big bus companies will be fighting back and lobbying hard, so it’s vital that the rest of us make our views known if this change is to become a reality. Even if you’re not a regular bus user at present, a ‘London style’ bus franchising system can bring many environmental and social benefits for the whole population – including reduced traffic congestion”.

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Chorlton to city centre cycle route – how to have your say

As posted in January, a major new cycling (and walking) route from Chorlton Park to the city centre is planned which will run the full length of Upper Chorlton Road. Preliminary designs for the new £13.4m scheme have been prepared, and Manchester City Council are inviting all local residents to consult with them about the proposals. Full details are on the council website, and the consultation will close in mid-January 2019.

As well as leaving comments online, you can attend one of four drop-in events which are being held at locations close to the route. The event nearest to the Whalley Range section is happening on Wednesday 25th November from 3.15-7pm at Limelight, 1 St Brides Way, M16 9NW (just along Shrewsbury Street from the old Whalley pub). Continue reading

Talk to your councillors about the Beelines scheme

The Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner Chris Boardman has launched a wide-ranging public consultation on the proposed Beelines scheme, to reduce traffic congestion on the region’s roads through improved cycling and walking routes. The proposed network is not primarily for people who already cycle or walk for the majority of their journeys – instead, its focus is to enable the two thirds of people who currently use their car as their main mode of transport, to walk or cycle. More details of the proposals can be found on the TfGM website.
The Whalley Range Labour councillors would like to hear the views of local residents on the scheme, and have organised a drop-in consultation session, to be held on Saturday 22nd September from 11.30am-1pm at Manley Park Methodist Church, 82 Cromwell Ave, Manchester M16 0BG. Continue reading

Cycling upgrade for Upper Chorlton Road coming soon

Mary, Angeliki and Aftab cycle on Upper Chorlton Road

Mary, Angeliki and Aftab cycle on Upper Chorlton Road

Greater Manchester recently won £22m of government funding for Phase 2 of the Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG2). Manchester City Council have allocated some of this grant to create a new Chorlton Road Cycle Corridor linking Chorlton with central Manchester and including a section running along Upper Chorlton Road.
Councillor Angeliki Stogia says “This new corridor will be welcome news for Whalley Range cyclists in particular, but all road users will benefit from improvements which encourage more people to cycle in and out of the city centre instead of driving, especially during the rush hours.”
More details and timescales will be posted on the website as they become available.