Work to extend a popular Salford cycle route and boost access to job opportunities, leisure facilities and green spaces began this week.
The development of the Port Salford Greenway will see the existing £1 million, 1.5 kilometre route from Hallsworth Road to Blantyre Street in Winton extended by a further 1.5 kilometres to the Bridgewater Canal in Worsley, providing a safe and pleasant walking and cycling route that avoids the busy Barton and Worsley Roads.
The new route, which is being delivered by Salford City Council, is part of the Cycle City programme led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) with Department for Transport funding.
A new parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing will be created on Barton Road, close to the junction of Farm Lane, to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road easily.
The route will improve accessibility to a number of green spaces and leisure facilities including Cleavley allotments; Cleavley football pitches; Winton Bowling, Tennis and Social Club; Alder Forest and AFC Monton.
When complete, the route will also provide access for local people to new job opportunities at Port Salford, which will be the UK’s first inland tri-modal port facility.
The route’s high-quality flexible surface is made from golden gravel and recycled tyres, offering a hard-wearing and environmentally friendly finish that allows water to drain through.
Active Travel and Cycling Champion for Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, Councillor Chris Paul, said: “We’ve got big ambitions for cycling in Greater Manchester and we’re already beginning to see more people getting around by bike following the completion of the first phase of the Cycle City programme.
“Safe, continuous and well-connected cycle routes like the Port Salford Greenway are what are needed to encourage people to use bikes and I hope that the second phase will help even more people to get out and get more active.”
Councillor Roger Jones, executive member for transport at Salford City Council, welcomed the next phase of the work.
“Port Salford Greenway is all about helping people to get to work quickly and easily without using busy roads and will ultimately link several communities directly to the fantastic job opportunities Port Salford will bring. It also opens up access to our green spaces away from the hustle and bustle of our growing city,” he said.
“The first phase of the route has been hugely popular with residents, who have enjoyed using it for both commuting and leisure and particularly like the community artwork along the Greenway. Before and after surveys of users showed an increase in use from 12,487 people in 2014 to 191,510 using when it was completed in September 2105. That’s a whopping 1,433 per cent increase in use in just a year.”
The £20 million first phase of TfGM’s Cycle City programme has been invested in the Greater Manchester cycleways network; improved cycle parking and facilities at transport interchanges, railway stations, Metrolink stops, workplaces, and social housing sites; 11 schools benefiting from new cycling facilities and training through the Cycle School and Colleges project; and training and support for people who would like to cycle more or who are new to cycling.
The second phase involves a further £22 million investment by 2018 in additional new and improved cycleways including Port Salford Greenway, five new cycle-friendly district centres, 10 additional schools joining the Cycle Schools and Colleges project, further improvements to cycle parking and continued cycle training and support.
To find out more about the Cycle City programme, visit the cycling pages of the TfGM website at www.tfgm.com/cycling.