More than eight million pounds of extra money is going to be spent on improving Manchester’s busiest roads over the next three years.
Manchester City Council has approved the additional funding – made up of £1.69m from the council’s own clean city fund alongside £6.34m of money which, working with Transport for Greater Manchester, the council successfully applied for from the Department for Transport.
The additional funding will pay for major improvements to some of the city’s most well-used routes, improving safety and saving money by meaning workers won’t have to be regularly called out to fill in potholes.
The work, which will start in summer 2016 and continue until 2018, will see the routes being resurfaced and repainted, cutting the number of accidents and making the roads more cycle friendly.
Work will be carried out along a northbound stretch of Broadway, from Nuthurst Road to Moston Lane in north Manchester, used by nearly 19,000 vehicles a day.
Improvements are also planned for a three mile stretch of Stockport Road, from Devonshire Street in Ardwick to Lloyd Road in Levenshulme – used by more than 22,000 vehicles per day.
Work will also be carried out along a three mile stretch of Hyde Road, from Ardwick roundabout to Kingsdale Road in Gorton. This stretch, used by more than 23,000 vehicles per day, will benefit from new signals at the junction of Clowes Street as well as the resurfacing and repainting work.
More improvements are also being considered for other routes in the city, including stretches of Palatine Road in south Manchester.
A 20 per cent contribution towards the cost of the scheme was needed in order to secure the DfT money, and cash from the city’s £14.5m clean city fund – provided by the council’s shareholding in Manchester Airports Group (MAG) – was used to ensure the project is provided with no cost to Manchester council tax payers.
The fund was provided largely due to MAG’s sell-off of Standsted, and is being used to provide one off projects which will benefit the city’s appearance and environment.
Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: "These are some of the busiest routes in the city, and they are also roads which we receive large numbers of complaints about. We need real investment in our roads – simply sending out crews to fill potholes when they are reported is not good enough as these are temporary fixes and the problems often reoccur just weeks later. These improvements will also link with other planned projects to help us create a road network fit for a growing 21st century city."
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: "This work will create some major improvements to many of our most well-used routes across the city, making them safer and more cycle friendly. This is another example of how the clean city fund is making a real difference to people’s lives and providing some real investment into services that our residents use on a daily basis."