Consultations and surveys Northern and Eastern Gateway consultation second stage

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We’re looking to make walking and cycling in the north and east of the city a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone, and we’d like your input to help make this happen.

We’ve designed plans for a new continuous cycling and walking route, linking the areas to the north and east of the city – Ancoats, New Islington, New Cross, New Town, Redbank and the Green Quarter – to each other and the city centre. It will be safer, greener and better for everyone – especially for those traveling on foot and by bike – as well as other transport users.

Proposed changes

  • Better walking and cycling-friendly public areas to make it easier for people to move between existing neighbourhoods and areas which are still developing.
  • Better access to work on the north and east edge of the city centre. 
  • Better joined-up public spaces and signs to encourage more people to walk and cycle.
  • Re-developing a significant portion of brownfield land at the North and East edge of the city centre, which is currently dominated by car parking, into sustainable urban living.
  • Improving walking and cycling access to the city centre and public transport, and connections to other schemes which are improving walking and cycling in other parts of the city, like the Northern Quarter between Piccadilly and Victoria Stations, the Rochdale and Ashton Canals, and the National Cycle Network route 66.
  • Connecting with proposed improvements to Great Ancoats Street, making it easier to cross, with better public spaces. 


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As a whole, the proposals support our aim to make it easier and more pleasant for people to move around the city on foot or by bike.

Other benefits

The scheme also helps to address some issues in the area, including:

  • Physical barriers to cycling and walking, like the River Irk, Ashton Canal, and railway viaducts
  • Junctions which are not pedestrian/cyclist friendly (Oldham Road, Rochdale Road and Dantzic Street)
  • Existing public spaces which are not easy to walk or cycle through
  • The need to use Great Ancoats Street, which is not currently suitable for cycling for people of all ages and abilities

Because of the way we work with our suppliers, making sure they add ‘social value’ to the city, this scheme will mean jobs for local people who may otherwise struggle to find employment, as well as other benefits for local schools and community organisations. 

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