Since Deansgate was first temporarily closed in 2020, support has remained strong for it to be made permanent. A previous consultation found that the general public was overwhelmingly supportive of steps taken to fully close this key route, and we are keen to build on that support.
Currently the road is closed to general traffic but is open one way for buses and taxis only. We aim to reduce traffic in the city centre as part of our wider ambition to make the city carbon neutral by 2038. The City Centre Transport Strategy is also geared towards increasing the use of active methods of travel as well as increasing the use of public transport.
Going forward we are proposing to keep in place the current restrictions to most traffic along Deansgate but continue support for public transport and taxis which are vital to the city by allowing some access.
This is a first step in plans for this area of the city - our aspirations and ambitions go beyond this, to create a dedicated public realm space with stronger environmental benefits. This could include sustainable drainage solutions and planting, creation of event space and stronger potential for economic benefits.
We believe that with the right changes, pedestrian use could increase significantly as people come to use a space which is a pleasure to be in, and which becomes a destination in its own right. Some funding has already been secured to begin this work, and more is being sought by our colleagues responsible for city centre strategy. Further consultation about what the permanent Deansgate scheme will look like will take place as and when funding sources are identified.