Roads and transport Manchester to Chorlton Cycle Way

Area 3: Junction of Upper Chorlton Road and Seymour Grove to the Metrolink bridge

The Manchester to Chorlton Walking and Cycleway scheme is part of our commitment to make transport across the city healthier and cleaner. It will form part of the Bee Network - More than 1,800 miles of routes with 400 miles of Dutch-style segregated bike lanes, the UK’s largest joined-up network for walkers and cyclists. The routes will connect every community in Greater Manchester and make cycling and walking an easy alternative to car travel. We’re improving our connections across the city to support long-term sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all; the work also ties in with the Greater Manchester 2040 Transport Strategy.

  • Area 3a will run from the junction of Upper Chorlton Road/ Seymour Grove to the Metrolink bridge.
  • Area 3b covers work from the Metrolink bridge to Wilbraham Road and down to Sandy Lane.

Area 3a: Junction of Upper Chorlton Road and Seymour Grove to the Metrolink bridge

Following the consultation and engagement events we carried out between November 2018 and December 2020, we have listened to your feedback, adjusted our plans and can now share the latest details with you.

The plan

We have appointed a contractor for this work, and will start construction on Monday 6 December 2021 date with a completion estimated to be September 2022.

This phase, which runs from the junction of Upper Chorlton Road/ Seymour Grove to the Metrolink bridge, will involve:

  • new CYCLOPS junction at the Upper Chorlton Road and Seymour Grove intersection
  • full cyclist segregation on both sides of the road that bypass bus stops and parking bays
  • the main road will be narrowed at junctions with side roads
  • raised tables will be included to slow traffic, reduce crossing distance and make it easier to cross on foot
  • mixed wildflower planting featuring environmentally friendly drainage will improve the look and feel of the area.

Area 3b: Manchester Road from Clarendon Road West to Sandy Lane – Final design

Following two previous rounds of consultation and engagement, we have listened to feedback, adjusted our plans and can now share the details of the final design with you.

Work to install these new measures is ongoing, and is estimated to be completed in Winter 2023.

The final design includes:

  • ‘Cycle Optimised Protected Signal’ (CYCLOPS) junctions, which fully segregate traffic, cyclists and pedestrians, will be installed at the following locations:
    • Manchester Road / Barlow Moor Road / Wilbraham Road (Four Banks)
    • Barlow Moor Road / High Lane / Sandy Lane
  • Right-turn bans from Barlow Moor Rd (S) to Wilbraham Rd (E), Wilbraham Rd (E) to Barlow Moor Rd (N) and, Wilbraham Rd (W) to Barlow Moor Rd (S) (Four Banks) to allow smoother flow of traffic.
  • Right-turn ban from Barlow Moor Rd to Sandy Lane, and Left Turn Ban from Sandy Lane into Barlow Moor Rd, again to avoid congestion and delays.
  • A segregated cycle lane along the length of the route which bypasses bus stops and parking/ loading bays where possible.
  • Narrowing of the road at junctions with side roads, by building out the footway, along with raised tables to slow traffic.
  • Sustainable urban drainage (rain gardens) to improve the street scene, whilst improving the drainage and helping to prevent flooding.
  • Upgrading the crossing near Ransfield Road to a Toucan crossing, which allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross at the same time.
  • A new ‘puffin’ crossing on Manchester Road near Warwick Road (puffin crossings differ from pelican crossings in that they do not have a flashing green man/flashing amber signal - the overall crossing time is established each time by on-crossing pedestrian detectors.

Traffic counts and speed measurements will show whether elements of the new cycleway are having a positive or negative impact on the surrounding area. We are keen to ensure that the cycleway doesn’t have any negative effects on any local residents, therefore monitoring will take place to provide evidence of any impacts, and if any further mitigation measures are needed, any required changes can be made.

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