Results from the most recent consultation on the Levenshulme and Burnage Active Travel Neighbourhood have found a large majority of residents support the project.
During the winter of 2021-22 between 17th December and 30th January the public were asked for their views on the design and implementation of filters, extra infrastructure for pedestrians and traffic calming measures.
A total of 979 responses were recorded during this period with results showing that 70% of residents believed the Active Travel Neighbourhood was good for the area.
74% of people felt that the scheme would be good for pedestrians, 74% felt the scheme would be good for cyclists and most importantly nearly half of those surveyed said they would be more likely to walk (46%) or cycle (42%) as a result of the project.
12 of the 14 filters proposed as part of Phase 1 will now be made permanent, with the filters at Manor Road and Henderson Street to be relocated, following resident feedback.
This positive feedback will now set the stage for the development of Phase 2 of the scheme, which will have a greater emphasis on Burnage and aims to bring positive change across the whole area.
Discussions with Transport for Greater Manchester are ongoing about the final design of Phase 2, but it is hoped that work will begin on the ground later this year.
Further detail on this project will be made available at a later date, but some of the proposed changes would include:
- Improved controlled crossing facilities across the A6 outside the Leisure Centre, at Alma Park primary school, on Broom Lane, Errwood Road and Matthew’s Lane, and at the junctions of Burnage Lane/Grangethorpe Drive, Moseley Road/Slade Lane and Matthew’s Lane/Mount Road.
- Revised traffic calming measures and improved crossing facilities on Grangethorpe Drive, Chapel Street, Cromwell Grove, Crayfield Road/Marley Road, Broom Lane and Matthew’s Lane.
- Widening of degraded footway to allow better access for all on Broom Lane.
- Provision of cycle tracks on Errwood Road and Matthew’s Lane, and quiet-cycle routes signed though filtered areas.
- Revised filter location on Manor Road and review of proposed additional filter on Linden Park and Milwain Road.
Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment and Transport said: “The development of the Active Travel Neighbourhood project has been a huge undertaking, so to see that the majority of residents are behind the scheme is a great encouragement as we look forward to the future.
“With an ambitious project like this it is vital that we take residents along with us on this journey and always make sure that we’re willing to adapt and make changes where necessary. Following last winter’s consultation that is what we’ve done and I’m glad that Phase 1 will be made permanent in the coming months.
“We are immensely proud of this project as it is an example of how ambitious thinking and working with communities can affect tangible, positive change for our neighbourhoods.”