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Manchester to Chorlton cycling and walking route

From October 2019

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What’s happening

Costing approximately £13.4 million and funded through the Government’s Cycle City Ambition Grant and the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund, this project will create a route that includes large sections of segregation between people travelling on foot or by bike and other traffic from Chorlton Park to Manchester.

It forms part of the Bee Network, a proposal for the largest joined up cycling and walking network in the UK, covering 1,800 miles.

The scheme will provide a high-quality, segregated link between Chorlton and Manchester city centre, making it safer, more attractive and easier to get around.

The 3.4 mile route will run along Barlow Moor Road, Manchester Road, Upper Chorlton Road and Chorlton Road, linking with existing routes and continuing to the city centre.

Work will be split up into four sections detailed below.


Schedule of works

Information on works will be displayed here.


Area 1 - Chorlton Road

Chorlton Road forms the most northern section of the Manchester to Chorlton Cycle route, and connects Brooks Bar junction to the off-road cycle tracks at Chester Road roundabout, which lead into the city centre. The route is already well used and is popular with commuters and students.

This section will link to the existing cycle lanes being developed along Stretford Road from Old Trafford by Trafford council, and the rest of the route leading to Chorlton Park through the centre of Chorlton.

This area will now be constructed, including the implementation of the Royce Road revised signalised junction, which includes segregated cycle lanes. This will allow for the new style of junction design to be reviewed, and if necessary, modifications can be made prior to similar junction designs further south along the route being implemented.

Work will start on site towards the end of October 2019.


Area 2 - Upper Chorlton Road

The Upper Chorlton Road section completes the cycle link between the Brooks Bar junction and Seymour Grove.

This mainly residential section is popular with commuters and will provide a safe and direct route along the boundary between Manchester and Trafford.

Work is expected to start on site in May 2020.


Area 3 - Manchester Road

The Manchester Road to Barlow Moor Road section completes the cycle link from Seymour Grove into and through Chorlton District Centre with its many bars, shops and cafes.

This route - popular with commuters, visitors to Chorlton and recreational cyclists - will improve the links to local shops and businesses, and to the National Cycle Route: number 55 to Salford Quays, and numbers 6 and 60, The Manchester Cycleway (Fallowfield Loop), towards Debdale Park and also to Wilmslow Road (which has already been developed as an improved cycling corridor.)

Proposals for this section will be reviewed by the end of 2019.

Information on works will be provided in due course.


Area 4 - Barlow Moor Road

The Barlow Moor Road/Manchester Road section is the most southern section to the Chorlton Cycle Route. It connects the Chorlton District Centre to the National Cycle Route numbers 6 and 60, The Manchester Cycle Way (Fallowfield Loop) and number 62 The Trans Pennine Trail. It will also improve links between the district centre, Mersey Valley, Chorlton Park and Sale and Chorlton water parks.

Proposals and design for this section are to be reviewed with works expected to start date in May 2020.


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