‘Emergency’ walking and cycling route brought in during pandemic to be made permanent


A temporary walking and biking route that was added during the first wave of the pandemic will become permanent.

Installed in the summer of 2020, it connects the Heatons to Stockport town center via quieter back streets, so people don’t have to use the busy A6.

It was funded by the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to encourage locals to travel on foot or by bicycle and avoid overcrowding on public transport.

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Now, the council has developed proposals to convert the temporary route into a permanent scheme, in line with its ambition to create a ‘high-quality, fully connected pedestrian and cycle network’.

If approved, the plan would be funded by the Mayor’s Walk and Bike Challenge Fund (MCF).

Councilor David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said, “Stockport is passionate about walking and cycling and we want to make sure residents are informed every step of the way when the team is developing proposals like this.

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“The Mayor’s Challenge Fund is key to our goal of creating these new bike and walk links, and we want them to help increase the number of residents who bike and walk to their destination, whether it’s to work, school or for leisure purposes. .”

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As with the current temporary scheme, the new proposals focus on providing ‘high quality local connections’ on quieter streets.

One of the key features being proposed is a new junction near The Elizabethan pub and the church of St Mary and St Mina on Heaton Moor.

In the city center, the proposed scheme would connect to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities, such as those recently installed at George’s Road and Travis Brow.

Councilor David Meller, Stockport Council Finance and Regeneration Cabinet Member
Councilor David Meller, Stockport Council Finance and Regeneration Cabinet Member

It would also connect to the Trans Pennine Trail via pedestrian and cycle routes via Junction 1 of the M60.

Richard Nickson, program director for cycling and walking at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), said the aim was to make traveling on foot or by bike “a safe and enjoyable experience” for everyone in Greater Manchester.

He said: “The proposed improvements to Stockport will make life much easier for people who want to cycle, skateboard or just walk for short trips and will contribute to our ambition to create the UK’s largest cycle and pedestrian network. United. I encourage Stockport residents to get involved and have their say on these new proposals.”

In addition to the Heatons to Stockport route, TfGM is also advising on proposals to relocate and improve a junction on Manchester Road at Heaton Chapel, near the Bourne Street and All Saints Road junctions.

Stockport residents are now encouraged to voice their opinion on the proposals.

A public consultation lasts until February 13 and can be found here.

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