Urmston Active Neighbourhood

Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, has unveiled a ground-breaking plan to transform our region by changing the way we move.

The Bee Network proposal is a vision to make Greater Manchester an easier place for people to get around on foot or by bike. The plan consists of more than 1800 miles of routes and will be the largest joined-up system of walking and cycling networks in the UK.

In support of this ambition, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has allocated £160 million to the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF).

As part of this initiative Trafford Council has been awarded funding from MCF to create Trafford’s first active neighbourhood in Flixton, Davyhulme East, Davyhulme West and Urmston.

Key aims of the project

  • More walking and cycling routes connecting communities
  • Fully segregated routes along some of the busiest roads
  • New crossings of busy roads or other physical barriers that divide communities
  • Prioritising the movement of people over vehicles
  • Environmentally friendly community spaces.


The Urmston Active Neighbourhood launch was held in January 2020, which invited local people to attend and have their say on developing proposals for the project, to improve Urmston as a place to live, work and visit.

Approximately 600 people attended the event, which kick-started the consultation and also included the launch of the engagement website, which was used to gather feedback from the community on the changes that they wanted in their local wards. Approximately 3400 comments were received that have been analysed by the project team to create proposals for the scheme.

What happens next?

We’ve listened to your feedback from our initial consultation and are now ready to present proposals which include a number of proposed solutions to concerns fed back by the community. This includes improving street lighting, restricting motor vehicles at various locations, creating school streets, maintaining cycle lanes, footpaths and much more.

We want to hear your views on these proposals. Your feedback will inform the development of the scheme.

The live webchat sessions have now come to an end but If you have questions relating to the project and were not able to join any of the webchat sessions, please contact the project team to discuss your views on the proposals by email at Urmstonan@amey.co.uk.

We are still looking for project ambassadors/ volunteers to help us reach people in the community who may not have access to digital platforms but want to view the proposals. If you are happy to help us in cascading information about the project please contact the team by email.

Copies of the proposals can also be sent to you by email, post, translated into different languages and available in large font and in braille. Please email us with your requests if this is required.

The latest plans are currently being updated and will be published here once finalised.

Key dates

All of the feedback received will be carefully analysed and considered as part of our final designs.

  • End of initial consultation: Wednesday 25 March 2020
  • Start of consultation to discuss proposals: Monday 16 November 2020
  • Engagement comes to an end: Friday 18 December 2020
  • Executive Member decision on outcome: Winter 2020/21
  • Start of design work: Winter 2020/21 (exact date to be confirmed)

To discuss any of the above please contact the team @OneTrafford or by email at urmstonan@amey.co.uk

You can also write in to us at Urmston Active Neighbourhood, Tatton House, 11 Caldey Road, Manchester, M23 9LF