Council to adjust small section of cycle lane on highway safety grounds

Trafford Council is to make adjustments to a small section of the pop-up cycle lane in Stretford on highway safety grounds.

The cycle lane from the A56 turn off onto Edge Lane going towards Chorlton is to be removed up to the Kings Road junction following safety concerns at the A56 junction.

The move comes ahead of a public consultation on the future of the cycle lanes on Edge Lane, the A56 Chester Road and Bridgewater Way which were installed during lockdown to encourage social distancing and promote walking and cycling.

The large-scale consultation will take place from November 4, 2021 and will include a specific question on this section of the cycle lane and what residents would like to see there in the future. The feedback from the public will be used to make an informed decision for a way forward for the provision of cycling, walking and public transport along the routes.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, said:

“Trafford Council is removing this small section of the cycle lane following safety concerns. Vehicles turning into Edge Lane frequently find themselves blocking the junction giving rise to safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. We will of course look at the feasibility of reintroducing this section of cycle way more safely in the future.

“Generally, we have now reached a point where more cars are back on the roads and we need to assess how we manage the increased traffic whilst also supporting active travel.  I would urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation in the week beginning November 4, 2021.”

The consultation is not intended to be a referendum but is intended to gauge viewpoints from the public in identifying new and relevant information to consider when finalising a decision on the pop-up cycle lane. The consultation will commence for a period of six weeks until 17th December 2021.

Residents will be given details of how to take part in the consultation in the next few weeks.

Posted on Wednesday 27th October 2021