Work is due to start on a Trafford Council scheme to upgrade walking and cycling facilities on Chester Road in Stretford.
This work is part of the Council’s ongoing drive to support active travel and forms part of wider cycling and walking improvements along the A56 North Corridor.
This phase of the project will see cycle lanes segregated from traffic by segregation posts being installed on both sides of Chester Road from the junction of Talbot Road to Bridgewater Way, connecting to the existing cycle-lane along Talbot Road.
The work will eliminate the need for the temporary traffic coned pop-up cycle lanes on Bridgewater Way and these will be removed. The temporary pop-up cycle lanes were installed on the A56 during lockdown in 2020 following Government advice to encourage social distancing and to promote active travel like cycling and walking.
As part of the work, and to improve safety on the road, existing uncontrolled crossings and on-street parking will be removed and two new zebra crossings will be introduced. Taking on board feedback from a consultation with local residents and businesses, the Council has opted to remove the parking bays to make it safer for cyclists who may be using the route.
Cllr Aidan Williams, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Climate Change and Transport Strategy, said: “Trafford Council is totally committed to active travel and making the roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. The aim of this scheme is to provide safer active travel along Chester Road to encourage people to opt for non-motorised forms of transport such as walking and cycling. This will allow for the removal of the temporary traffic management systems including the traffic cones currently placed along A56 Bridgewater Way and White City Circle.”
The work is due to take place between 13th March 2023 and 31st March 2023, and the parking lay-by will be removed soon after the start of the works. Anyone who has any questions or access issues during construction, should please contact 0161 694 8970 (Voicemail) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The scheme is being introduced under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) meaning it will be assessed and consulted on over a six month period and possibly changed if any concerns and objections are substantiated. Anyone with any comments or concerns should email A56Corridor@amey.co.uk.
The next phase of proposals will target the section of the A56 Chester Road from the M60 Junction 7 to Talbot Road and is currently in the preliminary design stage.
Posted on Monday 13th March 2023