Mayors Challenge Fund (MCF) – A56 Chester Road to Talbot Road Cycling and Walking Improvements

During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and as part of the Emergency Active Travel Funding, We installed temporary cycle lanes on the A56 Chester Road and Edge Lane. This was to promote walking, wheeling and cycling choices for shorter journeys.

We held a consultation in November 2021 on the future of the temporary cycle lanes along the A56 Chester Road and Edge Lane. View the initial consultation report.

The feedback from this consultation was used to shape proposals for an active travel scheme along the A56 Corridor. The first phase of this scheme involved the introduction of active travel improvements on the A5014 Chester Road. This phase was built in March this year following a consultation carried out in November 2022.

We want you to have your say on the proposals for the second phase of this scheme. These proposals aim to keep the existing layout of the temporary cycle scheme on A56 Chester Road. Parts of this layout will be improved to boost cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Maps of phase 2 proposals

Map A

A56 Trafford Phase2 MapA

Map B

A56 Trafford Phase2 MapB

Map C

A56 Trafford Phase2 MapC

Images of phase 2 proposals

Southbound prior to Edge Lane


Northbound prior to Edge Lane


Northbound indicating the future high streets Stretford development

The proposals include several improvements:

  • Existing temporary cycle lanes along the A56 Stretford to be replaced by cycle lane bollards separating the cycle lane and the main road. This is from the A56 / Talbot Road junction to a point just north of the M60 Junction 7.
  • A new buffer strip between the cycle lane and main road
  • New separate foot and cycle paths through the gyratory island at Barton Road and a new crossing at the traffic lights on the northern side. This allows safe crossing of the A56 and Barton Road for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Cycle lanes that run between bus stop lay-bys and the main road
  • Existing bus lane next to Stretford Mall to be removed
  • The A56 southbound to go back to two lanes of traffic at the Davyhulme Road junction
  • New vehicle loading restrictions on the A56 - no loading or unloading at any time

Next steps

We are now asking residents, businesses, and users of the area to have their say on the proposals to help shape the final scheme layout. The consultation on these proposals runs from 24 July to 10 September 2023. Your views are very important to us.

We also invite you to complete an online consultation survey where you will find more information including details of a drop-in event.

Once the consultation is complete, responses will be reviewed and used to help shape the final scheme layout. Findings from the consultation will be published online.

If you require the proposals or survey in an alternative format, or have any issues or queries, email us at