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Cycling and Walking in Tameside



 

The Mayors Challenge Fund (MCF) aims to kick start the delivery of Chris Boardman’s vision for Greater Manchester to become a city region where walking and cycling are the natural choices for shorter journeys.  This supports Greater Manchester's Transport Strategy 2040, the Made to Move report and the Bee Network infrastructure proposal.

The MCF has so far made £160 million available to deliver schemes across Greater Manchester between now and 2022.  This has been made possible thanks to national government’s Transforming Cities Fund.  This aims to improve productivity and spread prosperity through investment in public and sustainable transport in some of the largest English city regions.  This was first announced by the Prime Minister in November 2017.


 

What is the Bee Network?

The Bee Network proposal is a vision to make Greater Manchester an easier place for people to get around on foot or by bike.
Our aim is to make the region a nicer place to live, work, get on and grow old and to connect every neighbourhood and community, while helping people to be less dependent on cars.

The proposal is a vision for Greater Manchester to become the very first city-region in the UK to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network: the most comprehensive in Britain covering over 1,800 miles.

This link provides access to the Bee Network routes being planned across Greater Manchester: https://mappinggm.org.uk/bee-network/
 

The Bee Network in Tameside

 
We want to create a genuine culture of walking and cycling in Tameside so that it becomes the natural choice for as many short trips as possible. 

In Tameside, it is estimated that we spend £26m per annum in avoidable costs to the health system. This is due to treating people for illnesses that could have been prevented if people were more physically active.  When you couple that with the fact that 30% of trips under 1km in Greater Manchester are made by car, the equivalent of 15 minutes walking or 4 minutes cycling, the benefits and need for an improved system becomes instantly clear.  Not only is walking and cycling good for our health and will reduce pressures on our services, but it reduces congestion and improves air quality too.

To help make walking and cycling the easier and safer option, we have developed a number of schemes to improve our walking and cycling infrastructure across the borough.  The Council has successfully secured, in principle approval, from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for 11 potential new walking and cycling infrastructure schemes.  These schemes are being developed in detail and a business case prepared to support each one.  Additional walking and cycling schemes will be developed, to support improved infrastructure across Tameside, as and when further funding becomes available.

 

 

Bee Network Consultation

 

 

The proposed schemes are:

1.     Chadwick Dam, Ashton and Stalybridge

  • Extension of the cycling and walking provision that was recently installed and completed in 2019.
  • Improve the connections from Chadwick Dam towards Ridge Hill, Mellor Road, Tameside Hospital, Mossley Road and the residential areas to the north of Ashton. 
  • Provision of a new crossing of Mossley Road to improve access between the park and Rose Hill Road to the north.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  This feedback was taken into account when designs were finalised.  Construction of the new walking and cycling scheme is due to start in March 2021.   

Click here to view the Chadwick Dam, Ashton and Stalybridge plans that were presented during the consultation:  

           

2.     Hill Street to Trafalgar Square, Ashton

  • This scheme will improve cycle connectivity between the A627 Cavendish Street and the A6017 Stockport Road.
  • Improvements are planned at several locations along the route, including Hill Street, Victoria Street, Cambridge Street and Trafalgar Square.
  • The proposals include a contraflow cycle lane, to facilitate cycle movements in both directions, and cycle linkages at existing no-through roads. 


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  This feedback was taken into account when designs were finalised.  Construction of the new walking and cycling scheme started in February 2021.   
 
Click here to view the Hill Street to Trafalgar Square, Ashton plans that were presented during the consultation:

 

3.     Stamford Drive, Stalybridge

  • An improved environment for the local neighbourhoods south of the A635 Stamford Street between Ashton and Stalybridge.
  • Using a ‘Filtered Neighbourhood’ approach to reduce the speed of vehicles and to reduce rat-running by through traffic will create an environment that is safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate.
  • This will provide an east – west route away from the busy A635, as well as improving the environment for local residents.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the Stamford Drive, Stalybridge plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.

 

4.     Clarendon Road, Audenshaw

  • Provision of a new crossing of Audenshaw Road for walkers and cyclists, to connect Clarendon Road with Kershaw Lane in Audenshaw.
  • This will improve both east – west and north – south connectivity to link existing facilities, routes and neighbourhoods.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the Clarendon Road, Audenshaw plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.
 

5.     Rayner Lane, Droylsden and Audenshaw

  • The scheme will deliver improved links between residential areas in Droylsden and Audenshaw and improve the connection towards the Ashton Moss Metrolink stop.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  No further consultations are planned for this scheme but we are reviewing the feedback provided to date and holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners, before finalising the design.
 
Click here to view the Rayner Lane, Droylsden and Audenshaw plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.
 

6.     Ross Lave Lane, Denton and Reddish Vale

  • Creation of a more attractive route for cyclists and a more accessible path for all users from Penny Lane in Stockport to residential areas in Denton.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  No further consultations are planned for this scheme but we are reviewing the feedback provided to date and holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners, before finalising the design.
 
Click here to view the Ross Lave Lane, Denton and Reddish Vale plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.
 

7.     A57 Crown Point Junction, Denton

  • A re-modelled junction to provide protected space and facilities for cyclists on the approaches and at the junction itself.
  • The wide pedestrian footways will be retained or improved. 
  • Significantly reduce potential conflict between cyclists and motor traffic.
  • Segregated cycle facilities will continue along the A57 either side of the junction.
  • The scheme will also improve the environment for walking and cycling creating a sense of place and a more attractive shopping destination.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the A57 Crown Point Junction, Denton plans that were presented during the consultation
:

Consultation now closed.

 

8.     Ashton Streetscape (Albion Way), Ashton

  • This scheme forms part of the next stage of the ongoing Public Realm works, to the north of Ashton town centre, to promote economic growth and investment.  The scheme will:
    • Deliver improved links between the new developments in the town centre.
    • Reduce the severance impact of through traffic movements on the A6043 Wellington Road / Albion Way corridor.
    • Provide cycle facilities along this east – west route as well as improved pedestrian and cycle crossings into the town centre.
    • Reduce traffic speeds to help improve air quality and road safety.
    • Deliver an improved environment for walking and cycling creating a sense of place and a more attractive route.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the Ashton Streetscape (Albion Way), Ashton plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.

 

9.   Ashton South (Stamford Street), Ashton

  • Cycle routes will be established to help strengthen links with the wider town centre, including the Transport Interchange, helping to promote economic growth.
  • Additional cycle parking will make cycling more attractive and accessible to a wider range of people. 
  • Appropriate measures will be introduced to reduce rat running.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the Ashton South (Stamford Street), Ashton plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.

 

10.   Manchester Road Link Bridge, Audenshaw

  • This will link existing walking and cycling routes to the north and south and will link residential areas to the adjacent retail park.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the Manchester Road Link Bridge, Audenshaw plans that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.

 

11.   A57 Denton to Hyde

  • This scheme will deliver the second stage of the A57 Bee Network corridor through Tameside, which forms a key east – west route between Manchester and Derbyshire.
  • The scheme will provide segregated cycle lanes along this corridor with new crossing points.


Feedback was collected during a consultation, which ran from the 10th February to the 6th March 2020.  We are reviewing the feedback provided to date, holding discussions with key stakeholders and affected landowners and continuing to develop the design.  Any further public consultations will be advertised here.
 
Click here to view the A57 Denton to Hyde that were presented during the consultation:

Consultation now closed.

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