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Creating Quieter and Safer Residential Streets to Support Walking and Cycling and Improve the Environment for Local Residents


The reduced traffic volumes seen during the lockdown gave more people the confidence to walk and cycle around the borough.  However, as the government restrictions are lifted, traffic volumes are increasing again, particularly with fears and pressures on the use of public transport.
We would like to create quieter and safer spaces for residents to walk and cycle on residential streets. This will help people to continue to socially distance whilst providing safe and attractive alternatives to the car for as many people as possible.

Acting on advice from central government we are rolling out a series of schemes to ensure that people feel safe enough to walk and cycle whilst socially distancing.  Creating quieter residential streets and making neighbourhoods nicer, healthier and safer places to live, travel and play is also a key part of this work.

Tameside Council intends to deliver a number of cycle and pedestrian only access schemes – known as Active Neighbourhoods or “modal filters”.  A modal filter is a traffic management measure that will prevent the majority of motor vehicles from passing but will allow pedestrians and cyclists through.

The type of modal filter used will depend on the specific location but could involve the use of signage and / or physical restrictions such as bollards or planters.

Modal filters can be achieved rapidly and cheaply, potentially using an Experimental Traffic Order.  This will enable proposals to be tested to help trial potential changes before reviewing their effectiveness through consultation and evaluation.  Depending on the feedback a decision could be taken to make improvements or changes, remove the scheme or make it permanent.

The first two schemes to be trialled in Tameside are at Currier Lane in Ashton, and Stamford Drive in Stalybridge.  The plans for these two schemes can be found below.   
Currier Lane, Ashton-under-Lyne – Active Neighbourhood scheme location plan
Stamford Drive, Stalybridge – Active Neighbourhood scheme location plan 

The scheme was delivered in October 2020 and is currently being evaluated to determine if it should be made permanent, removed or changes are needed to the design.  Please watch this video for more information on the scheme:   

 
 

Dukinfield Active Neighbourhood

Active Neighbourhoods form part of the Bee Network, a 10-year plan for Greater Manchester to deliver the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, eventually spanning 1,800 miles. The focus is on enabling people to leave the car at home for everyday trips to school or to the shops. This will contribute to the one million additional daily sustainable journeys Greater Manchester wants to achieve by 2040, while also having wider benefits to health, congestion and clean air.
This proposed Active Neighbourhood scheme in Dukinfield is part of a GM-wide programme of 10 schemes (one per district) to be delivered by Arup and Sustrans in 2021, in partnership with councils and TfGM. There is an additional neighbourhood for Bolton and Stockport, bringing the current Greater Manchester total to 17.
For more information on the proposed pilot Active Neighbhourhood scheme in Dukinfield visit: Dukinfield Active Neighbourhood - Project background_Dukinfield (arcgis.com)
 
For more information on Active Neighbourhoods / Modal Filters click here


You Said We Did

The Council is keen to obtain your views on Active Neighbourhood schemes and so held a consultation between the 5 October and 16 November.  The results of the consultation below will be used to support any proposals for further schemes.

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