Current proposals

1. The Mayor's Challenge Fund

Work has started on a Greater Manchester-wide programme to make journeys on foot or by bike much easier and more attractive.

In support of this ambition, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has allocated £160 million to the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF).

The network will be made up of more than 1,800 miles of routes and will be the largest joined-up system of walking and cycling routes in the UK.

The following schemes in Stockport were subject to public consultation in October to November 2019. You can read the consultation report.

The area committees approved each proposal, and the delivery of the schemes, subject to individual funding, began in Autumn 2020.

The Heatons Cycle Links

A package of measures to create a series of quiet routes for pedestrians and cyclists between the Manchester Cycleway (Fallowfield Loop) and the Trans-Pennine Trail at Heaton Mersey. It includes:

  • quiet residential streets
  • off road paths
  • new crossings to get across busy roads

Works are complete in Meadow Gardens. The bridge over the Black Brook has now been completed, which links to the new path that has been laid on Nelstrop Road North, that links to the Fallowfield Loop.

A new crossing on Wellington Road North, near to the McVities factory, has been installed, while a new Sparrow Crossing on Didsbury Road, close to the Griffin Hotel helps cyclists and walkers connect to the Trans Pennine Trail.

Heaton Cycle Links - Heaton and Reddish Area Committee

Heaton Norris, M60 Bridge

The proposed bridge will be a landmark cycling and walking route across the M60, linking Heaton Norris Park with Stockport’s town centre at the new Redrock development. Improved walking and cycling routes through Heaton Norris to the north will complement the new bridge.

Heaton Norris Bridge - Heaton and Reddish Area Committee

Lower Bredbury to Brinnington

A walking and cycling route to link Brinnington and the Trans-Pennine Trail with Stockport town centre. The scheme will upgrade existing footpaths from Brindale Road to Welkin Road to allow use by cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. A new path will be created next to Welkin Road, leading to Stockport Road West.

Lower Bredbury to Brinnington - Werneth Area Committee

Offerton to Stockport

A new walking and cycling route providing a link between Offerton and Stockport town centre that avoids busy roads has now been completed.

The crossing on Offerton Lane has been upgraded as well as routes through St Thomas’ Recreation Ground. New crossings have been installed on St Mary’s Way and Waterloo Road.

A new crossing on Hempshaw Lane at the entrance to St Thomas’ Recreation Ground has also been created as part of the route.

Offerton to Stockport - Stepping Hill Area Committee and Central Stockport Area Committee

You can view a map of the walking and cycling route on our document page.

Hazel Grove Links

A package of measures to link communities by increasing walking and cycling use on off-road routes and local roads around Hazel Grove.

Works to improve the west-east route across Torkington Park, between Torkington Road and Lingfield Avenue, began in January 2022 and are now finished and complete.

Hazel Grove Links - Stepping Hill Area Committee and Marple Area Committee

Bramhall Park to A6

The scheme will link Bramhall Park to Simpson’s Corner in Hazel Grove and is 4.1km in length. It's part of the ‘Stockport East – West Cycle Route’ that will stretch from High Lane to Gatley. It will link residential areas in Hazel Grove and Bramhall with Hazel Grove Leisure Centre and Hazel Grove High School. It will also link to the shared use path on the A555.

Construction is underway in a phased approach to summer 2022.

Visit our roadworks, closures and diversions page for more details on the construction of this project.

Bramhall Park to A6 - Stepping Hill Area Committee and Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme South Area Committee PDF document

A555 Community Links

Four new links between the existing path along the A555 and residential areas, schools, retail, and employment areas in Bramhall, Heald Green and Cheadle Hulme.

The scheme includes:
• changing the existing Public Rights of Ways to bridleways
• the creation of new bridleways
• new controlled crossings at locations where routes for pedestrians and cyclists cross busy roads
• provision of an improved cycle route and footpaths between Newlands Avenue and Woodstock Avenue.

One of the Community Links is a continuous route between the A555 and Cheadle Hulme. This runs via paths on the A34, the recently installed and improved crossings at Stanley Road and Gillbent Road, and the new 20mph speed limit in the St James’ High School estate west of Gillbent Road.

Works are now complete to widen, resurface and light the passageway between St James’ Way and Rushside Road.

Gillbent Road crossing

A new route across Woodford Recreation Ground, linking to the A555 cycleway, has also been finished. In addition, we have been trialling solar studs on this route.

A555 Community Links - Cheadle Area Committee and Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme South Area Committee PDF document

Crossings Package, Cheadle Hulme

The scheme includes new signalised crossings for cyclists and pedestrians across busy roads to improve access to the wider walking and cycling network and better access to local facilities.

We have built two new sparrow crossings on Councillor Lane (near Tarvin Road), Bird Hall Road and Councillor Lane (at Calderbrook Drive, with a link to Adswood Park).

Romiley to Stockport

The proposed walking and cycling route is between Cherry Tree in Romiley and Newbridge Lane in Stockport, avoiding busy roads. It is part of a plan to make active travel the number one choice for travelling to work, to school and to the shops for residents in Romiley and Bredbury Green.

A consultation on the proposals ran during Summer 2021. Documents relating to that are on our Consultation Portal.

A Romiley to Stockport leaflet detailing the scheme has been delivered to residents along the route.

Romiley District Centre improvements

This proposal took into account the responses to the large-scale engagement exercise undertaken on Romiley Active Neighbourhood. It will complement any proposals that may be considered by the Active Neighbourhood scheme if it's taken forward.

The proposals include:

  • a series of new and improved crossings and junctions, including Stockport Road/Compstall Road and side roads; and
  • a 20mph speed limit through the village supported by traffic calming measure

Detailed scheme descriptions and drawings, can be found on our Werneth Area Committee pages.

Note: these proposals, if approved and built, would replace the temporary ‘Safe Streets Save Lives’ measures recently introduced in the village.

Map of Stockport's Mayoral Challenge Fund Schemes

You can use our map to find the current schemes in your area. The construction symbols show where work is currently taking place or has recently been completed. By clicking on the construction symbols, you can view the plans for that section of the route.