Last updated 21 December 2020
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
Phase 1 works are complete in Meadow Gardens. The bridge over the Black Brook is planned to be replaced in early 2022.
A new path has been laid on Nelstrop Road North, that will provide a link to the Fallowfield Loop, whilst works have been completed on the Chandos Road/Buckingham Road junction.
Works have also been completed on the Wellington Road North crossing, close to the McVities factory, and further works have now started on the Didsbury Road crossing, close to the Griffin Hotel.
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 will be created 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 that will provide a link between Offerton and Stockport town centre that avoids busy roads. It will link existing and new residential areas with the local cycle network. This will include new paving and improved crossings at the Fingerpost Junction.
Work to create the scheme began at the end of January, and it is expected that all the crossings associated with this scheme will be completed by the end of the Autumn.
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, particularly in Torkington Park. Access to Hazel Grove train station will also be improved.
Bramhall Park to A6
The scheme will link Bramhall Park to Simpson’s Corner in Hazel Grove and is 4.1Km. 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 planned in a phased approach from the end of October 2020 to 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
4 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
- improved cycle route and footpaths between Newlands Avenue and Woodstock Avenue. This includes changing the existing signal controlled pedestrian crossing on Gilbent Road to a pedestrian and cycle signal crossing with landscaping areas.
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, which will complete the route.
A new route across Woodford Rec, linking to the A555 cycleway, has also been finished. We are also 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 three new signal crossings on busy roads in Cheadle Hulme. This will provide access to the wider walking and cycling network and better access to local facilities.
Works to build Sparrow crossings are nearing completion on Bird Hall Road and well underway on Councillor Lane (at Calderbrook Drive, with a link to Adswood Park). This will be followed by a Sparrow crossing on Councillor Lane (at Tarvin Road) later in the year.
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 considered the responses to the large-scale engagement exercise recently undertaken on Romiley Active Neighbourhood. It will complement any proposals that may be taken forward 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. By clicking on those construction symbols, you can view the plans for that section of the route.