Walking and cycling schemes given the green light, thanks to £15.9m funding package

Stockport’s walking and cycling infrastructure is set for a boost with work due to start this autumn on five new #BeeNetwork projects in the borough.

Work on five Mayoral Challenge Fund (MCF) projects, which were consulted on in October 2019 and subsequently approved by councillors, is set to begin this autumn.

The council has received more than £15.9m in funding from the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s MCF pot to begin work on these five schemes.

Engineers have already begun work to create a signal-controlled Parallel Crossing on Gillbent Road in Cheadle Hulme, with segregated space for pedestrians and cyclists – the first of its kind in the UK.

A further project has begun work in the Heatons, with the start of the Heaton Cycle Links. This will create a series of quiet routes for pedestrians and cyclists between the Manchester Cycleway (Fallowfield Loop) and the Trans-Pennine Trail at Heaton Mersey.

Work has started this autumn at Harwood Road and will continue with path improvements at Meadows Road, close to the McVities factory. In the New Year a new pedestrian and cycle crossing will be installed on Didsbury Road in Heaton Mersey and path improvements will start at Nelstrop Road in Heaton Chapel.

Work then begins on creating a new walking and cycling link between Offerton and Stockport Town Centre, which includes four new pedestrian and cycle crossings and improved paths in St Thomas’ Recreation Ground. Another scheme is going to be installing three new pedestrian and cycle crossings on Councillor Lane and Bird Hall Road in Cheadle Hulme.

The council’s MCF team will start work on the Bramhall Park to A6 scheme this autumn, which will create a 4.1km route between Simpson’s Corner in Hazel Grove and Bramhall Park. 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 pedestrian and cycle path on the A555.

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “This council is passionate about walking and cycling and it is great news that work is now ready to start on our first #BeeNetwork routes.

“During the consultation phase, all of the schemes received great support, so I can’t wait for them to be finished and open so our residents can experience them.

“I have said all along, this council wants Stockport to become pioneers when it comes to cycling and walking routes in Greater Manchester.

"The Mayoral Challenge Fund is key to this aim, which is to increase the number of our residents who cycle and walk to their destination – whether that be it to work or for leisure purposes.”

Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Chris Boardman said: “Stockport Council and residents have long been engaged in our vision for cycling and walking across Greater Manchester. Having listened to public feedback, the council is now delivering schemes residents have told them they want, so they can get to work, shops and schools without having to drive.

“These schemes will open up lots of cross-borough routes, I’m excited to seeing them getting underway so riding and walking become a true and attractive choice for the people of Stockport.”

It is expected that the first project to be completed will be Gillbent Road, before Christmas 2020.

For more information on Walking and Cycling in Stockport, visit https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/cycling-and-walking-in-stockport