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SAFETY CONCERNS: Section of controversial A56 cycle lanes to be removed

SAFETY CONCERNS: Section of controversial A56 cycle lanes to be removed

Cycle Lane A56, Trafford, Image: Trafford council

Trafford council is removing a section of the controversial pop-up cycle lane in Stretford.

The lane, from the A56 turn off onto Edge Lane going towards Chorlton, is set to be removed up to the Kings Road junction following safety concerns at the A56 junction.

The move comes ahead of a public consultation on the future of the cycle lanes on Edge Lane, the A56 Chester Road and Bridgewater Way.

These were installed during lockdown to encourage social distancing and promote walking and cycling.

The large-scale consultation will take place from November 4, and will include a specific question on this section of the cycle lane – asking what residents would like to see there in the future.

The feedback from the public will be used to make an informed decision for a way forward for the provision of cycling, walking and public transport along the routes.

Coun Stephen Adshead, Trafford council’s executive member for environmental, said: “Trafford council is removing this small section of the cycle lane following safety concerns.

“Vehicles turning into Edge Lane frequently find themselves blocking the junction giving rise to safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

“We will of course look at the feasibility of reintroducing this section of cycle way more safely in the future.

“Generally, we have now reached a point where more cars are back on the roads and we need to assess how we manage the increased traffic whilst also supporting active travel.

“I would urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation in the week beginning November 4, 2021.”

The council said the consultation is not intended to be a referendum.

In stead, it is intended to gauge viewpoints from the public when finalising a decision on the pop-up cycle lane.

The consultation will commence for a period of six weeks until December 17, 2021.

Residents will be given details of how to take part in the consultation in the next few weeks.

Responding to the news of the consultation on the cycle lanes, Coun Michael Welton, deputy leader of Trafford Green party group said: “We welcome this move to engage with residents and businesses. The goal of improving the A56 should not be controversial. We can all see the problems with congestion, road safety and air quality, and the council needs to act.

“This is a public health issue and it will be impossible to tackle our physical inactivity, air pollution and climate crises without addressing the major source of congestion and pollution in our borough.

“An A56 that works for everyone will address the needs of the communities living alongside it, who have been ignored for too long, and blighted with high levels of pollution. It will have dedicated bus lanes, high standard pedestrian crossings and safe segregated bike lanes throughout, to give people the option of using the bus, walking or cycling.

“We also need to see those organisations that generate the most traffic taking full responsibility for the issues they cause. In particular, we would like to see Manchester United Football Club address match day travel issues.”

 

Words: Alice Richardson, Local Democracy Reporter


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