Extended “Dutch-style” cycle lanes part of new plans for bus priority on Oxford Road
Transport bosses have unveiled new plans to transform
travel along Oxford Road, with a major bus priority corridor
featuring Greater Manchester's first ever Dutch-style cycle
Transport for Greater Manchester
(TfGM) and Manchester City Council have developed the plans for
Oxford Road, which go hand-in-hand with the recently advertised bus
priority changes for the city centre.
People can take a virtual journey
along Oxford Road on a new 3D
fly-through video and see what improvements are planned for bus
users, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users at www.tfgm.com/buspriority.
The scheme - which will limit general traffic along sections of
Oxford Road and include over 4km of segregated bus lanes - is part
of a wider bus priority package that will significantly improve the
quality, punctuality and reliability of bus services on 25 miles of
key routes in Greater Manchester.
The updated plans for Oxford Road
have been announced as road-widening, resurfacing and junction
improvement work comes to an end this week on parallel Upper Brook
Street. The extra road space, and additional parking and loading
restrictions, will keep traffic flowing along the route into and
out of Manchester city centre.
New toucan crossings on Upper Brook
Street are also benefiting pedestrians and cyclists while making
Oxford Road easier to reach by people living in Ardwick.
Over 500 people gave feedback on the Oxford Road proposals
during a major consultation that has helped shaped the scheme,
alongside continuing discussions with stakeholders and properties
fronting the route. Key changes include:
- Opening up Oxford Road to general traffic overnight from 9pm
until 6am, seven days a week. Outside these hours sections of
Oxford Road will be available for use by buses, taxis (hackney
cabs), emergency vehicles and cycles only.
- Extensions to the 'Dutch-style' cycle lanes at two key
locations along Oxford Road - alongside Whitworth Park and at the
University Precinct opposite the Kilburn building.
- Providing zebra crossing points at all bus stops where there
are Dutch-style cycle lanes so that pedestrians can cross the cycle
- Introducing service loops along Oxford Road to ensure that key
facilities such as the hospitals, the universities and other
businesses have the access they need.
- Removing the proposed bus lane on Booth Street West in order to
maintain two lanes for general traffic crossing Oxford Road.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of
the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "This is an
exciting scheme that will revolutionise sustainable travel along
one of the busiest routes into Manchester city centre, with better
access to the universities, healthcare and businesses along the
"As well as speeding up bus journey
times and improving cycling, pedestrians using Oxford Road will
benefit from wider footpaths and safer crossing points along the
"The plans have been shaped by
input from local businesses, organisations and residents and
balance the needs of all road users. Ultimately, the bus priority
package will create a better environment and future for everyone
who works in, lives in or visits our city."
Sir Richard Leese, leader of
Manchester City Council, said: "This is part of a major investment
in our infrastructure that will help us make travel greener and
more sustainable while also providing huge benefits for the city's
"These are exciting plans which
will transform public transport in Manchester, making bus journeys
quicker and more reliable, while also introducing Dutch-style
cycling lanes which will provide huge improvements for cyclists on
one of the country's busiest bike routes."
Peter Mount CBE, Chair of Central
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - a member of
the Oxford Road Corridor Partnership - said: "I'm genuinely excited
at the opportunities that the changes to Oxford Road will bring in
the years to come.
"It's a really bold and innovative
scheme that will undoubtedly give better access to the many world
class facilities along the corridor, while at the same time making
it a more welcoming place to visit, live, travel and work.
"Together with other corridor
partners, we've been working with TfGM to ensure that this scheme
caters for as many people as possible so that Oxford Road becomes
an attractive destination and gateway to Manchester city centre and
As the proposals require changes to
parking, loading and waiting restrictions, the next step is for
Manchester City Council, as the local highway authority, to
advertise the Traffic Regulation Orders through a formal statutory
process. The advertisement of the Orders will begin on 1 December
and run for 21 days.
Neighbourhoods surrounding Oxford
Road, including those on Higher Cambridge Street, Lloyd Street
North, Upper Lloyd Street and Claremont Road, have already
benefited from local schemes designed to improve safety, traffic
flow and facilities for residents, local drivers, cyclists,
pedestrians and bus passengers.
Before any changes can be made to
Oxford Road, Princess Street will become two-way between the
Mancunian Way and Major Street. This will provide a direct route
into and out of the city centre for all road users.
There will also be updated signage
introduced on routes further out of Manchester city centre to help
motorists find the best route to their destination.
The bus priority scheme has been
developed as part of the overall transport strategy for the city
centre, which includes plans the Metrolink second city centre
More information about the bus
priority package is available at www.tfgm.com/buspriority
or by calling 0300 123 1177 (lines open Monday to Friday during
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