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Proposed Changes to Oxford Road - Public Consultation

More time to tell us what you think of our bus priority proposals

People will have more time to make their views heard on the Oxford Road and Manchester city centre bus priority plans after transport leaders extended the consultation period.

Transport for Greater Manchester's proposals include improvements for bus users, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users, predominantly along sections of Oxford Road and Portland Street.

In particular, they aim to make it easier for bus operators to run more reliable, punctual 'cross-city' services that can travel right through the heart of Manchester with shorter passenger journey times, and include 'Dutch-style' cycle lanes.

Full details of the proposals - including interactive maps, 3D flythroughs and details of how to comment - are available at www.tfgm.com/buspriority.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: "We've had a fantastic level of response, with hundreds of comments received already in the three weeks since the consultation opened.

"We've provided a comprehensive pack - including brochures, briefings, interactive maps, 3D flythroughs, a hotline, public drop-in sessions and bespoke presentations - to demonstrate what's involved and that's clearly been very effective.

"But we've also actively been engaging with a wide variety of groups, including businesses, students and communities in and around the 'footprint' of our scheme.

"It's clear from those discussions that people feel they need a bit more to time consider the scheme fully, so we're pleased to announce that we've been able to extend the consultation period by just over a week, to 5 July."

The consultation is being led by TfGM in partnership with Manchester City Council.

Five city centre drop-in sessions have already been held to give people chance to speak face-to-face with officials and make their views known. More are planned in the coming days:

  • Monday 17 June: 2pm - 7pm; Asda Hulme; 100 Princess Road, Manchester M15 5AS
  • Wednesday 19 June: 2pm - 7pm; Fallowfield Library; Platt Lane, M14 7FB
  • Thursday 20 June: 2pm - 7pm; Brunswick Parish Church; Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9TQ

TfGM staff are also available by phone on 0300 123 1177 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. Calls charged at a local rate and include inclusive minutes from landlines and mobiles.)

Any written comments about the scheme can be emailed to buspriority@tfgm.com or posted to Transport for Greater Manchester bus priority, FREEPOST RRHE-RKUU-KSJY, Manchester M1 3BG.

The bus priority proposals reflect the aims and ambitions of the Transport Strategy for Manchester City Centre, agreed in 2010. Under the plans, sections of Oxford Road will be available for use by buses, hackney carriages*, emergency vehicles and cycles only.

Cyclists could travel on improved cycle routes along new Dutch-style cycle lanes, while pedestrians would benefit from widened footpaths and improvements at junctions and crossings.

Changes to traffic movements in the Portland Street and Chinatown areas of the city centre will also keep some buses separate from general traffic to allow more reliable services. New and upgraded bus stops will improve accessibility.

There will be service access to businesses, and complementary traffic measures are planned for the routes parallel to Oxford Road to help drivers and local communities.

*In line with the long-standing Greater Manchester-wide policy adopted by all 10 local authorities through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.


Media contact: Joel Sawyer on 0161 244 1055 or email mediarelations@tfgm.com

Notes to Editors

1. Transport for Greater Manchester is an executive body of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

2. Transport policies that affect the ten districts of Greater Manchester are set by the Combined Authority.

3. The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee is a Joint Committee of the Combined Authority and the ten district authorities of Greater Manchester. It oversees the work of TfGM, monitors the performance of transport services, scrutinises the delivery of transport capital projects, and advises the Combined Authority on transport policy.

4. To find out more about Transport for Greater Manchester's recent work, please see our Annual Report at www.tfgm.com/annualreport