Proposed Changes to Oxford Road - Public Consultation
More time to tell us what you think of our bus priority
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
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
"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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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