Work to Begin on Local Improvement Scheme
Work is set to start on local transport improvement schemes in
south Manchester neighbourhoods surrounding Oxford Road, as part of
the Greater Manchester bus priority package.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City
Council have developed the schemes to improve safety, traffic flow
and facilities for residents, local drivers, cyclists, pedestrians
and bus passengers.
Work will begin during the week commencing 20th January on
routes running parallel to Oxford Road, with improvements on the
way for Upper Brook Street, Higher Cambridge Street, Lloyd Street
North, Upper Lloyd Street and Claremont Road.
The schemes include road and pavement widening and resurfacing,
extended 20 mph restrictions and junction improvements. There will
also be cycling, pedestrian crossing and bus stop improvements,
along with better street lighting, and trees and landscaping in
The complementary measures being introduced in surrounding
neighbourhoods will support the bus priority package proposals on
Oxford Road itself. These measures on Oxford Road are designed to
improve bus travel and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists as
well as enhancing the road's wider environment and its connections
to surrounding areas.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater
Manchester Committee, said: "These measures will benefit everyone
who uses these streets, with highway and pedestrian safety,
junctions and traffic conditions all targeted for improvement.
"As well as benefiting local communities the scheme also
supports our proposals to improve conditions for bus users,
cyclists and pedestrians along Oxford Road.
"I'd like to thank local residents and businesses for bearing
with us while these works take place. There will be some short term
disruption to journeys through the area but ultimately the
sustainable transport and road safety improvements will benefit
Manchester for decades to come."
Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council's executive
member for the environment, said: "This work will bring huge
improvements to a large number of people who use those roads,
making them safer and more efficient for cyclists, motorists,
pedestrians and public transport users. They will also support a
range of important new measures which have been proposed along
Professor John Brooks, Chair of Corridor Manchester, said: "We
are delighted to see the work commencing as part of the bus
priority package, which will see a transformation to this
"As a result of these enhancements bus journey times will be
reduced and will lead to improved quality of life and associated
"The scheme will ultimately result in increased choice and
access to Oxford Road for existing staff, future workforce,
students and visitors, linking with the routes to Rochdale and
TfGM staff will be answering questions about the project at ASDA
Hulme (16th January 12.00 - 5.00 pm).
Up-to-date information on the work is available from Manchester
City Council on 0161 908 5800, by visiting www.manchester.gov.uk/roadworks
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
For each area of work, safe access will be maintained for
pedestrians, cyclists and all vehicles. There will also be signage
in advance of and at works locations to ensure the safety of all
A major consultation on the Oxford Road bus priority plans took
place last summer and the scheme is currently being further
developed to take into account responses received during the
Greater Manchester's bus priority programme is one of the
largest investments in the network in decades.
The plans will help make bus services more reliable and
punctual, with shorter journey times, from a wider area across
Greater Manchester, to and from Manchester and through the heart of
the city centre.
For information on the bus priority package, visit www.tfgm.com/buspriority
or call 0300 123 1177 (calls charged at local rate, lines open
Monday - Friday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm).
There will be traffic disruption for the duration of these
works, please allow extra time when visiting the hospitals on the
Oxford Road sites and plan your journey in
advance. Further information about how to 'Plan your
Visit' can be found on our website under each
A detailed map of the area and affected roads can be found here.