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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 some areas.

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 Oxford Road."

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 world-class environment.

"As a result of these enhancements bus journey times will be reduced and will lead to improved quality of life and associated environmental improvements.

"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 Leigh."                             

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 manchester.contracts@manchester.gov.uk

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 road users.

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 consultation.

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 hospital.  

A detailed map of the area and affected roads can be found here.