by Iain Roberts on 4 April, 2013
The Lib Dems have secured a million pound boost to cycle facilities in the Cheadle area, which will greatly improve the links from Gatley, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme and Heald Green towards Manchester. The improvements will be put in over the next few months.
The largest chunk of the money has come from the Government – over half a million pounds. Other funds are planned to come from local developments and Council schemes.
Cheadle is one of 78 locations across the country that has secured this Government funding – and the Cheadle Package is the sixth largest scheme of the 78, with £566,000 of Government funding.
The Cheadle Package proposals include:
This is not just a welcome boost for cycling in Cheadle, but an important element of reducing the amount of local traffic clogging up the roads. With most of our roads constrained, encouraging more people to make some local journeys by bike or on foot instead of in their cars is critical to reducing the queues and traffic jams. Providing safe routes that connect up properly is probably the single most important part of that.
This package isn’t all we’re doing in the area. We’ve already seen some improvements around the signed route 556 from the Airport to Stockport and the new Toucan crossing where the motorway sliproad meets Kingsway. As I reported recently, we’re also proposing improved cycle routes across and near Bruntwood Park and we’re putting in more cycle parking, especially around local shops.
We want cycling to become a real option for everyone on short, local journeys – which means safe, well maintained routes and secure cycle parking. That’s good for health, saves us all money and helps get cars off our roads too – making journeys quicker for those who do choose to stay on four wheels.
Other recently announced cycling boosts in our area include the £300,000 BMX track scheme for Bruntwood Park and the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, which will have a separated cycle path running along the whole 10km length.18 Comments