by Iain Roberts on 17 September, 2013
Following a consultation with residents on the northern part of the South Park Road estate, a proposal for a quiet cycle route allowing cyclists to get from the Gatley lights to Parrs Wood comes to Cheadle Area Committee next week.
The route is mostly funded by the Government and the longer-term aim is to get more people cycling, which I see as absolutely critical if we’re going to have any chance of really improving the traffic – and queues – around the Kingsway junction.
The route goes along Coniston Road and round South Park Road (it doesn’t go along the Kingsway Service Road as residents rejected the idea of making that two-way along its whole length).
It then passes under the underpass, crosses over the road on a new speed table and up the newly widened path to Kingsway.
Going along the path alongside Kingsway, it crosses over the entrance to Barnes Hospital. The old underpass is proposed to be blocked up – it’s not suitable for cycling through and barely suitable for walking, plus it has a significant maintenance cost. Instead the proposal is for a toucan (pedestrian and cycle) crossing across the slip road onto the M60 (just as there’s one on the slip road off the M60).
Going into Manchester, the route goes alongside the road to the crossing, then crosses over the road.
Additionally, the previously-agreed 20mph zone for the South Park Road Estate will be extended to start at the top of the access road off Kingsway.