Construction has started of a new £1 million cycle and pedestrian route in Greater Manchester, due to open next April, which will provide a link to the new Port Salford development being developed by Peel Holdings as part of its Atlantic Gateway scheme.
Called the Port Salford Greenway, the 1.5 kilometre route is being built with funding from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, Atlantic Gateway and City of Salford Council.
The three metre-wide path will connect Brookhouse, Peel Green and Winton to the new development, providing an alternative to the car for the thousands of people who will eventually be employed there, according to the Manchester Evening News.
In time the shared-use path, which was amended from the original plans to accommodate people in wheelchairs and those with pushchairs, is expected to be extended to connect with other traffic-free routes to the north, including the Roe Green Loop Line and the Bridgewater Canal.
According to Ian Stewart, Salford’s mayor, “This new cycleway will not only provide easy access to thousands of jobs at Port Salford, but also provide a new attractive path where people can enjoy a leisurely walk.
“We now have more than 7,900 businesses employing over 116,000 people and huge regeneration schemes and redevelopment schemes that will create even more jobs."
He added: “Salford is a city that’s really going places.”
You can find full details of the project on the Salford City Council website.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.