Wythenshawe Active Travel Scheme consultation – Seeking the views of local businesses

People who live and work in Wythenshawe are invited to share their views on the latest proposals to boost cycling and walking in the area.

A public consultation opened on the 26th March for a new £1.5m scheme to enhance walking and cycling links between Wythenshawe and Manchester city centre.

The proposed scheme will see new dedicated cycling and walking facilities built and existing routes improved, to create better active travel links between Manchester Airport, Wythenshawe Hospital, Wythenshawe Civic Centre and local residential areas, places of work and schools. It will improve access to public transport networks for pedestrians and people on bikes and ensure better lighting and drainage, making walking and cycling easier and safer all year round.

The proposed route runs from the Airport, through Painswick Park, towards Simonsway, crossing Hollyhedge Road and along Hall Lane, through Wythenshawe Park. It then continues north, linking to Chorlton Water Park before connecting to multiple existing routes into Manchester. Connections to the hospital will be enhanced through a new cycle lane along Hollyhedge Road.

Have your say on the scheme, which is being progressed with the support of the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund, via www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations until Friday 15 May.

Online engagement events will be held to discuss separate parts of the proposed route, as follows:-

Monday 26 April – Airport bridge to M56 bridge

Monday 10 May – M56 bridge to Wythenshawe Park

Wednesday 12 May – Wythenshawe Park to Kenworthy Woods

Friday 14 May – Kenworthy Woods to Chorlton Water Park

Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “We have seen how our resident’s travel habits have changed during the lockdown and we want to build on the benefits of more people walking and cycling by making it easier for families to travel in an active and sustainable way on their local journeys.

“People who live and work in Wythenshawe know their streets better than anyone else, so to make the most of this investment, we need you to tell us what you think about the proposals. Your feedback is an essential part of designing permanent improvements that work for Wythenshawe residents.”

Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman, said: “This scheme will make on foot and by bike trips much more pleasant for residents in Wythenshawe, as well as workers at the hospital and the airport, creating safe routes for everyday journeys. I’d encourage everyone living and working in the area to get involved in the consultation.”

If you have any specific queries about the scheme, please email atswythenshawe@manchester.gov.uk.