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Work To Begin Around Oxford Road

TfGM 'Bus Priority' scheme to begin 20 January

Written by . Published on January 13th 2014.

Work To Begin Around Oxford Road

WORK on Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) new ‘bus priority package’ in neighbourhoods surrounding Oxford Road, one of Europe’s busiest public transport routes, is to begin on Monday 20 January.

"The sustainable transport and road safety improvements will benefit Manchester for decades to come."

The improvements, taking place on routes parallel to Oxford Road on Upper Brook Street, Higher Cambridge Street, Lloyd Street North, Upper Lloyd Street and Claremont Road shall include road and pavement widening and resurfacing, improvements for cyclists, improvements to bus-stops, junctions, pedestrian crossings, street lighting, trees and 20mph restrictions put in place.

The complementary work in the surrounding areas shall take place before work starts on Oxford Road itself. Which can be seen here in this happy short video:

Improvement areasImprovement areas

The work, which will exclude private cars from large sections of Oxford Road, have been designed to create a safer and more efficient transport system. Cyclists will benefit from cycle lanes that run around the back of bus stops, avoiding having to overtake buses as they stop and pull off.

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.”

Needless to say, expect delays.

TfGM staff will be answering questions about the project at ASDA Hulme (16 January 12-5pm).

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 email at manchester.contracts@manchester.gov.uk

The proposals have been developed in consultation with Manchester City Council and align with the wider Transport Strategy for Manchester City Centre.

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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2014.

That is some serious alteration to some very busy sections of road into the City centre - where has the displaced traffic been planned to go (Parkway / A6?) As a cyclist I welcome the new lanes, although I do hope the Council will remember to have them cleaned so they do not come to mirror the detrius-strewn lanes around the Sportcity complex.

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Ghostly TomJanuary 14th 2014.

I hope the council issue cyclists with a copy of the Highway Code and give them lessons in colour recognition at traffic lights.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

Perhaps they could give them to motorists too, and give them lessons in how to use their indicators, use a seatbelt, not speed, not drive into cycle boxes at traffic lights, not drive whilst using a mobile phone, etc etc etc

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

They do, all motorists have lessons in all areas you mentioned. They then also have a driving test. Perhaps ongoing adherence to road rules should be better enforced, but that is not what you said.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

So despite all those lessons, they're still unwilling or unable to comply with said things. Doesn't say much for them being allowed to be in charge of a couple of tonnes of metal moving at speed, really.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

But let's be honest, most cyclists (I've done a little tally on Deansgate) jump the lights and ignore the rules... I just shout at them :D

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

To Anon, if these drivers are unwilling or unable to comply they run the risk of losing their driving licence. As previously stated this just requires better enforcement. I would be in favour of better policing of all road users, drivers, cyclists, AND pedestrians.

Ghostly TomJanuary 14th 2014.

I put in my 2 penny worth as I had to pull back a 12 year old lad, who was crossing legally outside the museum, out of the path of a Lycra lout on a bike. The motorised traffic had stopped, the cyclist couldn't see us and just rode through the red light without checking for pedestrians. Cyclists are a law unto themselves and Oxford Road is a particularly bad area for them. Pedestrians and motorists have to take special care round that part of town. If one of them is hit, it's the motorist, most times, that takes the hit even if the cyclist is at fault.

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2014.

To anon - agreed. There are tossers in cars and tossers on bikes. Said cyclists run the risk of being fined, as we've seen in operations recently in Manchester and London. What doesn't help is people who seem to think cyclists should be held to one standard, whilst complaining about 'a war on motorists' (vis. yesterday's story with that bore Clarkson using a mobile phone whilst driving to take a picture of a cyclist doing nothing wrong)

Trish KarneyJanuary 14th 2014.

So this will be similar to Chapel Street/Salford Crescent? Reduce the ludicrous number of buses on this corridor.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

The traffic will be displaced onto other routes around the city causing traffic chaos. This will make journeys longer and more inconvienient for the many disabled drivers like myself. I, and many others, can not use public transport or ride a bike.

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AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

And those that need a car for work, don't live near public transport or live too far out to drive. And what about older commuters?

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

Precisely. And at a time when getting round the other major routes int he city centre is being made more difficult. Deansgate down to one lane?! madness. The council is creating more congestion and then dreaming up ways to make it even more congested

Peter BrockwellJanuary 14th 2014.

The real issue here, is that when there are no roadworks in manchester, the traffic actually flows quite smoothly. True, it has been over 5 YEARS since there were not significant infrastructure or traffic initiatives taking part over all sections of the city centre, thus reducing dual carriageways into single lane/contraflow/ a n other type of disruption, and essentially forcing whatever level of traffic into a 50% capacity at all times. Couple this with that outright falsehoods that are spouted by the council regarding these measures. A for instance would be the pedestrianisation/improvements to the bottom of Hanging Ditch / Deansgate. A few grow boxes and a load of concrete, yeah worked out lovely... It is also obvious that the powers that be have no daily hands on understanding of how traffic in Manchester flows. Another fer instance: if double yellow waiting/stopping was enforced much better at Archies opposite Palace Hotel, then traffic flow north along Oxford St would be smoother. As it is 2 lanes have to filter to one, often during rush hour, at the busy oxford road / whitworth street junction because some selfish queef wants his burger or shake and is to lazy to go down wakefield st or into that cobbledy bit by the salisbury. There are other micro examples around much of the city centre that are being missed by suits wielding tablets. A last one: the new pedestrian crossing at Stevenson square: many accidents waiting to happen by overcomplicating that particular junction. Far better to have the crossing next to Fred Aldous, at the start of Stevenson Square than at the end of it. i drive a white van, drive around Manchester all day everyday BTW...

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AnonymousJanuary 14th 2014.

Peter you are bang on. There were far fewer problems a year or so ago. This incessant tinkering with the roads to appease budget setters is creating chaos. Very good point re the enforcing of current, and appropriate, restirctions, such as no parking/waiting. The taxis queueing outside the Hilton are a constant annoyance as well.

DavidJanuary 23rd 2014.

I gave feedback on the proposals to TFGM last year, the official result being that 51% agreed with them. (Ah, that magic number, like when Metrolink said 51% of fares had been reduced). Anyway, reading the comments of others (on the TFGM website), it seems that most of ones classed as 'negative' were constructive well thought-out concerns with a lot of 'positive' filler "yes good idea" to make the votes up. My own comment was partly cut.

SimonJanuary 23rd 2014.

We'll all be walking into town soon.

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