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Green Travel

The Panel to receive a presentation from the Assistant Executive Director of Environmental Services.


The Assistant Executive Director - Environmental Services gave a presentation on Cycling Schemes and projects within Tameside.  The Council and Transport for Greater Manchester had bid for several sources of funding to provide new and improve existing cycling infrastructure across the Borough.


Local Sustainable Transport Fund improvements had been made to the Peak Forest Canal Towpath from Ashton to Hyde and Stockport by widening and resurfacing the towpath and improving access to the canal for both cyclists and pedestrians.  Ashton Greenway, in-between Ashton and Oldham, had also been resurfaced.


A Cycle City Ambition Grant had improved links between Ashton, Guide Bridge and Audenshaw and there were plans to develop infrastructure between Ashton, Audenshaw, Droylsden and Manchester, including the velodrome.  Stage One had seen cycle crossing facilities with low level signals installed on Oldham Road and Cavendish Street/Water Street, which were the first installations outside London.  A shared cycle lane and footway had been created on Guide Lane.  A further cycle crossing facility was proposed at Stamford Street and a shared cycle lane/footpath was planned on Rassbottom Street.


The second stage of the Cycle City Ambition Grant had seen improvements to Lumb Clough and provided a link to Sunnybank Vale with signage and road markings on the residential streets to guide cyclists.  A cycle track would be constructed through Sunnybank Vale between Edge Lane and Clock House Avenue, a shared cycle lane/footway would be created on Edge Lane with a crossing facility to link to the Manchester Route.  Kershaw Lane and a section of the route along Ashton Canal to Fairfield Station had been resurfaced to improve access to the canal.  Construction of a lit cycle track between Snipe Retail Park and Slate Lane with surfacing improvements was planned.  Links were now in place from Slate Lane to Ashton Canal Towpath and onto Fairfield Station.  Options were being explored to connect Ashton Canal to an existing cycle track on Moorside Street and to widen an existing path from Lumb Clough to Moorside Street with a parallel pedestrian and cycle ‘tiger’ crossing.


Other works included improved cycle facilities on Park Parade as part of the ‘pinch point’ scheme at the two roundabouts with signals, protected cycle lanes and toucan crossings.  Sustrans had also carried out work within the Borough including resurfacing Ashton Canal from Portland Basin to Manchester, an improved towpath route from Stockport to Manchester via Hyde and Portland Basin and an intention to provide ramped access to the Ashton Canal towpath in Guide Bridge to other existing cycle facilities.


Partnership work with Droylsden Academy had seen improvements to infrastructure in the vicinity of the school such as the construction of a cycle lane/footpath between Greenside Lane and Ash Road and resurfacing and widening work of an existing path between Ash Road and Lewis Road.  Future work was planned with West Hill School to improve facilities within the school grounds and the Council was looking at potential improvements to support schools aspirations.


A series of photographs and maps of planned works were shown and explained to the Panel.


Members commended the work and the increased facilities at train stations.  They requested more facilities at bus stations and voiced concerns over shared cycle lanes/footpaths.  It was reported that risk assessments were carried out and there would be ongoing publicity around cyclist’s responsibilities.  Members enquired about the decision process for the location of schemes.  It was explained that a strategic cycling group made up of representatives from the Council, New Charter, Sustrans, Active Tameside and Transport for Greater Manchester met regularly and a list of priorities had been identified via a survey.  A number of schemes had been drawn up across the Borough pending funding. 



That the content of the presentation be noted.