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Trafford Council is to consult with residents over plans to upgrade facilities along Wharfside Way to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

The Council is working with partner Amey at One Trafford Partnership to improve walking and cycling facilities from Wharfside Way to Moss Road in Old Trafford. The scheme is to be delivered in two phases, the first of which will see improvements between Sir Matt Busy Way and Village Circle roundabout.

Proposals include the upgrade of existing cycling facilities along Wharfside Way, the upgrade of existing cycling and pedestrian crossings along the route, the introduction of a continuous footway and cycle track across accesses and minor junctions to give priority to pedestrians and cyclists ahead of vehicles and a reduction in speed limit along Wharfside Way to 30mph.

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The objective of these upgrades is to provide a safer and more user-friendly experience for residents to walk and cycle along Wharfside Way and encourage residents and visitors of key attractions such as Trafford Park, Media City and Old Trafford Stadia to adopt sustainable modes of travel, whilst enhancing connectivity to the wider cycle route network, including National Cycle Route 55 and Route 82.

In support of this ambition, the Mayor of Greater Manchester allocated £160 million to the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF) to develop walking and cycling infrastructure across the region, from which the team at One Trafford Partnership were successful in securing funding for seven schemes, totalling circa £40m through a bidding process. The schemes have been prioritised for delivery, which includes these proposals for Wharfside Way to Moss Road.

Executive Member for Climate Change and Transport Strategy at Trafford Council, Cllr Aidan Williams, said:

“The proposed upgrades along Wharfside Way will ensure that those who want to walk and cycle can do so safely and make it easier for so many to enjoy some of Trafford’s key attractions.”

The consultation opened on 6 June 2022, running until 17 July, and can be found here: Mayor’s Challenge Fund Tranche 4 – Wharfside Way – Moss Road (Phase One) Consultation – Trafford Council’s Citizen Space – Citizen Space

Leaflets containing further information will be delivered to residents. More information on the scheme can be found here: Mayors Challenge Fund Tranche 4 – Wharfside Way – Moss Road Consultation (trafford.gov.uk)