Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund

The Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund is a £160 million fund to deliver Beelines, Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking infrastructure plan.

Councils in Greater Manchester get an opportunity to submit new schemes for funding every three months.

In the first five rounds of bids, the following schemes in Salford have secured funding:

  • Chapel Street East Phase 1
  • Junction enhancement at Broad Street / Frederick Road
  • Junctions in Swinton and Walkden
  • Monton Village
  • Swinton Greenway
  • Trinity Way/ Springfield Lane junction
  • Trafford Road
  • Barton Aqueduct
  • Liverpool Street
  • Ordsall Filtered Neighbourhood
  • City Centre Salford, Active Centres, Corridors and Neighbourhood Project
  • RHS Links

The schemes are now being developed in more detail, in consultation with local communities. More information about each scheme will be published here as it becomes available.

Chapel Street East Phase 1

This scheme is the first stage of a complete transformation of Chapel Street East. It will provide protected 2 metre-wide cycle tracks in each direction and priority for pedestrians and cyclists at side roads. It will set a new standard for cycling and walking provision in Salford, acting as a pilot project to demonstrate how a street can be transformed. The project is expected to cost in the region of £4.3 million with £500,000 committed by Salford City Council and £3.8 million from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund.

Chapel Street visualisation

Chapel Street East Phase 1 consultation:
A three week consultation on the proposed changes was held in summer 2019 (now closed). Further information on the scheme from the consultation exercise, including a virtual reality ride through, can be found on the scheme consultation page.

Junction enhancement at Broad Street / Frederick Road

Similarly, this project will enable additional major enhancements, to a value of £600,000 for people travelling by bike or on foot at a major junction along the A6 that was already due to be upgraded as part of the Local Growth Deal Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme.

Junctions in Swinton and Walkden

This project will provide an additional £1.1 million enhancement from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund, to existing proposed improvements as part of the Local Growth Deal Salford Bolton Improvement Programme at two key junctions.

Monton Village

This project will improve access to Monton through the provision of new crossings and routes on quiet streets. The project is expected to cost in the region of £1.6 million.

Swinton Greenway

Swinton Greenway will create a direct, traffic-free route between Victoria Park in Swinton and Monton. It is proposed that the route will be four metres wide and include street lighting. It will also include a number of links to the wider community to ensure the route is as accessible as possible. The scheme will include the refurbishment of Black Harry subway and a new pedestrian and cycle crossing on Folly Lane. The project is expected to cost in the region of £4.6 million with £1.2 million being provided by Salford City Council.

Swinton Greenway consultation:

A two week consultation on the proposed changes was held in summer 2019 (now closed). Further information on the scheme from the consultation exercise can be found on the scheme consultation page.

Trinity Way / Springfield Lane junction

A major junction upgrade will be delivered improving signalised pedestrian crossings, and the potential for parallel cycle crossings. The project is expected to cost in the region of £900,000.

Trafford Road

This scheme features a mile of new footway level cycle track, a parallel walking route, six upgraded junctions where cyclists are fully protected from motor traffic and eight bus stop bypasses for bikes. The project, which will also provide increased capacity for motor traffic, is expected to cost in the region of £19.8 million with £4.8 million from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund, £10.5m from the Government's Growth Deal and £4.5m from Salford City Council.

Trafford Road visual

Barton aqueduct

This project will create a new traffic-free route between Salford and Trafford Park. This includes reinstating a historic raised towpath across the Barton aqueduct, two new ramps, towpath widening and surface improvements. Completing a key gap in the Bridgewater Way route, this scheme will link residential communities in Salford with major employment, retail and leisure opportunities in Trafford Park.

The project will cost in the region of £5.3 million with a £4.8 million contribution from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund and £500,000 in local contributions. 

Liverpool Street 

Creating a continuous safe link between Salford Quays and Manchester city centre, this project enhances the existing Liverpool Street corridor proposals, creating a safe and attractive environment for those travelling on foot or by bike. The project will deliver a 1.4 mile segregated cycle way, three major and 12 minor junction upgrades, six bus stop bypasses, five cycle parking spaces and public realm upgrades.

The project will cost in the region of £6.4 million. It is being funded with a £3.9 million contribution from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund and £2.5 million in local contributions.

Ordsall Filtered Neighbourhood

The creation of an active neighbourhood in Ordsall where the movement of people is prioritised over the movement of motor traffic, this project will reduce car dependency and rat-running, as well as improving the experience of travelling to public transport hubs. It will deliver ten junction upgrades, six new parallel crossings and 0.6 miles of light segregated cycle lanes, connecting the city centre with Ordsall riverside and Salford Quays.

The project will cost in the region of £2.8 million with a £2.6 million contribution from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund and £200,000 in local contributions.

Hulton Street visual

City Centre Salford, Active Centres, Corridors and Neighbourhood Projects

A package of schemes to support the implementation of a strategic plan for walking and cycling in the city centre. The proposals will establish an integrated network of routes through the creation of new walking and cycling routes, public realm, green spaces, new bridges and opening up railway arches for public access. The following schemes were included in the package:

  • Chapel Street/Trinity Way Junction Improvements for Pedestrians and Cyclists
  • Gore Street Connection
  • Chapel Street East Phase 2
  • Broughton Cycleway Enhancements
  • St John’s to New Bailey Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge
  • Ordsall Chord Riverside Connection
  • Oldfield Road Corridor Walking and Cycling Enhancements
  • Salford City Centre Bee Network

RHS Links

The scheme will provide a high quality route connecting Walkden, Worsley, and Boothstown. This includes the following elements:

  • A traffic-free route along the north of the Bridgewater Canal linking Worsley and Boothstown to the RHS
  • A north-south route from the RHS to Walkden Station and a link to the A580 Guided Busway
  • Addressing north-south severance barriers by providing new crossings on the A580, A572, A575, B5211, Occupation Lane and Birch Road
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