Walking and Cycling Links to RHS Garden Bridgewater

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Work has started on a scheme to improve walking and cycling links to RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley and to other local facilities. This plan to improve sustainable travel in Salford received overwhelming endorsement at a public consultation in early 2020.

Funded jointly by the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund, Growth Deal and Salford City Council, the scheme will connect residents of Boothstown, Walkden and Worsley with RHS Garden Bridgewater. It will provide 6.2km of new or upgraded walking and cycling routes, 4.6km of which will be traffic free with a link along the Bridgewater Canal.

The scheme will consist of:

  • A traffic-free route along the north of the Bridgewater Canal linking Worsley and Boothstown to RHS Garden Bridgewater;
  • An enhanced north-south route from Walkden Station to the garden, also linking to the A580 Guided Busway;
  • New pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities on the East Lancashire Road (A580), Leigh Road (A572), Walkden Road (A575) and Birch Road;
  • The route will also connect into the existing traffic-free network in Salford, including the Bridgewater Way, the Roe Green loopline and the Tyldesley loopline.

The £3.2 million scheme will become part of the Bee Network, a proposal for the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, connecting communities in all ten Greater Manchester authorities, benefiting 2.7 million people and making cycling and walking a real alternative to the car. 

Alongside connecting residents to RHS Garden Bridgewater, the scheme will also link them to local facilities and improve pedestrian and cycle safety. It will also create connections into the region’s wider walking and cycling network, helping to encourage active and healthier lifestyles.

The scheme has been developed in partnership with Salford City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Peel L&P, the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club and Asa Homes. It will be delivered by one of Salford City Council’s framework contractors, Landscape Engineering, who started on 25 January and are due to complete by November 2021. Visit the RHS Walking and Cycling Links page on the Commonplace website for more details about the construction programme including key dates.

Opened in May 2021, RHS Garden Bridgewater was made possible by Salford City Council and Peel L&P. Salford City Council invested £19 million into the project which will bring substantial economic and tourism benefits to the city, its communities and the north west region. Peel L&P are custodians of the former Worsley New Hall estate where the garden has been built.

Related roadworks

1. A580 East Lancashire Road

A new controlled pedestrian crossing will be constructed to enable access to the RHS on the A580 East Lancashire Road, Worsley.

Scheme to start on 19 July 2021 for approximately seven weeks.

All work to be delivered under 24 hour carriageway lane closures in both directions, and footway diversions. Only one lane each bound to be closed at one time.

Liverpool bound

Monday 19 July 2021 to Friday 3 September 2021  – single traffic lane closure. Liverpool bound (westbound) from 150m west of Walkden Road for a distance of 270m.

  • Phase 1 – three weeks nearside lane
  • Phase 2 – two weeks offside lane
  • Phase 3 – two weeks lane switch for surfacing, antiskid and road markings – one lane at a time

Manchester bound

Monday 2 August to Friday 3 September 2021 – single lane traffic closure

  • Phase 1 - Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August 2021 (two weeks) – bus lane open for all traffic
  • Phase 2 – Monday 16 August to Friday 3 September 2021 (two weeks) – bus lane closed

During phase 2 one lane will be closed to carry out resurfacing and applying the antiskid of the central lane for two short periods of around one day shift each.

2. Walkden Road (from Birch Road to Salford City College Worsley campus)

  • Monday 26 July to Friday 6 August 2021 – off-peak temporary traffic lights

3. Birch Road (at the junction of Walkden Road and Birch Road)

Monday 9 August to Sunday 29 August 2021

  • Phase 1 - Monday 9 August to Sunday 22 August 2021 (two weeks) – three-way 24-hour temporary traffic lights
  • Phase 2 – Monday 23 August to Sunday 29 August 2021 (one week) – all lanes open with minor carriageway works undertaken with temporary lane narrowing

This page was last updated on 19 July 2021

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