Plans to make cycling safer in Broughton are now open for everyone to have their say.
Salford City Council has launched a four-week consultation today (Wednesday 14 October) on proposals which could see road junctions redesigned and new crossings installed along the Broughton cycleway which runs along the Great Clowes Street and Blackfriars Road.
Public feedback is vital in helping the council put together a full business case to secure funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to carry out the scheme.
Councillor Jim Cammell, who leads on cycling for Salford City Council, said the proposals take into account feedback and safety concerns about the route which opened in 2016. This year has seen a huge increase in cycling for both commuting and pleasure due to the pandemic.
“Our design team are exploring several opportunities to make cycling and walking along this route more attractive, more direct and safer, especially at road junctions,” he said.
“There is also the potential to connect to Bury’s cycle route on Bury New Road and other Bee network routes in Salford city centre.”
The proposals are to redesign six junctions along the route to provide safer cyclist and pedestrian movements by providing fully segregated cycling and walking facilities controlled by traffic signals (known as Cyclops junctions).
The junctions are: Camp Street/Upper Camp Street/Great Clowes Street junction, Broughton Lane/Great Clowes Street junction, Sussex Street/Great Clowes Street junction, Silk Street/Great Clowes Street junction/St Simon Street/Blackfriars Road junction and Mount Street/St Stephen Street/Blackfriars Road junction.
Work to 19 side roads including tightening turning circles, speed reduction measures and new give way priorities.
Introduce 14 bus stop laybys to separate cyclists and buses and replace and improve all existing armadillos and segregation features creating wider cycle lanes which should prevent vehicles parking in them.
Replace stairs to Broughton bridge and install a new toucan crossing at the location of an existing uncontrolled crossing, remove the Blackfriars Road footbridge and replace it with a new Cyclops junction and close Mount Street to vehicles from its junction with St Stephen Street.
The cycle route will also be resurfaced and trees, rain gardens and planting beds installed along the route.
Anyone with views on the proposed changes should contact Salford City Council by Wednesday 11 November: