Safety boost for children

A new road crossing in Little Hulton will help children reach school and the local park safely.

The toucan crossing, which is suitable for bikes as well as pedestrians, will be installed on the A6 Manchester Road West between the junction of Kenyon Way and Stocksfield Drive. Nearby paths will be widened and resurfaced to create more shared space and the bus stop outside the Top Club will be moved closer to the junction with Kenyon Way.

It will help children travelling to and from St Paul’s Peel primary school and people wanting to reach local shops and Peel Park. The contractors appointed will deliver over £178,000 worth of social value to the city.

Councillor Jack Youd, lead member for finance and support services said: “This is a win-win all round. Local people will benefit from the crossing and from the employment, voluntary work and other social value benefits the contractors will put back into the city.”

The work is expected to start on Monday 13 February for 12 weeks. Any work affecting the carriageway will be off peak 9.30am to 3.30pm with temporary traffic lights.

Councillor Mike McCusker, lead member for planning and sustainable neighbourhoods, added: “Eighty-five per cent of residents consulted by the Little Hulton and Walkden Community Committee were in favour of this new safety measure and I’m delighted that it can now go ahead.”

Councillor Rob Sharpe said: “Local councillors have been pushing for this crossing as a priority because of a lack of safe crossing points on this busy road. We have been supported strongly by local residents who also saw it as a priority. We asked residents to choose the best place for the crossing and they decided on the location near Stocksfield Drive and Peel Park. The nearest formal crossing point is 330 metres away at the junction of Clegg’s Lane so the new crossing fills a gap.”

Between September 2017 and May 2022 there were 16 collisions recorded along Manchester Road West, with four classified as serious and 12 as slight. Twenty one casualties were recorded with three pedestrians and two cyclists slightly injured and one cyclist seriously hurt.

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Date published
Wednesday 18 January 2023

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