The latest stage of the planned improvement of walking and cycling provision in the city centre is to be presented to the public.

The Northern Quarter Area 4 Walking and Cycling scheme aims to upgrade the existing infrastructure in the Shudehill area of the city centre.

This is part of a wider project to improve connections between Piccadilly and Victoria Stations and create a dedicated walking and cycling route between the two.

Earlier consultation on this project saw hundreds of people submit comments and suggestions to the Council on what their priorities for the area were.

Plans for the area include:

Cycling –
Cycle tracks in both directions along Withy Grove and Shudehill; signalised cycle crossings at both the Shudehill and Corporation Street junctions; a Toucan crossing replacing the zebra crossing at Dantzic Street.

Walking –
An improved signal-controlled crossing at the junction of Shudehill and Thomas Street; a new Toucan crossing (see above); a widened and improved crossing with tactile signals for accessibility at the junction of Corporation Street and Withy Grove – this crossing will also be segregated for cyclists.

Public transport –
Two-way bus movements will be retained along Shudehill, with a bus gate installed in Corporation Street southbound at its junction with Hanover Street.

This gate will allow buses, black cabs and cycles through, but not normal traffic.

For Hackney Carriages (black cabs) –
The taxi rank in Shudehill will be retained.

The feeder rank in Well Street will also be retained.

Black cabs will still be able to access Shudehill through the bus gate (see above).

Local businesses –
Loading bays on both sides of Withy Grove for businesses in the Arndale and Printworks will be retained.

Smaller businesses will retain the use of a loading bay in Withy Grove.

The consultation is now live (Tuesday, 12 October) and will run for three weeks.

Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment said: “Building better connectivity in Manchester is a key part of what we’re doing as a Council to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

“The Pic-Vic connection between the two railway stations is in need of improvement which is why we’re going back to the public to find out what will work best for them.

“We want to have a city centre which integrates all kinds of transport, from walking and cycling, to buses and trams. By improving this busy part of town we are sending a message that the Council is focused on making upgrades where they are most needed.

“The consultation is now up and running and I’d ask for as many people as possible to take part.”

To take part in the consultation visit


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