City centre Labour councillors have welcomed cross city bus plans which will deliver improvements to city centre roads.
Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council will shortly announce a consultation on the bus priority package which will make way for cross city buses operating through the city centre.
The package includes major changes to Oxford Road, Portland Street and surrounding roads and the introduction of ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes.
The plans for Oxford Road and Manchester city centre are part of a wider bus priority package to benefit everybody who travels, lives and works in Greater Manchester. The bus priority package will deliver improvements for buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
The consultation goes live on 22nd May and will run to 26th June. All city centre residents along the affected route will receive a leaflet in the next few days but you can download it here. A separate leaflet detailing the plans for Oxford Road can be downloaded here.
City centre councillor Kevin Peel said:
“These improvements are sorely needed, particularly the introduction of new cycle lanes on Oxford Road.
“I am fully supportive of the proposals but I have asked TfGM to consider relocating the bus stop on Whitworth Street from outside a residential block. I would also like to see the introduction of environmental improvements along the affected roads – new street trees for example.
“I would encourage all residents to participate in the consultation.”
Four consultation events will be held for city centre residents to view the plans and discuss them with representatives from TfGM and Manchester City Council:
- Tuesday 4th June, 2pm – 7pm, Cube Gallery, 113-115 Portland Street, M1 6DW
- Wednesday 5th June, 11am – 5pm, TfGM Piccadilly Online Shop, Piccadilly Gardens, M60 1HX
- Thursday 6th June, 2pm – 7pm, Shudehill Travelshop, Shudehill Interchange, M4 2BS
- Monday 10th June, 2pm – 7pm, Manchester Deaf Centre, Crawford House, Booth Street East, M13 9GH (This event will include information and exhibition materials that are suitable for people with disabilities. A BSL Interpreter will be available at the event.)