I’ve now received the final drawings for the Stretford public realm improvements, as well as the Stage 2 Road Safety Audit. In keeping with the whole consultation, these have only become available after work has already started and don’t appear to have been published anywhere or shared publicly.
I’ve already written plenty about these changes and how they’re bad news for everyone except for those driving through Stretford. So I won’t repeat myself here.
If you do want to know more about the scheme and my concerns about it, you can read the following posts:
- Stretford public realm (May 2015)
- Follow up: Stretford public realm (September 2015)
- Stretford public realm consultation results (January 2016)
- Stretford public realm phase 1 (July 2016)
- RIP Stretford subways, and good luck to all who use the surface crossings (April 2017)
The following drawings show what’s due to be implemented by the contractors currently on site. With the detail, it’s clear to see how poor a deal they are for walking and cycling, with focus clearly being on increasing motor-traffic capacity.
Given this is one of the busiest routes into Manchester and a key junction in Trafford, cycling has been barely catered for and what has been included is just dangerous.
I hope with Andy Burnham as Greater Manchester mayor and Chris Boardman as cycling and walking commissioner, we can avoid such poorly designed and dangerous schemes being implemented in the future. I just wish they could intervene here before work is complete.