Last week saw money from the Government’s Active Travel Fund allocated to the city centre, looking to support interventions to encourage walking and cycling between Manchester’s 3 major train stations.
As a result, Manchester City Council have begun development plans for what has been dubbed the ‘Triangle’ vision of the city – with £4m in place to get it done. What is it though?
The city centre’s ‘Triangle’ vision is the creation of improved cycling and walking links between the three major train stations in the city – Deansgate, Piccadilly and Victoria, and the main bus hubs – Piccadilly, Shudehill and Chorlton Street Coach Station.
The initiative will aim to re-allocate road space to pedestrians and cyclists and create more active travel links between the hubs – as well as creating more “pleasant spaces for pedestrians and people on bikes.”
The final designs and routes are to be determined through public consultation in the new year, and this fresh funding looks like it’ll be a major boost for the development plans of the city centre. Especially considering current pedestrianisation plans that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s also a clear stepping stone in the Council’s goal to becoming zero-carbon by 2038. Good luck with that one.