Plans to make cycling safer in Broughton are now open for everyone to have their say.
Salford City Council has launched a four-week consultation today (Wednesday October 14) on proposals which could see road junctions redesigned and new crossings installed along the Broughton cycleway which runs along the Great Clowes Street and Blackfriars Road.
Public feedback is vital in helping the council put together a full business case to secure funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to carry out the scheme.
Councillor Jim Cammell, who leads on cycling for Salford City Council, said the proposals take into account feedback and safety concerns about the route which opened in 2016.
This year has seen a huge increase in cycling for both commuting and pleasure due to the pandemic.
“Our design team are exploring several opportunities to make cycling and walking along this route more attractive, more direct and safer, especially at road junctions,” he said.
“There is also the potential to connect to Bury’s cycle route on Bury New Road and other Bee network routes in Salford city centre.”
The proposals are to redesign six junctions along the route to provide safer cyclist and pedestrian movements by providing fully segregated cycling and walking facilities controlled by traffic signals (known as Cyclops junctions.)
The junctions are: Camp Street/Upper Camp Street/Great Clowes Street junction, Broughton Lane/Great Clowes Street junction, Sussex Street/Great Clowes Street junction, Silk Street/Great Clowes Street junction/St Simon Street/Blackfriars Road junction and Mount Street/St Stephen Street/Blackfriars Road junction.
Work to 19 side roads including tightening turning circles, speed reduction measures and new give way priorities.
Introduce 14 bus stop laybys to separate cyclists and buses and replace and improve all existing armadillos and segregation features creating wider cycle lanes which should prevent vehicles parking in them.
Replace stairs to Broughton bridge and install a new toucan crossing at the location of an existing uncontrolled crossing, remove the Blackfriars Road footbridge and replace it with a new Cyclops junction and close Mount Street to vehicles from its junction with St Stephen Street.
The cycle route will also be resurfaced and trees, rain gardens and planting beds installed along the route.
Anyone with views on the proposed changes should contact Salford City Council by Wednesday November 11:
online at www.salford.gov.uk/mcf
or via Commonplace at: broughtoncyclewayenhancements.commonplace.is
Or by email to email@example.com
Or by post Broughton cycleway enhancements consultation, Salford City Council, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ
Plans for one of Salford’s major roads are now open for a three-week consultation.
Salford City Council is proposing new cycling and pedestrian improvements to Oldfield Road, which runs from Ordsall, across Regent Road and up to Chapel Street.
The scheme would include a cycle lane all the way from Chapel Street to Regent Road, separate from traffic and a CYCLOPS junction at the junction of Liverpool Street and Middlewood Street which keeps pedestrians and cyclists separate from traffic and gives them a signal controlled route through the junction.
Other crossings would be improved and new paving, street furniture, lighting, trees, rain gardens and wildflower grasses added. There are plans for loading bays for local businesses and limited waiting parking bays with restrictions to keep cycleways and footpaths clear, electric vehicle charging points and cycling parking stands and repair hubs.
Councillor Jim Cammell, who leads on cycling for Salford City Council said:
Salford City Council is working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the proposals and public comments will support a full business case submission to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to secure funding to for the scheme.
The consultation runs from October 26 to November 16 and you can have your say online via the Commonplace website oldfieldroadcorridor.commonplace.is or via Salford City Council’s website www.salford.gov.uk/mcf by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to FAO Oldfield Road Corridor, Salford City Council, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ.
With the announcement this year that due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect public health and avoid breaching regulations, all public fireworks displays in Salford are now cancelled.
This means that undoubtedly more and more people will be looking to mark the historic occasion with smaller fires and displays in their own gardens, hopefully complying with the governments rule of six stipulation for gatherings of course.
With this in mind Salford City Council has urged people to ‘be sensible and safe’ in the run up to Bonfire Night this year after reports of young people throwing fireworks at each other.
Emergency services are already overstretched as is and hospitals are having to deal with unprecedented pressures already, the last thing they need right now is to be treating people who have been injured by fires and fireworks.
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said he was concerned people would turn to displays at home without treating fireworks with the respect they deserve.
If you are planning your own firework display at home please remember these five safety tips:
1. Read and follow the Firework Code to stay safe - https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/Advice/Fireworks-Safety
2. Only celebrate with your household in line with current COVID-19 regulations
3. Be considerate of neighbours and animals who may not enjoy fireworks
4. Remember it is illegal to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am or to let them off or throw them in a public place
5. Keep pets indoors and safe
A spokesperson for GMP confirmed they responded to reports of an incident involving fireworks in Salford.
Salford City Council is sending an urgent, critical message to the local community and businesses to avoid further restrictions as coronavirus cases are escalating in the city.
Further government restrictions could include food and drink businesses opening only for takeaways, limited venue opening times, and a blanket restriction on meeting outdoors.
Salford’s infection rate has seen a sharp increase with cases continuing to rise – positive coronavirus cases now stand at around 80 per 100,000 people (as of 10/09/2020), with transmission across all communities, different age groups and in all areas of the city.
The council’s Director of Public Health for Salford, Dr Muna Abdel Aziz is asking residents to:
· Wear face coverings in shops and all public places, as much as possible
· Keep two metres apart from people outside of households at all times
· Avoid physical contact with anyone outside households, including shaking hands
· If unwell to stay at home and if Coronavirus symptoms develop, then get tested
· Follow Track and Trace advice and if notified, to stay at home for 14 days
Dr Muna Abdel Aziz added:
Salford has remained part of the Greater Manchester local restrictions but the city leaders are concerned the measures are not working and could be increased by government to reduce social interaction in venues such as pubs and restaurants.
The council is stepping up information on the basic preventative actions needed to ensure people clearly understand what’s required. City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
Councillor Gina Reynolds, Lead Member for Adult Services and Health and Wellbeing added
For the latest information and advice please visit www.salford.gov.uk