95% of cars now avoiding Manchester’s Oxford Road
Sarah Barth November 5 2016
The transformation of Manchester’s Oxford Road into a safe space for cyclists and pedestrians is nearing completion, with a dramatic drop in cars using the road.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has introduced new ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes along with changed traffic priorities – taking drivers onto alternative routes – so that buses can operate more efficiently and punctually.
A new ‘bus gate’ starting at Hathersage Road means that general traffic heading into the city via Oxford Road has fallen from 5,000 cars to fewer than 250 paving the way for quicker bus services, better cycle facilities and cleaner and safer public spaces.
The bus gate came into force in September and although a new concept for Greater Manchester another one has been in operation on Portland Street since March.
Along with the 95% drop in general traffic on Oxford Road, recently completed work between Hathersage Road and Booth Street has seen a whole new road surface laid, pedestrian improvements made, more cycle lanes added and the reconfiguration of several key junctions meaning additional changes for general traffic.
While the majority of drivers are now using alternative routes like Upper Brook Street, transport bosses are urging everyone to start to familiarise themselves with the final scheme now – before it’s all finished.