Manchester Evening News)
Open-air dining and drinking, a tree-lined square and market stalls are shown
A vision of a traffic-free Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter has been revealed as part of a series of new cycling and walking project proposals being announced today.
The artist’s impression image shows open-air dining and drinking, with tree-lined pavements around a square, small market stalls and outdoor coffee bars.
A host of public realm improvements are being promised as part of a new cycling and walking route between Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Victoria – cutting through the heart of the Northern Quarter.
And as the Stevenson Square blue print shows, pedestrianisation would be a major feature, although there’s no sign of the ever-changing graffiti wall.
The plans are, of course, due to be opened up for consultation.
The Piccadilly to Victoria route to link the two stations is set to cost an estimated £11.6 million.
The images shows a tree-lined square with open-air dining (Image: GMCA) Civic chiefs said the new route would enhance the ‘on-foot and by-bike experience’ for pedestrians and cyclists, although the exact route planned hasn’t been revealed as yet. Further details are expected.
A total of 18 new cycling and walking schemes – with a total value of £137m – were being announced today by Transport for Greater Manchester, the mayor, Andy Burnham and cycling tsar Chris Boardman, with all of them set to be considered by Greater Manchester Combined Authority next week as part of Greater Manchester’s £1.5 billion ‘Bee Network’ scheme.
The scheme aims to launch a fully joined up cycling and walking network across the city region.
The 18 latest ‘transformational’ schemes to be announced would bring the total value of cycling and walking related-projects across Greater Manchester to around £204 million.
And if approved, they would take the number of endorsed schemes so far to 42, covering 319 new and upgraded crossings and junctions as well as 70 miles of new cycling and walking routes, including 14 miles of Dutch-style cycle lanes protected from traffic.
As revealed by the M.E.N. today, the plans also include a spectacular new walking and cycling bridge to link Stockport’s train station with its new bus interchange and Mersey Square, spanning 100 metres and boasting a futuristic arch.