Calls to permanently pedestrianise up to 25 Manchester city centre streets shut during lockdown – here’s the full list – Manchester Evening News
Councillors are calling for up to 25 Manchester city centre roads closed temporarily due to the pandemic to become permanently pedestrianised.
A string of streets within the inner ring road were closed to car traffic under emergency legislation brought in by the government last year to allow people more room to social distance.
Now a number of city centre councillors are pushing for a review to examine whether the closures can be made permanent.
Piccadilly ward councillor Jon-Connor Lyons is set to raise the issue with the council’s transport boss Angeliki Stogia at today’s (WEDS) full council meeting.
“Over the summer last year, we saw parts of the city centre pedestrianised to encourage people to travel safely and actively, whilst supporting Manchester’s small businesses and ensuring accessibility,” Cllr Lyons will say.
“Will the executive member be commissioning a report that looks at the viability of these schemes into the future?”
City centre councillors are keen to capitalise on an increase in public support for quieter roads during lockdowns before the emergency legislation expires on 30 April.