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TfGM Confirms £3.1m Emergency Active Travel Fund Allocations for Greater Manchester

TfGM has officially announced the road safety measures that will be built across Greater Manchester as part of Tranche 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF).

Many of the schemes, which will be funded by the £3.1m Tranche 1 budget, have previously been announced and are already in place to address the movement and access issues presented by physical distancing in the time of COVID-19.

Eight of the ten boroughs decided to participate, and each has differed in their approach. Salford and Trafford have been busy marking out temporary safe travel lanes, and others such as Bury are proposing similar routes, whereas Manchester has favoured city centre pedestrian-focused interventions to improve movements around the city centre, seemingly without consideration for people who live within cycling (but not walking) distance of the city centre.

The EATF has been created to help councils to make meaningful changes to our streets in favour of people’s safe movement, health and wellbeing, and the government is encouraging ambitious, quick action.

The full list of EATF Tranche 1 schemes is described by TfGM as follows:


Chorley New Road from the Beehive roundabout to Queens Park – pop-up cycle lanes in both directions linking to the existing cycle lanes in Queens Park.

A6 Bolton Boundary with Salford to the Chequerbent Roundabout, Westhoughton – pop-up cycle lanes in both directions.


Bury will provide a “pop up” temporary cycle lane along the busy A56 Bury New Road, beginning at St Mary’s Park, Prestwich.


Temporary closure of Deansgate
Closure of Ducie St London Rd to Dale St (the approach to Manchester Piccadilly station)
Closure of Stevenson Square


Oldham Town Centre – Cheapside/West Street will see the reallocation of road space to pedestrians including a zebra crossing.

New markings and signage are currently underway, as well as work decluttering Oldham Town Centre to keep people safe.

Measures were initially implemented in Oldham Town Centre as shops began to re-open. These works will be extended to other local centres as more businesses start to reopen and will form part of an ongoing programme over the coming weeks and months.


Blackfriars Street pop up cycle lane
Chapel Street East/Victoria Bridge Street bus gate
Chapel Street East pop up cycle lane
Islington Neighbourhood modal filters/point closures
Oldfield Road Corridor pop up cycle lane
Liverpool Street pop up cycle lane


A 3.3km long cycle route using quiet streets parallel to the A6 between Heaton Chapel and Stockport Town Centre which includes a temporary signal junction, pop up cycle lanes, a cycle only filter point and an altered junction priority to speed cyclists on their way.


The council is creating safe routes along the A635 to provide a direct corridor for cyclists and pedestrians from Ashton town centre towards the city centre and back.

Quiet streets – Currier Lane and Stamford Drive


A56 corridor
12-13 modal filters (various locations)
Lostock Road, Urmston – bollards
Edge Lane, Stretford (Stretford Metro Link) towards Kings Road
Chester Road, Stretford (Between City Road & Virgil Street) – Pop Up Lane
Marsland Road, Sale – pop up cycle lane
Edge Lane, Stretford (between Lime Road & Inglyby Ct)

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