Heaton Mersey Common Path Improvements

Closed 26 Mar 2021

Opened 3 Mar 2021


We are working hard with Transport for Greater Manchester to reduce air pollution and tackle climate change whilst encouraging people to become more active. Part of this approach is making it easier to increase the amount of walking and cycling we all do.

Work has started on a Greater Manchester-wide programme to make journeys on foot or by bike much easier and more attractive. The Mayor of Greater Manchester has allocated £160m to the Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund (MCF), made possible by the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

In autumn 2019 we consulted on proposals for the Heatons Cycle Link; a package of measures to create a series of quiet routes for pedestrians and cyclists between the Manchester Cycleway (Fallowfield Loop) and the Trans-Pennine Trail at Heaton Mersey. The scheme was strongly supported at consultation, has been approved for delivery and had funding allocated by MCF. The proposals included resurfacing, widening and lighting between Cherry Holt Avenue and New Beech Road, via the end of Priestnall Road. Full details on the 2019 consultation can be viewed in January 2020 Area Committee Report (item 11). 

Since the consultation we have developed the proposed north-south route to better connect it to adjacent residential streets, and are also proposing to upgrade an additional, east-west route across Heaton Mersey Common. The proposed routes now connect Kingsleigh Road, New Beech Road, Priestnall Road and Burnage Lane, and adjacent roads, with hard surfacing, heritage lighting and seating. Some vegetation clearance would be required, however, the routes avoid mature trees where possible. The hours of operation of the lighting is to be determined based on ecological surveys.

We would like your views on the proposals via this web page. The consultation is running until 26th March 2021.

Responses to this consultation will be considered as part of the scheme development process prior to any implementation.

If you require the detailed plan or response form in an alternative format such as a hard copy, or want to discuss the above please contact the team on 0161 474 2299 or by email at walkcycle@stockport.gov.uk.

More information about cycling and walking in Stockport, including the Heatons Cycle Link scheme and wider improvements funded by MCF is online via www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/cycling-and-walking-in-stockport