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Cycling and walking boost for Cheadle Hulme

4 December 2017

Work on an improvement scheme designed to make Cheadle Hulme more attractive and accessible to cyclists and walkers has started.

The construction of a section of the Ladybrook Way will see the delivery of a new and predominantly off-road cycling and walking route along the Ladybrook Valley. Large sections of the route will be along a new bridleway which will increase the length of usable routes open to horse riders in Stockport.

The project is being delivered by Stockport Council and is part of the £22.1m Greater Manchester-wide Cycle City programme led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) using funding from the Department for Transport.

The off-road and traffic-free section of the route will extend northwards from Ladybridge Road to Demmings Road. The next section will run along Demmings Road, featuring a new parallel cycle and pedestrian zebra crossing. The route on Demmings Road will be separate from the main carriageway. Further north, a new toucan crossing will help people to safely cross Councillor Lane.

The route will then link to a new bridleway as part of the Aurora Business Park development and will connect with the Stockport and Mersey Valley Cycleway, which was completed in 2015.

An innovative new sealed surface, made from recycled tyres and stone aggregate bound together with resin, will be used to build the 3m-wide path and make it usable in all weather conditions. The rubber content will provide extra cushioning and grip for horses.

TfGM Committee’s Cycling and Walking Champion, Councillor Chris Paul, said: “This is excellent news for Cheadle Hulme as, when completed, the scheme will make it much safer and easier for people to walk and cycle.

“By providing high-quality routes as part of a growing network, we’re helping to link local communities together and, by boosting connections to the Mersey Valley and Stockport Cycleway, we hope people will find it easier than ever to travel to employment, education and leisure opportunities by bike.

“Cycling is great for fitness and health and for your budget too, reducing congestion and air pollution. It’s a green, clean and fun way to travel around Cheadle Hulme and the wider region so it’s vital that we develop schemes such as this to encourage people to take journeys, especially short journeys, on foot and by bike.”

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “We’re committed to modal shift in Stockport so this new cycleway is another way of persuading people out of their cars and onto their bikes or opting to walk - whether that’s to get to work, school, to meet friends or to get some exercise safely and easily. The completion of this scheme will see Stockport become a much better connected borough.”

A further extension of the Ladybrook Way is in development, with planning permission secured. These works would see an additional bridleway built along the Ladybrook Valley, linking the existing cycle route through Bramhall Park to Ladybridge Road. A proposed new toucan crossing will link the two halves of the route and allow safe crossing of Ladybridge Road.

Ultimately the Ladybrook Way will better connect Cheadle Hulme with the centre of Stockport, and further afield Didsbury and the Wilmslow Road Cycleway as part of a wider cycle network mainly separated from general traffic.

Following the £20 million first phase of the Greater Manchester Cycle City programme which is now complete, this second phase involves a £22 million investment in mainly segregated new and improved cycle routes across the region, five new cycle-friendly district centres, including Cheadle Hulme, further improvements to cycle parking and continued cycle training and support. It also involves ten new schools joining the Cycle Schools and Colleges project.