Funding approved for Bee Network cycling and walking schemes in Tameside


Tameside is to benefit from a multi-million pound funding package to create safe cycling and walking routes.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has approved £8.4million of the Mayor's Challenge Fund (MCF) to progress development of the latest Bee Network schemes as part of Greater Manchester's plan to become the first UK city-region to have a fully joined-up cycling and walking network.

It includes £687,000 funding for Tameside Council's Active Neighbourhoods scheme, providing key crossings and links through local neighbourhoods.

This includes delivering a series of cycle improvements at Hill Street, Ashton, including contraflow cycle lanes and a new parallel zebra crossing to enhance cycle access; and improvements to an off-road path and a new parallel zebra crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at Chadwick Dam in Ashton and Stalybridge. Four other schemes at Rayner Lane, Droylsden and Audenshaw; Ross Lave Lane, Denton; Stamford Drive, Stalybridge; and Clarendon Road, Audenshaw, are also under development.

Tameside Council Executive Member for Transport and Connectivity, Cllr Warren Bray, said: "We're delighted to have had this funding approved, which will be used to deliver schemes in Tameside that create safe cycling and walking routes as part of the Bee Network that joins up across Greater Manchester.

"This is just part of the ambitious work we're undertaking to encourage residents to walk or cycle more, reducing vehicle trips and tackling congestion and poor air quality to protect the environment and help keep people fit and healthy."

Greater Manchester's Bee Network will provide an 1,800 mile, joined up cycling and walking network across the city-region. So far, 82 schemes from the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities and Transport for Greater Manchester are in the development pipeline, with a total value of £493million – around a third of the total forecast cost of £1.5billion required to deliver the Bee Network as a whole across Greater Manchester over the next 10 years.

The news comes in the same week that £15.9million of funding was allocated to Greater Manchester by the government's Active Travel Fund, which includes delivering several cycling and walking schemes in Tameside.

Plans are also being developed to help residents improve their cycling skills and confidence to make the most of the new cycle routes. More information will be added to the council's dedicated webpage where details of the Bee Network proposals and other cycling and walking initiatives can be found.