As part of the Mayor’s Challenge Fund (MCF), an initial £160 million has been made available to deliver the Bee Network across Greater Manchester by 2022. 

The vision is to make it easier and more attractive for people to move around Greater Manchester by foot or bike, especially for shorter journeys, and to help create a more connected and accessible region.

The funding secured through the MCF aims to kick start the delivery of the Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner’s made to move report, and deliver the aspirations set out in the Greater Manchester transport strategy 2040.

Further details on the made to move report and bee network proposals can be found on the TfGM website.

To date, we have been successful in gaining programme entry for the further development of four schemes as shown below, with the indicative scheme value shown in brackets:

  • Town Centre to Doffcocker – scheme granted programme entry in Tranche 1 (£1.6m)
  • Town Centre Phase One (East) – scheme granted programme entry in Tranche 5 (£4.1m)
  • Westhoughton ‘Active Neighbourhoods’ – scheme granted programme entry in Tranche 6 (£5.8m)
  • Astley Bridge / Crompton ‘Active Neighbourhoods’ – scheme granted programme entry in Tranche 6 (£9.0m)

Further Details on schemes proposed for the Borough

Town centre to Doffcocker

We are developing a proposal to provide a new safer cycling and walking route parallel to the B6226 Chorley Old Road, linking a number of quieter roads.

The focus of the scheme is to create more active and pleasant neighbourhoods, reduce car dependency and ‘rat-running’. It also looks to improve the experience of getting around on foot or by bicycle through much clearer and safer crossings.

The route will link to Queens Park and across to the town centre.

For further detail on the scheme and for a chance to have your say, see Safe and active travel in Bolton.


Consultation has now completed on these schemes:

The focus of these schemes is to create more active and pleasant neighbourhoods where we live, with the movement of people prioritised over the movement of motor traffic.
The projects will reduce car dependency and ‘rat-running’, as well as improving the experience of getting to local and town centres, bus stops or railway stations either on foot or by bicycle.

Bolton town centre phase one (east)

Westhoughton Active Neighbourhoods

Astley Bridge / Crompton Active Neighbourhoods