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, Bolton Council has 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)


Consultation is now underway 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.

Westhoughton Active Neighbourhoods

For further detail on the scheme and for a chance to have your say, please click here.

Astley Bridge / Crompton Active Neighbourhoods

For further detail on the scheme and for a chance to have your say, please click here.

 

Further Details on Schemes Proposed for the Borough

Town Centre to Doffcocker

Bolton Council is 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.

Bolton Town Centre Phase One (East)

The aim of this project is to improve walking and cycling across the town centre, creating links for residents to key retail sites and providing a link to help create a wider cycle network across Bolton.

The Phase One (East) aim to encourage the uptake of travel into the town centre by foot or bike, allowing residents and visitors to travel more actively and improving the infrastructure.  

This includes the potential to provide two-way protected cycle provision on several key routes into Bolton Town Centre.  

A number of improved crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, including upgrades to two subways to provide safer cycling and walking conditions is also proposed. 
 

Do you have feedback?

Although we have secured funding for a number of schemes based on our initial plans, we are still only at the development stage and we are seeking feedback on our ideas to develop these into fully detailed schemes.  Further information on how to participate can be found here.