Final stage of Manchester to Chorlton Walking and Cycleway set to begin

An example of what a CYCLOPS junction looks like.

The final stage of the landmark Manchester to Chorlton Walking and Cycleway scheme is set to begin.

After several years of consultation and construction this section – Area 3B – which runs along Manchester Road between Clarendon Road West and Sandy Lane will begin on Monday February 6.

The final design will include two CYCLOPS junctions, a feature which has become well-known in recent years through the roll out of this project.

They will be located at the junction of Barlow Moor Road/Wilbraham Road (Four Banks), and the junction of Barlow Moor Road/High Lane and Sandy Lane.

Other features of the improvements taking place include: 

  • Right-turn bans from Barlow Moor Road to Sandy Lane, and from Sandy Lane into Barlow Moor Road, again to avoid congestion and delays. 
  • A segregated cycle lane along the length of the route that bypasses bus stops and parking/ loading bays where possible. 
  • Narrowing of the road at junctions with side roads, by building out the footway, along with raised tables to slow traffic. 
  • Sustainable urban drainage (rain gardens) to improve the street scene, while also improving the drainage and helping to prevent flooding. 
  • Upgrading the crossing near Ransfield Road to a toucan crossing, which allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross at the same time. 

Full details on the scheme can be found by visiting our website.

Work will begin on February 6 and is expected to run until September. However, this date may be subject to change as the scheme progresses.

Residents with concerns about the scheme, or who would like to make feedback can contact the Council by emailing

Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment and Transport said:

“The Manchester to Chorlton Walking and Cycleway has been a huge undertaking, and demonstrates how we are able to combine multiple modes of travel into a single project. 

“We need to be creating clean and green networks of travel to and from the city centre which is why it’s incredibly exciting to see this scheme come to its conclusion. 

“This walking and cycling route will be another forward step towards the Council’s plan to be zero-carbon by 2038 as well as providing a wealth of benefits for the communities it runs through.” 

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