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“Dutch-style” cycle lanes in new bus priority plans for Oxford Road

20 Nov 2014

Transport bosses have unveiled new plans to transform travel along Oxford Road, with a major bus priority corridor featuring Greater Manchester’s first ever Dutch-style cycle lanes

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council have developed the plans for Oxford Road, which go hand-in-hand with the recently advertised bus priority changes for the city centre.

You can take a virtual journey along Oxford Road on this new 3D fly-through video:

You can also see what improvements are planned for bus users, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users at:

The scheme – which will limit general traffic along sections of Oxford Road and include over 4km of segregated bus lanes – is part of a wider bus priority package that will significantly improve the quality, punctuality and reliability of bus services on 25 miles of key routes in Greater Manchester.

The updated plans for Oxford Road have been announced as road-widening, resurfacing and junction improvement work comes to an end this week on parallel Upper Brook Street. The extra road space, and additional parking and loading restrictions, will keep traffic flowing along the route into and out of Manchester city centre.

New toucan crossings on Upper Brook Street are also benefiting pedestrians and cyclists while making Oxford Road easier to reach by people living in Ardwick.

Over 2,000 people gave feedback on the Oxford Road proposals during a major consultation that has helped shaped the scheme, alongside continuing discussions with stakeholders and properties fronting the route. Key changes include:

  • Opening up Oxford Road to general traffic overnight from 9pm until 6am, seven days a week. Outside these hours sections of Oxford Road will be available for use by buses, taxis (hackney cabs), emergency vehicles and cycles only.
  • Extensions to the ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes at two key locations along Oxford Road – alongside Whitworth Park and at the University Precinct opposite the Kilburn building.
  • Providing zebra crossing points at all bus stops where there are Dutch-style cycle lanes so that pedestrians can cross the cycle lanes safely.
  • Introducing service loops along Oxford Road to ensure that key facilities such as the hospitals, the universities and other businesses have the access they need.
  • Removing the proposed bus lane on Booth Street West in order to maintain two lanes for general traffic crossing Oxford Road.

As the proposals require changes to parking, loading and waiting restrictions, the next step is for Manchester City Council, as the local highway authority, to advertise the Traffic Regulation Orders through a formal statutory process. The advertisement of the Orders will begin on 1 December and run for 21 days.

Neighbourhoods surrounding Oxford Road, including those on Higher Cambridge Street, Lloyd Street North, Upper Lloyd Street and Claremont Road, have already benefited from local schemes designed to improve safety, traffic flow and facilities for residents, local drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers.

Before any changes can be made to Oxford Road, Princess Street will become two-way between the Mancunian Way and Major Street. This will provide a direct route into and out of the city centre for all road users.

There will also be updated signage introduced on routes further out of Manchester city centre to help motorists find the best route to their destination.

The bus priority scheme has been developed as part of the overall transport strategy for the city centre, which includes plans the Metrolink second city centre crossing.

Further information

For more information about the bus priority package: