Updated: Monday, 11th December 2017 @ 2:23pm

Go green three ways: Tameside £1million scheme brings cycle path, better station access and off-road link

Go green three ways: Tameside £1million scheme brings cycle path, better station access and off-road link

By Jon Robinson

Greener travel is to be made easier for Tameside residents through a £1million investment scheme into environmentally-friendly forms of transport.

Tameside Borough Council, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, has announced three new initiatives to help encourage people to take up greener methods of transport.

The new plans include a new cycle path, improved access at Hattersley train station and an off-road link between Ashton and a business centre.

The project will take around three years to complete and is said to cost around £1million.

Tameside Council Executive Member for Transport and Development, Councillor Peter Robinson, said: “I fully support these exciting sustainable transport initiatives in the borough, which are part of a bigger package of measures across the Greater Manchester area.”

Cllr Robinson, who is councillor for Hyde Newton ward, added: “They will help us all to access our local town centres and improve links to employment opportunities while at the same time reduce our reliance on our cars.”

The council has the secured money from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund and further contributions will be made by the Sustrans, a sustainable transport charity.

The first proposed scheme will develop a new two mile canal tow path link between Ashton and Hyde town centres.

The route, which is to be developed in partnership with the Canals and Rivers Trust and Sustrans, will provide access points to major local employment locations and will be designed to be user friendly.

The second announced initiative will cover the upgrading of the off-road link between Ashton town centre and Ashton Moss business park.

In a statement, the Tameside Council said that the revitalised route will provide easy and safe access for pedestrians.

The cycle route will be between Katherine Street and a yet to be announced point on Lord Sheldon Way adjacent to the Village Hotel.

The final scheme will oversee much needed key improvements in lighting and pedestrian access to Hattersley train station.

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