Olympic champion Jason Kenny praises Salford Council’s £1.2million investment in safer cycling routes

By Chris Higgins

Olympic champion Jason Kenny is joining Salford cyclists’ delight at the council’s announcement to inject £1.2million into safe routes on major roads through the city.

The plan to heavily invest in Salford’s cycle lanes over the next three years was revealed by Councillor Derek Antrobus, assistant mayor for strategic planning, on Monday.

Cllr Antrobus said the routes to be improved included paths along the River Irwell to serve major regeneration areas such as Salford Central, University and the Quays.

He said: “Providing good quality, safe cycle routes to the Quays makes it easier for local people to reach jobs in this area and for visitors to reach leisure and shopping facilities.”

The investment has been welcomed by double Olympic cycling gold medallist Jason Kenny after the incidents involving his teammate and coach earlier this week.

Kenny said: “Following the recent accidents involving Bradley and Shane, it’s great to see Salford council investing in improving cycling access in the major commuter routes.”

Improving routes to the Quays and MediaCityUK will give people easier cycling access to the 13,000 jobs created by regeneration of the area and take cars off major commuter routes.

The proposed River Irwell route, an eight kilometre track linking the university to the Quays, is alone hoped to take up to 1,000 cars off congested rush hour roads.

Tackling congestion has been a priority for the council as Cllr Antrobus said that it was deterring developers from investing in the on-going Chapel Street regeneration scheme.

He said: “The Council invested a lot of money in improving the quality of the environment along Chapel Street and in traffic calming since the poor quality and heavy traffic were seen as disincentives to developers.”

Other proposed routes are expected to link in with £10million worth of traffic calming schemes on the A6, and run along Trafford Road to join Broadway.

Improvements will be carried out to bridges, junctions, signs and crossings along the routes as well as creating a path to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians between Woden Street and Fairbrother Street in Ordsall.

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