Decision details

Active Travel Fund (ATF) Tranche 2 - Oxford Road, Altrincham

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The Council recently undertook a fact-finding exercise with frontages in and around Oxford Road, Altrincham, in relation to proposals to introduce a modal filter restricting through traffic, along with changes to access and parking. Following analysis of representations received, it has become apparent that the majority of respondents to the engagement exercise are not in support of the proposed changes. Therefore, authorisation is sought to abandon the Oxford Road scheme as presented under ATF Tranche 2, in line with residents’ preferences. In addition, approval is also sought to divert the remaining funds allocated to Oxford Road for use on the A56 cycle lane corridor scheme, another project which supports the ATF vision.

Decision:

1)      That the Oxford Road scheme as was proposed be abandoned, in line with residents’ preferences.

 

2)      That all the remaining funds which were allocated to the Oxford Road scheme via the ATF fund, be reallocated for use as part of the A56 (Manchester Road) cycle lane corridor.

Reasons for the decision:

The reasons for the recommendation are based on the lack of support for the scheme as presented, along with the limited options available for amending to suit the preferences of locals. It is also envisaged that the remaining funds would be better utilised on another project that seeks to enhance the movement of traffic in Trafford.

Alternative options considered:

The Council is limited in terms of traffic management measures that can be introduced on Oxford Road. Whilst the reversal of the existing ‘One Way’ was considered, this could result in access issues due to regular traffic congestion emanating from the Ashley Road roundabout nearby. In addition, introducing chicanes and speed humps has not been recommended as this would result in the loss of parking bays. Furthermore, experience from several locations in the borough has seen complaints raised by residents due to building vibrations and concerns of how this affects the structural integrity of properties over time.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Publication date: 17/06/2021

Date of decision: 08/06/2021

Effective from: 25/06/2021

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