Narrow road

This narrow road has been a nightmare for drivers for too long … plans to widen it have finally been revealed

There are big plans to sort out a nightmarish traffic hot spot in Gorton.

Transport chiefs want to widen the busy A57 Hyde Road in an effort to reduce congestion.

The work, if approved, would take about a year.

Manchester council wants to demolish the disused railway bridge on the section.

The bridge cuts a 300m section of the road from four lanes to two, limiting traffic at peak times.

Council bosses want to create a dual carriage, running in both directions, and build a new bridge connecting the Fallowfield Loop for cyclists and pedestrians.

An extra-wide sidewalk could be built on the north side of the road, making it a separate pedestrian and cycling lane.

Part of the Fallowfield Loop

The proposed works will take place between Wall Way and Far Lane.

A consultation was opened so that people could express themselves.

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If the plans are given the green light, work will begin in winter.

Council said two lanes will remain open during construction, but a weekend closure will be required to allow for the demolition of the bridge.

Hyde Road in Gorton

A closure at the end of the project is also expected when the new bridge is lifted.

Councilor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member of Environment, Planning and Transport, said: “This program has the potential to alleviate a long-standing congestion problem on a short stretch of busy Hyde Road, while by providing a new connection to the Fallowfield Loop for people walking or cycling.

“We are interested in getting the views of residents and commuters as we develop our plans, so I urge anyone interested in the project to contact us and have their say.”

Earlier this month, the council revealed plans to widen the junction where Princess Road meets Mancunian Way and Medlock Street.

Residents said the works could result in the loss of green space.

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