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Manchester's 'Cyclops' junction reaches major milestone

The junction, equipped with cycle optimised protected signals, allows bicycles to approach from four arms which converge onto a cycle track and help segregate cyclists from general traffic.

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CGI of the Cyclops junction at Royce Road, which aims to improve safety for all road users
CGI of the Cyclops junction at Royce Road, which aims to improve safety for all road users

Manchester City Council has unveiled a road junction which has been designed to fully segregate cyclists from general traffic, improving safety for all road users.

 

The “cycle optimised protected signals” junction, at Royce Road, is said to be a UK first. It is an “orbital cycle route”, separating cyclists from motor traffic and providing more space for pedestrians, reducing the possibility of collisions or conflicts with traffic.

 

Cycle track

 

The Royce Road junction in Hulme dubbed Cyclops (cycle optimised protected signals) allows bicycles to approach from four ‘arms’ which converge onto a cycle track which completely encircles the junction.

 

According to the council, this means that bicycles can make a right turn at the junction, protected from traffic, and can complete the manoeuvre in one movement, dependent on signal timings.

 

Completion of the Cyclops junction marks the end of construction work on the first phase of the project, which has also seen the creation of segregated cycle lanes along Chorlton Road, from Chester Road to Stretford Road.

“This is a big step forward in our work to create permanent, high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure which will support the long-term shift to active travel that we want to see right across the city”

The next phase of the scheme will see improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure on Chorlton Road between Stretford Road and Moss Lane East.

 

“This is a big step forward in our work to create permanent, high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure which will support the long-term shift to active travel that we want to see right across the city,” said councillor Angeliki Stogia, executive member for the environment, planning and transport, Manchester City Council.

 

“The trailblazing new Cyclops junction will maximise opportunities for safer cycling and walking in this area and we are really proud and excited to deliver this innovative project.

She continued: “And it is only the latest milestone in our ambitious plans to invest in a network of safe routes for people travelling on foot or by bike. We’re continuing to move forward with our £79m pipeline of projects, which will enable more people across the city to make the switch to walking and cycling for their everyday journeys.”

 

A consultation for the Manchester to Chorlton walking and cycling project was conducted in summer 2019, which received more than 1,800 responses and found the majority of people were in favour of the scheme. Work on the route began in November 2019 and has to date focused on the area from the Chester Road roundabout up to Stretford Road, where segregated cycle lanes have been created.

 

The new route was proposed by Manchester City Council, the One Trafford Partnership, Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, with £13.4m funding being invested from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Challenge Fund and a government Cycle Cities Ambition Grant.

 

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