Mayors Challenge Fund (MCF) – A56 Chester Road to Talbot Road Cycling and Walking Improvements Consultation

Closed 10 Sep 2023

Opened 24 Jul 2023


During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and as part of the Emergency Active Travel Funding, Trafford Council installed temporary cycle lanes on the A56 Chester Road and Edge Lane. This was to promote walking, wheeling and cycling choices for shorter journeys. Trafford Council held a consultation in November 2021 on the future of the temporary cycle lanes along the A56 Chester Road and Edge Lane. This initial consultation report can be viewed here: A56 Consultation Report

The feedback from this consultation was used to shape proposals for an active travel scheme along the A56 Corridor. The first phase of this scheme involved the introduction of active travel improvements on the A5014 Chester Road. This phase was built in March this year following a consultation carried out in November 2022.

Trafford Council wants you to have your say on the proposals for the second phase of this scheme. These proposals aim to keep the existing layout of the temporary cycle scheme on A56 Chester Road. Parts of this layout will be improved to boost cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Maps of A56 Corridor Interim Cycling and Walking Improvements Proposals

Phase 2 - A56 Chester Road - Map A

Phase 2 - A56 Chester Road - Map B


Phase 2 - A56 Chester Road - Map C


Visuals of A56 Corridor Interim Cycling and Walking Improvements Proposals

Phase 2 - A56 Chester Road – Southbound prior to Edge Lane


Phase 2 - A56 Chester Road – Northbound prior to Edge Lane


The proposals include several improvements:

  • Existing temporary cycle lanes along the A56 Stretford to be replaced by cycle lane bollards separating the cycle lane and the main road. This is from the A56 / Talbot Road junction to a point just north of the M60 Junction 7.
  • A new buffer strip between the cycle lane and main road.
  • New separate foot and cycle paths through the gyratory island at Barton Road and a new crossing at the traffic lights on the northern side. This allows safe crossing of the A56 and Barton Road for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Cycle lanes that run between bus stop lay-bys and the main road.
  • Existing bus lane next to Stretford Mall to be removed.
  • The A56 southbound to go back to two lanes of traffic at the Davyhulme Road junction.
  • New vehicle loading restrictions on the A56 (no loading or unloading at any time).

Why your views matter

We are now asking residents, businesses, and users of the area to have their say on the proposals to help shape the final scheme layout. Please be aware that the consultation on these proposals runs from 24th July to 10th September 2023.

In addition to this online consultation a drop-in consultation event took place at Stretford Public Hall, Chester Rd, Stretford on Thursday 17 August, 9am - 7pm. It was advertised on this page and residents in the immediate area were posted a leaflet inviting them to come down and give us their comments.  

Once the consultation is complete, responses will be reviewed and used to help shape the final scheme layout. Findings from the consultation will be published on

If you require the proposals or survey in an alternative format, or have any issues or queries, please email us at

What happens next

Thank you for providing your feedback on the proposals for walking and cycling facilities along the A56 Chester Road.

Once the consultation has closed on 10th September 2023, all the feedback received will be analysed and considered to help shape the final plans.

If you would like to keep up to date with the progress of the scheme, updates will be posted on  the webpage.