Mayor’s Challenge Fund (MCF) for Cycling and Walking Stockport

A sound understanding of delivering a standard of infrastructure that unlocks Greater Manchester’s walking and cycling potential while accommodating the demands of other road users is at the heart of the team’s operation.

Ridge has a fully integrated team of Project & Programme managers that are working with Stockport Council to deliver part of the new city-region wide Bee Network which will consist of more than 1800 miles of routes making it the largest joined-up walking and cycling infrastructure in the UK.

The team are working within tight funding constraints to develop and deliver 14 schemes in and around Stockport totaling £25 million.

Once built, the network will help to connect communities in Greater Manchester, benefiting 2.7 million people and making cycling and walking a real alternative to using the car.

  • 1,800

    MIles of routes

  • The Largest

    Joined-up walking and cycling infrastructure in the UK

  • 14


The team has worked amazingly hard to bring systems into place for our walking and cycling development programme , organising multiple complex work streams and creating and keeping to a very challenging programme. They have managed to do this whilst bringing along a very wide range of people to achieve these milestones and that is down to their helpful positive attitude.

Sue Stevenson, Head of Highways and Transportation, Stockport Council

An example of projects that are taking place include:

Gillbent Road Signalised Parallel Crossing – Changing the existing signal-controlled pedestrian crossing on Gilbent Road to a pedestrian and cycle signal crossing with hard and soft landscaping enhancements.

Lower Bredbury to Brinnington – A walking and cycling route to link Brinnington and the Trans-Pennine Trail with Stockport town centre.

Hazel Grove Links – A package of measures to link communities by increasing walking and cycling use on off-road routes and local roads around Hazel Grove.

Bramhall Park to A6 – The scheme will link Bramhall Park to Simpson’s Corner in Hazel Grove and is 4.1Km

Heatons Cycle Link – Package of measures to create a series of quiet routes for pedestrians and cyclists between the Manchester Cycleway (Fallowfield Loop) and the Trans-Pennine Trail at Heaton Mersey.

Cheadle Hulme Crossings Package – New signal crossings on busy roads which will provide access to the wider walking and cycling network and better access to local facilities.

A555 Community Links – 4 new links between the existing path along the A555 and residential areas, schools, retail and employment areas in Bramhall, Heald Green and Cheadle Hulme.

Offerton to Stockport – A new walking and cycling route that will provide a link between Offerton and Stockport town centre that avoids busy roads.

Heaton Norris Park Bridge – New landmark bridge which provides a cycling and walking route across the M60, linking Heaton Norris Park with Stockport’s town centre at the new Redrock development.

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