Oldham Council has been awarded a £6 million Local Growth Deal 3 grant by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for a programme of works in and around Oldham Town Centre, a scheme known as ‘Accessible Oldham’.
The scheme was granted Programme Entry status in the Greater Manchester Transport Capital Programme in 2017. Work has been undertaken since 2018 to develop proposals and prepare a Conditional Business Case which has been submitted to Transport for Greater Manchester for approval to award the grant.
As part of this process, a ‘5 case’ Conditional Business Case has been developed in accordance with UK public sector best practice which incorporates the following:
- Strategic Case;
- Economic Case;
- Delivery Case;
- Financial Case;
- Commercial Case.
The programme will deliver significant public realm and connectivity improvements through the delivery of three work packages designed to make the town centre a more attractive and vibrant environment with improved access for pedestrians and cyclists and to support town centre regeneration. The three work packages are:
- Retiro Street, Hunters Lane and Waterloo Street Improvements. This package includes pedestrian crossing and public realm improvements and a new signalised junction incorporating Toucan pedestrian and cycling crossing facilities (please note that the Retiro Street element has already been delivered);
- Henshaw Street / Albion Street Improvements. This package includes improved accessibility around the Market Hall into the retail core incorporating the removal of the old defective hydraulic bollard system and installation of a new system at key entry / exit points including new entry features.
- Southlink Traffic Signal Junction. This package includes the introduction of a 4th arm to the signalised junction at Oldham Way/Prince Street to provide the primary access to the Southlink Development site.
The programme will provide a significant contribution to Oldham Council’s strategic vision for the town centre and the wider borough. It focusses on providing easy and reliable access to existing and proposed retail, employment, education, leisure and residential opportunities within the town centre.
It will also contribute towards the GM2040 Right Mix vision for half of all journeys in Greater Manchester being made by sustainable modes by 2040.
Further details of the proposals are provided in the Executive Summary of the Accessible Oldham Conditional Business Case.
If you wish to comment on the proposals please email email@example.com by 27 January 2021.