Published: Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Oldham Council is asking local people how they think access into and around the town centre could be made easier.

Accessible Oldham aims to support the council’s regeneration vision by transforming travel in and around the town centre for all modes of transport but with a focus on encouraging environmentally-friendly travel.

The scheme has three key objectives for the town centre: upgraded pedestrian areas and cycling routes, improvements to the road network and enhanced access to support our regeneration vision.  

Potential improvements could vary from better cycling routes and facilities, introducing more pedestrian friendly measures, better access to bus and Metrolink stops and improvements to the highway network.

Oldham town centre is undergoing a long-term regeneration plan, with key projects such as the transformation of the Old Town Hall into a state-of-the-art cinema and restaurant complex, reshaping its offer and appearance.

With other projects ongoing or in the pipeline, it’s crucial that Oldham residents and visitors from other areas find it as easy as possible to get in and out of the town centre.

Funding the Accessible Oldham scheme will come partly from Government funding. £6 million has been allocated to Oldham from Greater Manchester’s latest pot of Growth Deal funding from the Government. 

Oldham Council will also be bidding for funding from the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund; a £160 million initiative to deliver the infrastructure to encourage more people to cycle and walk across the region.

A number of areas of potential improvement have been identified and Oldham Council has today launched a one-month consultation to seek the views of residents. 

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “We have real ambition for our town centre and in a short space of time have made great progress through projects such as the Old Town Hall cinema and the new Oldham Leisure Centre. 

“We’ve got much more in the pipeline with work ongoing to transform the old Oldham Library building into an Arts and Heritage Centre and will be announcing our plans for Prince’s Gate at Mumps soon.

“Key to all of this, and to a thriving town centre, is making sure it’s an easy place to visit and get around. 

“This scheme is so important to everything we’re trying to achieve. We want Oldham town centre to be a nice place to visit, whether you’re travelling by bicycle, Metrolink, bus, car or on foot

“I urge you to take part in the consultation and help us to make travelling into and around Oldham town centre as easy as possible. It could be new cycle lanes, more public space, or a change to the highway network. Tell us what you’d like to see change.”

Visit www.oldham.gov.uk/AccessibleOldham to have your say and give us your views. 

The deadline is Monday 11 March.

We are also hosting a number of drop-ins where you can come and see our plans and give us your views.

From 25 February until 8 March you will be able to pop into the Town Centre Shop, 12 Albion Street – on the outside of Tommyfield Market Hall – and the Rotunda in the Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre. Staff will be there from 12noon until 2pm weekdays.

Details of other events will be advertised via twitter @OldhamCouncil and Facebook @LoveOldham.

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