Plans for an eye-catching £5m bridge that would make travelling between Ashton and the borough easier for cyclists and pedestrians have been unveiled – and now we want your input.

The proposed 140m long structure would run across the Medlock Valley in Park Bridge - on the Oldham/Ashton boundary.

It would provide a spectacular new southern access point to the Northern Roots site – the UKs’ largest urban farm and country park - and better connect Oldham with the rest of Greater Manchester.

Initial funding for the design stage was funded through the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Bee Network, a programme that is designed to revolutionise travel across the city-region by encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and use specifically designed safer routes.

From an initial five designs a preferred option has now been chosen – a steel girder bridge that will weather in time for an industrial look that is fitting with the area.

You can still comment on the discounted alternative designs before a final choice is put forward for the planning stage.

We are holding consultation drop-in sessions and an exhibition so you can find out more about the plans and ask us any questions you may have:

  • Spindles Shopping Centre (on the lower mall near Next / JD Sports / Mobiles4U) daily from December 6 to 10 at 12pm until 2pm.
  • Two drop-in sessions at Fitton Hill Library, Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre, Fircroft Road, OL8 2QD on 15 December 4pm – 7pm and 18 December 10am – 12.30pm.

Take part in our online survey

To have your say on these proposals, please take part in our online survey below

Online survey

The proposed bridge – more than 30m above the ground at its highest point – would be designed with cyclists in mind with features such as surfaces to make riding smoother.

The completed project would also include landscaping work in keeping with the area.

The scheme would also hopefully cut the number of daily car journeys on nearby roads. Currently, there are some 22,500 daily car trips on the A627 and 16,900 of the B6194.

Oldham Council has been working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Tameside Council on the plan. Further funding from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Bee Network fund would be needed to build the bridge.

If everything goes to plan it is expected the bridge could open in summer 2023

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