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Salford Rise: ‘phenomenal’ new pedestrian bridge at university given go-ahead

The pedestrian and cycle bridge will be accompanied by new public realm improvements.

A ‘transformative’ multi-million pound project at the University of Salford is set to become a reality.

‘Salford Rise’ has been given the green light by council bosses.

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The plan is to create a new ‘green’ pedestrian and cycle bridge across Frederick Road and Wynne Street, together with new public realm improvements.

The project is expected to generate £200m of commercial development; more than 6,000 additional jobs; and £7.5m in business rates.

View of what Salford Rise could look like. Credit: Salford City Council

The plans would also see:

  • Highway works, including the closure of Wynne Street to vehicular traffic
  • The removal of bollards on the corner of Lissadel Street and Strawberry Hill, the creation of a new access off Broughton Road East
  • The demolition of buildings on Wynne Street, Winders Way and Salbec House

‘Phenomenal project’

Counr John Warmisham told the town hall’s planning panel: “When first I saw this project I was very sceptical and thought here we go again, the uni putting up a vanity project and wasn’t supportive. I took a step back and had a number of conversations with the university and people in the area – I have to say my mind was changed.

“It is absolutely phenomenal what is happening here. I think it is certainly something that will enhance that area, particularly for the local residents.

“I cannot speak highly enough of it. There are crime issues in that area which is something we can keep our eye on.”

Coun Warmisham went on to compare the project to that of the transformation of the derelict elevated railway in New York into a green space. He hopes that it will be equally successful. 

Coun Mike McCusker said: “I think it is going to be transformative for the area. It will make a huge difference to people’s first impression of Salford when they come in.

“When I look at the masterplan, the radical change and the wow factor it will bring when people come into that transport hub. This is going to play a major part.”

The key objectives to this masterplan are:

  • Removal of east-west barrier (Frederick Road): pedestrian and cycle connectivity within the area will be enhanced, which allows greater movement in a north-south direction, opening up Innovation Zone North and driving further footfall.
  • Creation of a safe pedestrian zone: the Salford Steps and Salford Rise will create a safe and accessible zone for pedestrians and cyclists using a shared space surface over the road connecting into city-wide cycling and walking infrastructure. Frederick Road will continue to operate as existing without traffic flows being significantly impacted.
  • Connecting Innovation North: use of the Salford Rise to link Innovation North (and the existing communities beyond) to Peel Park and main University Campus.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle connectivity: facilitated through revised urban grain, with all routes leading north-south through the masterplan area.