'Go Slow' protest over lack of cycle lanes planned for Manchester City Centre

A protest has been held by those angry at the lack of cycle lanes in the plans for a huge revamp of Great Ancoats Street in Manchester City Centre.

The £9.1m plan includes 12 new red-chip crossings designed to better link Ancoats with the Northern Quarter and will also see dozens of trees, planted along the central reservation.

Traffic on Great Ancoats Street, Manchester Credit: M.E.N Syndication

However some have accused the of 'pandering' to car drivers and are angry at what they say is a lack of consideration for cyclists and pedestrians.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition against the plans and a rush-hour protest march involving people on bikes and on foot took place through the Northern Quarter.

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The town hall says it is securing funding for two dedicated cycle routes adjacent to Great Ancoats Street as part of a separate project.

But campaigners say cycling should not be pushed down the list of priorities and should be included in the current proposals.