Withington Road First Steps


500 Fares a Day is the report of the Withington Road Bus Survey and presents the business case for a bus service on Withington Road.

You can read it here http://withingtonroad.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/500-fares-a-day.pdf







new bus route
Here is the route of the proposed 85A which we are aiming to get Stagecoach to trial. This is not a replacement for the 16 bus which has now stopped running. We are hoping for a half hour service that will:

Make it easier to get to Withington Road shops including St Margaret’s School, the medical centre, laundrette, dentists, Mosque and the fabulous Med Cafe.

Mean you can catch a bus from Withington Road to Chorlton, Hulme Asda, Oxford Road and the city centre.


The traders will benefit through increased business and their staff can get to/from work more easily.

It will be easier to nip in for last minute shopping on the way home.

Increased passive surveillance by passengers queuing and travelling on the bus will mean a safer shopping environment.

Stagecoach are interested in the idea. They are supporting improvements to Withington Road and have donated £500. Plus, the bus stops are already there so no serious investment needed. But, they do need see that there is a demand.

If frequent buses along Withington Road would make your life easier then please complete this very quick survey so we can put a strong business case to Stagecoach and make it happen!


Volunteer needed:
Withington Road ShopWatch will be getting going during July for a 6 month trial. This will bring together traders/businesses, the police and local residents groups to make Withington Road shops and the surrounding area safer. We are looking for a volunteer to be the scheme coordinator.This will not be an onerous task, as the frequency of incidents is fairly low. It will be the first time our local shops have worked together in a common interest.

Ideally you will live locally, be a regular visitor to the shopping area and interested in getting this scheme up and running.

We’ll be using the Littoralis DISC system as used in the city centre. Littoralis are waiving their usual set up fee as they are keen to test out their system in a smaller shopping environment like ours and we have agreed they can use our experience as a case study..

The Withington Road Survey results pull no punches.

They demonstrate both a need and a desire for change. 239 people responded…
…over half volunteered to help deliver improvements!

There are over 1200 comments, gripes, suggestions and ideas. The results clearly identify what needs tackling and how they should be improved.

Read the results on the website: Survey



Tell us what you think about Withington Road Shops and you could win a prize
Take the survey at www.withingtonroad.org/survey
Withington Road First Steps is bringing together shoppers, traders, local residents and the council.
Our goal: – To make our local shopping area…
“a safe, attractive and thriving high street where people want to shop, work, live, access services, trade and come together.’
You could win a meal for 2, a car valet or shopping vouchers…
So far around 150 people have given their thoughts and ideas. Everyone was impressed with the model made by Class 3J of St Mary’s Primary School.
Many people wanted to see better use of the wider pavement areas, with good quality and attractive seating and planting mentioned a lot. Removing street clutter (redundant signposts etc.) and taking care of existing planted areas would help.
By far the most expressed wish for shopping was for a decent bakery. Opticians, traditional fish and chips, independent greengrocers and a butchers were also in demand. The idea of regular street markets was popular with farmers, crafts and street food markets suggested.
A lot of people miss the No. 16 bus and a popular suggestion was to divert some No 85’s to become 85A’s.
There was lots of support for the Save Nello James campaign, matched by complaints about the state of the building and grounds.
There was a lot of concern about the difficulty of crossing the road at the northern end (towards Tescos)of the shopping area. Parking on the pavements, and on double yellow lines was a cause of annoyance. The pavement between Nello James Centre and May Road needs resurfacing and the hedge cutting back.
Better street cleaning, including along the side roads, and overflowing bins was a concern for many. The fly tipping hotspots were also identified a lot. There were also complaints about the back alley which exits on to May Road, the 2 short ginnels on the main shopping parade and Tesco’s waste facilities.
Anti-social behaviour, the drinking area and begging caused concern for some, and 2 people mentioned prostitution around Carlton Road.
Tell us what you think at www.withingtonroad.org/survey

jess nello first steps

Meeting: Tuesday 25th August

While it was the Whalley Rangers who applied for the First Steps Funding, it was the concerns and observations of local residents that resulted in our proposal being successful…

Withington Road First Steps is about getting residents, traders and shoppers talking about the Withington Road Shopping Area. Its about finding out what we like and hate, about our ideas and aspirations, and developing a shared vision for what this local centre could be.

Get involve in Withington Road Project

Start any discussion about Withington Road and invariably opinions are divided. Many dislike the area to the extent they will not use it. People often complain about street cleanliness, anti-social behaviour, business practises, the impact on local residential areas. This is the first time everyone will be asked to give their views with the aim of making Withington Road somewhere everyone feels welcome.

  • Business owners and traders will be asked about what affects them and their ideas for a better trading environment
  • Pupils from St. Mary’s Primary School have made a model of the street which you can use to flag the issues you think are important. Your ideas for making things better can also be identified and shared
  • And an online survey will collect the views from as many local residents, shop workers and shoppers as possible
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 Visit the website at for more information: http://withingtonroad.org/

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