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!
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
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.
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
Visit the website at for more information: http://withingtonroad.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/withingtonroad