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UPDATE see also #102221? and #102220 + tweet Comment has appeared It's the comment covering the dis of 'Dismantled Railway' next to Sherwood Street
There is a tunnel under here which if reopened would solve lots of the problems here. I have added a comment on the which should appear on the map in the next few days . Other comments show that not many people know about this tunnel
I understand the tunnel has been filled in with a solid foam, I believe, to stop people sleeping there.

I also understand the tunnel was given the thumbs down by the civilian dept to Manchester Police that comments on architectural issues.
There is a ‘dog leg’ in the way the path was routed under Wilmslow Road that they said created a blind spot in which undesirables could hide in and accost cyclists.

Lobbyists for the Loop tried approaching Sainsbury’s to ask if they would consider providing lighting, CCTV, maybe even locking it at night - all things are negotiable - but at that time, ~2001, these ideas would not register. The cycling scene has changed in 20 to 30 years.

There is in fact some provision built in. If you go down the ramp by the side of Sainsbury’s there’s a curious break in the island in the middle of the road, and if you look back and lift yourself to look over the brick wall you can see where the cycle track was intended to emerge from under the other side of Wilmslow Road. If you are travelling there with any people crossing that section please make a slight detour to show them - to keep the idea alive, at least.

I understand the issue was raised at Cycle Forums, time after time. At one, the councillor (who was supportive but knew the reality) ruled that it would not be discussed again.

Interestingly a new councillor, who later became Mayor, (got deselected in May), got in touch when he discovered the tunnel. He ran into the brick wall.

Another idea is to route the FLoop around the far side of the Carpark at Sainsbury’s, avoiding conflict with the cars coming and going.

As the years rolled by, some of us think that the Fallowfield Loop was the one thing that pump primed a local sea change in the cycle culture - of the council. The original leaflets that got done called it the Fallowfield Loop, and the subsequent editions rechristened the leaflet as ‘The Manchester Cycleway’. Thanks to council engineers who are still around. Things like decent parking stands started appearing in a few places. It all coincided with the National Cycle Strategy and support from a new breed of councillors and town hall staff.

If it was happening now, I’m sure Sainsbury’s would have had to made a top notch tunnel, in consultation with users, before they got planning permission, from the more cycling conscious council that exists now.
The present junction is a dog’s breakfast, a headache for all the engineers who are tasked with creating a junction at the busy Wilmslow Road level.

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