The government has released an update to its preferred route for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail route. Properties in Levenshulme should not be directly affected as the route from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly will be in a tunnel.
Friends of Levenshulme Station (FoLS) have organised a petition for better access at Levenshulme station.
The summary is below and you can go to the petition HERE
Levenshulme Train Station Needs Accessibility For All
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against users in respect of disabled access to transport, such as buses and trains.
Currently Levenshulme train station does not meet these requirements at all. Access onto the station and station platforms is not possible for anyone who is disabled or has limited mobility, parents with young children in prams and passengers with bikes.
Friends of Levenshulme Station have made numerous attempts to communicate with Network Rail and Northern Rail to understand the timescale for accessibility improvements to Levenshulme station. We have been assured that it is indeed a priority station, but are no clearer as to what that means for access improvements.
The only offered solution at present is calling Northern Rail customer service 24 hour in advance for a taxi to be booked and paid for, but even this is only offered to passengers with a registered mobility disability.
This is not reasonable and is not in line with 21st century public transport travelling aspirations. The growing population of Levenshulme deserve more!
Let’s persuade Network and Northern Rail to make our train station ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL. Let’s encourage them into the 21st century!
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A single transport card for Manchester is on hold following a complete failure of the Atos company to deliver the system for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
The scheme – similar to the Oyster Card system in London – is being rethought after it became clear Atos was completely incapable of delivering the system. The MEN reports that according to TfGM all costs incurred (£15m) have been refunded by Atos and TfGM will now explore how to get the failed project moving again.
There does not appear to be any comment from Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Mayor, who is responsible for transport across Greater Manchester.
A petition has been set up by Levenshulme resident Sue Millichap to stop the excessive and dangerous speeding on Manor Road.
The petition text says:
“Manor Road is a residential street in Levenshulme, Manchester. The road runs alongside Greenbank Playing Fields – a large open park where children and families play. Manor Road is very long, wide and straight and it connects two main roads together. As such, drivers use it as a ‘rat run’ and incessant speeding has led to a large number of pet fatalities and near misses with children. Some residents have tried to take action by gesturing to drivers to slow down in order to protect our children and pets but have been faced with abuse and threats. We need speed calming measures that actually work. We want speed bumps that span the full width of the road. We have to act now before a child is killed. Enough is enough.
We are aware that there are many roads in Levenshulme that are suffering this issue but residents from all areas of Levenshulme use Greenbank Park.”
You can view and sign the petition HERE
It’s not every day a world record attempt happens in Levenshulme.
A world record attempt at the longest distance conga will set off from Manchester Piccadilly at 11.00 heading for Stockport Train Station, going through Levenshulme past our lovely Market around midday.
Friends of Levenshulme Station are having a visit to Levenshulme Station this Saturday 6th June 2015 at 11:30am (gathering just outside) followed by discussion over coffee nearby.
The visit and chat are to discuss issues of the station, get ideas and feedback.
£2 million funding has been secured to resurface Stockport Road from the Appollo to McVities.
The stretch of Stockport Road running through Levenshulme in particular is in a dire state of repair and has been in desperate need of attention for some time so this is great news.
We understand the project will include new cycle provision and redesign of the road to improve access and usability. Residents’ groups and businesses will be included in consultation about the exact design.
The project is scheduled to start this summer (2015). Further details will be reported when available.