Double yellow lines were finally installed in a busy street near a school – despite fierce reactions from neighboring businesses who tried to block the road.
North Street near Manchester Fort shopping park has now been fitted with traffic calming measures, including double yellow lines and bollards, in a bid to improve road safety near Eden School on Rayburn Way .
The measures were part of a legal agreement reached when permission was given for the construction of the new faith-based school, with several nearby roads proposed for works to improve the safety of schoolchildren.
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However, the plans have been the subject of heated debate over the past three years following a backlash from local businesses.
The controversy appeared to be over when the proposals were officially confirmed and were due for release this week, but when the contractors showed up to go to work they found the road blocked by vehicles from nearby businesses.
A truck was parked in the center of the street, completely blocking the road.
Witnesses also reported that some of the bollards installed on Tuesday were removed from the ground Wednesday morning.
the Manchester Evening News understands that Greater Manchester Police were contacted ahead of the planned works to ensure the contractors were able to carry out the work undisturbed.
GMP declined to comment on the matter.
On Wednesday, passers-by reported seeing some of the offending vehicles being placed on the back of low-bed trailers to allow contractors access to the road.
After they were removed, Manchester City Council, which facilitated the work, confirmed that all traffic calming measures planned for the area could be installed.
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: “During the development of Eden Boys and Eden Girls Leadership Academy, an agreement was reached with council to improve road safety in adjacent streets.
“Planned work to install security bollards and double yellow lines in North Street, Rayburn Way and at the Cheetham Hill Road junction was due to continue on Tuesday 26 October.
“There have been circumstances in the past which prevented the contractors from completing this work on behalf of the Star Academy Trust, but the board remains committed to supporting the Academy’s ambition to improve road safety for students.”
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