A NEW zebra crossing used to launch the region’s cycling and walking network more than 18 months ago has now been painted over.

Proposals for Greater Manchester’s Bee Network, an ongoing phased infrastructure project, were revealed at a media event which took place outside Salford Trinity Church in June 2018.

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham, Salford mayor Paul Dennett and Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner Chris Boardman pointed to the newly-installed crossing in Bury Street as an example of what the network would look like.

But now Mr Boardman, a former race cyclist who won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, says the installation had always been intended to be temporary.

He said: “As part of the launch of the Bee Network, Greater Manchester’s vision for an integrated cycling and walking network, a side-road zebra crossing was installed by Salford Council.

“It was installed to demonstrate how crossings like this, one of the key features of the Bee Network vision, would work in practice and the difference they would make to daily journeys on foot or by bike.

“This crossing was always intended to be temporary, to show how a common European approach could easily work in the UK.

“We are committed to taking steps to make this type of crossing become a reality across Greater Manchester and, eventually, all of the UK.”

The Bee Network would provide 1,800 miles of protected space for cycling and walking throughout Greater Manchester.

Seventeen neighbourhoods will also see pedestrians given priority over vehicles, in a Dutch-style scheme.