Manchester City and Co-op Live have announced the submission of a planning application to Manchester City Council for the regeneration of a walking route between city centre neighbourhoods and the Etihad Campus.

The plans, which are subject to approval, would see a ‘significant upgrade’ to the existing ‘CityLink’ walking route that was originally built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games between Holt Town tram stop and the Etihad Campus.

Interactive lighting installations, busking spots for performances by local talent and pop-up food and drink stalls are all part of the proposal, which seeks to create a vibrant pre-event experience.

Stewards from Co-op Live and the Club will staff the route both before and after events, and it will also be covered by enhanced CCTV.

An extensive clean-up of the walkway has already been begun with initial trimming of overgrown trees and shrubs completed, alongside improvements to directional signage. This is part of Manchester City’s and Co-op Live’s existing commitments to the wider regeneration of the local neighbourhood,

If approved, initial creative visuals, together with artwork commissioned by Co-op Live from local artists, will be installed ahead of Co-op Live’s opening in April, with further football and music design themes to be phased in over time.

Commenting on the plans to develop the walking route, Danny Wilson, Managing Director – Manchester City Operations, said: “Ensuring that our fans and visitors have more options for sustainable travel to and from the Etihad Campus is incredibly important as we continue to introduce new entertainment experiences to our site, and welcome more people to a growing year-round destination.

“At the same time, in line with our ongoing and long-term commitments to the development and regeneration of our local area, we know that the upgraded ‘CityLink’ will benefit members of our local community who will now have a cleaner, brighter and safer walking route to use day in and day out.”

Gary Roden, Executive Director and General Manager, Co-op Live, said: “We are transforming the fan experience of live entertainment one step at a time.

“By investing in the regeneration of the walking route, we are providing a safe, and eco-friendly alternative to car travel and giving the local community a revitalised outdoor space that they can use all year round.

“This is everything we are about, and I am delighted this part of our vision is now becoming a reality.”

Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 15 Feb 2024