Mitigation and Complementary Measures

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will generally reduce traffic flow and congestion on local roads in the surrounding areas, however it is recognised that some roads will see an increase in traffic. A package of measures is being proposed to manage these changes to traffic flows.

Where there are predicted to be reductions in traffic flow, Complementary Measures will include schemes to lock in these changes, encourage walking and cycling and support district and local centres.

Mitigation Measures will seek to address the impact of the scheme on local communities where there are predicted to be increases in traffic flow and junction delay, but may also encourage the use of alternative forms of transport including schemes to encourage walking and cycling, and schemes to support local centres.

Measures will be site specific, route or centre based and could include:

  • The provision of new cycleways and footpaths to link the existing network to the new, segregated cycleway forming part of the core scheme;
  • Enhancement of existing networks for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders;
  • Priority schemes for public transport;
  • Public realm improvements;
  • Traffic management proposals, such as traffic calming on residential routes; and
  • Junction remodelling to optimise the operational capability of existing junctions, where required.

Based on the latest traffic modelling information, a number of areas have been identified for Complementary and Mitigation Measures.

The proposed Complementary and Mitigation Measures form part of Transport Assessment for the scheme that was submitted as part of the planning application. For details of how to access the planning application, please visit the A6MARR website.

Stockport, Cheshire East and Manchester City councils are developing the complementary and mitigation measures in their area and will be consulting local communities on the proposals.

Complementary and Mitigation Measures – Stockport Council

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will reduce congestion on many local roads, however the Transport Assessment within the planning application identified some areas that are predicted to see increases in traffic. Where this is predicted, mitigation measures will be introduced that will seek to manage the impact on local communities.

As part of this work and detailed below, Stockport Council is developing a package of measures for:

  • the High Lane area and the A6 corridor between High Lane and Hazel Grove; and
  • Gillbent Road, Cheadle Hulme.

From Friday 1st July – Friday 29th July 2016 consulted with affected parties on the proposed mitigation measures.

If you have any questions about the proposals please contact us via email at semmms.relief.road@stockport.gov.uk or phone on 0161 474 2299.

We are currently in the process of analysing the comments received regarding the proposals will be considered in developing the final schemes.  These will be the subject of reports to Members, and Area Committees will make recommendations on the final schemes. Traffic mitigation measures will be implemented before the A6MARR is open, which is expected to be in late 2017.

Please note this consultation only related to works within Stockport Borough. Separate scheme development will be undertaken by Cheshire East and Derbyshire Councils for works within their administrative areas.

Stockport Council will ensure that the local community is kept updated as the mitigation measures are developed.

Background to the Traffic Mitigation Measures

The introduction of the A6MARR will result in changes to traffic flows in and around the south east Greater Manchester area, with some traffic that currently uses local roads transferring onto the new road.

Traffic modelling of the scheme proposals has been undertaken to predict changes in daily traffic flows on an average day in 2017 (scheme opening year), as detailed within the Transport Assessment which was submitted as part of the planning application for the scheme.

The Transport Assessment also recommends a series of mitigation measures to manage the increase in traffic and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, which have been considered in the development of the package of mitigation measures proposed.

To view the Transport Assessment and other documentation submitted as part of the planning application please visit the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road Planning Applications website.

Traffic Mitigation Measures – High Lane

Stockport Council undertook two phases of consultation in 2015 to inform the development of traffic mitigation measures in High Lane.

A first stage of consultation (29th June – 31st July 2015) asked for feedback from local residents and stakeholders to understand existing issues and concerns in relation to the predicted, potential increase in traffic as a result of the Relief Road. Full details of the Stage 1 Consultation are provided in the Consultation Report.

A second stage of consultation (16th November – 14th December 2015) asked for feedback on the package of possible measures subsequently developed. Full details of the Stage 2 Consultation are provided in the Consultation Report and Appendices.

The proposals for High Lane have now been developed giving consideration to the comments received during the consultation, relevant design standards and the feasibility of suggested alternatives.

The proposals are detailed below, and were subject to further consultation between Friday 1st July and Friday 29th July 2016:

Windlehurst Road (shown by Plan 1 (south of the canal bridge) and Plan 2 (north of the canal bridge):

  • speed management by way of speed/junction tables augmented by speed cushions; and
  • upgrading of the traffic/pedestrian refuge islands.

Threaphurst Lane, Torkington Road and Torkington Lane:

  • Quiet Lane, gateway and 30mph speed limit signage;
  • carriageway width restrictions/build-outs;
  • a 40mph speed limit on the currently derestricted Torkington Road between the end of the existing 30mph limit at Torkington Manor and the location of the proposed gateway feature on Torkington Road; and
  • a 30mph speed limit for the remainder of Torkington Road, Torkington Lane and Threaphurst Lane.

A6 Pedestrian Crossing:

  • new traffic light controlled (Puffin) pedestrian crossing on the A6 near to the war memorial.

We are still in the process of developing improvement proposals for the A6 / Windlehurst Road junction and possible A6 footway widening proposals, and will undertake a local consultation with relevant parties in due course.

Zonal 20mph speed limit and 7.5tonne vehicle weight restriction proposals have been consulted on separately and are being progressed. We are not seeking feedback on the 20mph limit or 7.5tonne restriction proposals as part of this latest phase of consultation.

Traffic Mitigation Measures – Gillbent Road, Cheadle Hulme

Stockport Council undertook consultation earlier this year to inform the development of traffic mitigation measures that will seek to manage the impact of the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) on local communities.

Following feedback from local residents, we have developed an additional measure consisting of a toucan (cycle/pedestrian) crossing across Grove Lane, east of Gillbent Road, Cheadle Hulme. This would provide a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists across Grove Lane to South Park and Hulme Hall playing fields, together with an improved facility for cyclists between Grove Lane and Gillbent Road.

To accommodate the crossing it will be necessary to move the bus stop to a location west of Willow Bank, which would be subject to the agreement of Transport for Greater Manchester. View the drawing (PDF 262Kb) which shows the proposed crossing and relocated bus stop.

From Friday 23rd December 2016 to Friday 20th January 2017 Stockport Council is consulting with residents adjacent to the proposed crossing and key stakeholders.

During this time, we would welcome any comments you may have on the proposal. Comments can be provided by email to us at semmms.relief.road@stockport.gov.uk.

All comments must be received by Friday 20th January 2017.

Comments received will be considered as Stockport Council develops the proposals prior to implementation as part of the statutory approval process.

July 2016 Consultation

From Friday 1st July – Friday 29th July 2016 Stockport Council consulted with affected parties on the proposed mitigation measures. If you have any questions about the proposals please contact us via email semmms.relief.road@stockport.gov.uk or phone on 0161 474 2299.

We are currently in the process of analysing the comments received regarding the proposals, which will be considered in developing the final schemes. These will be the subject of reports to Members, and Area Committees will make recommendations of the final schemes. Traffic mitigation measures will be implemented before the A6MARR is open, which is expected to be in late 2017.