Mitigation and Complementary Measures

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) 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 measures in their area and will be consulting local communities on the proposals.

Complementary and Mitigation Measures – Stockport Council

As detailed below, Stockport Council is in the process of developing a package of measures for:

  • the High Lane area and the A6 corridor between High Lane and Hazel Grove (Mitigation);
  • Gillbent Road, Cheadle Hulme (Mitigation);
  • Finney Lane, Heald Green (Complementary); and
  • Bramhall Centre (Complementary).

From Monday 26 June to Friday 21 July 2017 Stockport Council is consulting with affected parties on the proposed Complementary Measures for Finney Lane, Heald Green and Bramhall Centre.

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.

The introduction of the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (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 A6MARR_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.

Mitigation measure proposals for High Lane were developed giving consideration to the comments received, relevant design standards and the feasibility of suggested alternatives. The developed proposals identified below were subject to further, localised consultation detailed in the combined Consultation Report.

Area Committees make recommendations on the final schemes. Traffic mitigation measures will be implemented before the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) is open, which is expected to be in late 2017.

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

Windlehurst Road

  • 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.
    Andrew Lane
  • speed management by way of speed cushions to support the extenstion of the 20mph speed limit along the full length of Andrew Lane.

A6 Footway

  • footway widening on the northern side of the A6 Buxton Road between Wellington Road and Middlewood Way to provide a shared use 2-way cycleway / footway.

A6 / Windlehurst Road Junction

  • improvements for pedestrians and to allow for all approaches of the junction to operate more efficiently.

Zonal 20mph speed limit and 7.5tonne vehicle weight restriction proposals have been consulted on separately and are being progressed.

Traffic Mitigation Measures – Gillbent Road, Cheadle Hulme

Stockport Council undertook consultation in 2016 to inform the development of traffic mitigation measures on Gillbent Road. Full details are provided in the Consultation Report  and Appendices.

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. The proposals are shown by the plan available online .

Stockport Council consulted with residents adjacent to the proposed crossing and key stakeholders between December 2016 and January 2017.

If you have any questions about the Gillbent Road and/or Grove Lane schemes please contact us via email at semmms.relief.road@stockport.gov.uk or phone on 0161 474 2299.

Complementary Measures – Finney Lane, Heald Green

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) is expected to reduce traffic flow and congestion on some local roads in the surrounding areas, including Finney Lane. These reductions in traffic provide an opportunity to introduce Complementary Measures to encourage walking and cycling and support district and local centres. The Council has developed a package of measures for Finney Lane.

From Monday 26 June to Friday 21 July 2017 Stockport Council is consulting with affected parties on the proposals.

As shown by the plan (464Kb), it is proposed that:

  • District Centre gateway feature lighting and signage are provided and the historical fingerpost sign adjacent to Outwood Road is relocated;
  • Pedestrian improvements are introduced including the installation of ramped crossing points (Finney Lane service road) and the upgrading of refuge islands (Queensway and Outwood Road);
  • The public realm is improved with new footway paving outside the shops and the location of bollards, planters and bike stands reviewed; and
  • The service road in front of the Co-op becomes a designated loading bay, with bike stands fitted in front of the store.

To find out more about the proposals, discuss them with the Stockport Council team and provide your comments we invite you to attend our drop-in session at Heald Green Library, Tuesday 4 July 2017, 3-7pm.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about the proposals and/or to provide your comments please contact us via email at semmms.relief.road@stockport.gov.uk or phone on 0161 474 2299.

The closing date for responses is Friday 21 July 2017.

Your feedback on the proposed package of measures for Finney Lane will be valued and appreciated, and we welcome your involvement in the process. Comments received will be considered prior to implementation as part of the statutory approval process.

The Complementary Measures are expected to be implemented in 2018 following the opening of the A6MARR, anticipated to be late 2017.

Complementary Measures – Bramhall Centre

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) is expected to reduce traffic flow and congestion on some local roads in the surrounding areas, including through Bramhall Centre. These reductions in traffic provide an opportunity to introduce Complementary Measures to encourage walking and cycling and support district and local centres.

The Council has developed a package of measures for Bramhall Centre.

From Monday 26 June to Friday 21 July 2017 Stockport Council is consulting with affected parties on the proposals.

As shown by the plans available Bramhall Centre Public Realm (PDF 372Kb) Bramhall Centre Signing Imps (PDF 441Kb) and Bramhall Centre TRO Review (PDF 374Kb), it is proposed that:

  • public realm improvements be provided including upgraded pedestrian refuge islands, bus stops and street lighting, footway widening on the west side of Woodford Road (in front of the Sorting Office), new paving at various locations and bollards to prevent footway encroachment by vehicles on Moss Lane;
  • the signage be reviewed, rationalised and updated; and
  • the waiting and loading restrictions be reviewed to simplify the existing restrictions and maximise the opportunity to park whilst avoiding increased congestion. Any subsequently proposed changes would be formally advertised at a later date.

To find out more about the proposals, discuss them with the Stockport Council team and provide your comments we invite you to attend our drop-in session at Bramhall Library, Thursday 6th July 2017, 4-6.30pm.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about the proposals and/or to provide your comments please contact us via email at semmms.relief.road@stockport.gov.uk or phone on 0161 474 2299.

The closing date for responses is Friday 21 July 2017.

Your feedback on the proposed package of measures for Bramhall Centre will be valued and appreciated, and we welcome your involvement in the process. Comments received will be considered prior to implementation as part of the statutory approval process.

The Complementary Measures are expected to be implemented in 2018 following the opening of the A6MARR, anticipated to be late 2017.