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 a package of Complementary Measures is currently being developed for Hazel Grove. Stockport Council is consulting on these proposals from 14th November to 5th December 2017.

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.

Stockport Council has developed and consulted on 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).

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

Complementary Measures – Hazel Grove

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 Hazel Grove. These reductions in traffic provide an opportunity to introduce Complementary Measures to encourage walking and cycling and support district and local centres.

From 14th November to 5th December 2017 Stockport Council is consulting with affected parties on the draft package of complementary measures that have been developed for Hazel Grove.

The overview plan provides a summary of the package of measures. As shown by the detailed plans, the following measures are proposed:

1 – Davenport Road – Green Lane: Formalise cycle track status and review signing

2 – Commercial Road: Provide zebra crossing

3 – Grove Street: Provide contraflow cycle route

4 – Vine Street: Provide contraflow cycle route

5 – Chester Road / Grundy Street: Junction review

6 – Newby Road: Provide street lighting

7 – Rutters Lane – Newby Road: New off-carriageway cycle/pedestrian route link

8 – Station Street – Lowick Close: Widen path and convert to bridleway

9 – Allotment path: Formalise cycle track status (existing route)

10 – Chester Road: extend 20mph limit south of railway and narrowing of carriageway to reduce traffic speeds

11 – Brook Street: Improve cycle facilities at signalised junction

12 – Torkington Park: Widen footpath to accommodate shared cycle/footpath

13 – Torkington Park: Provide lighting to footpath

14 – Torkington Road / Offerton Road: Junction review, proposed mini-r’bout

15 – Melford Road: Footway construction and provision of bollards and barriers

16 – Racecourse Estate: Provide wayfinding cycle signs

17 – Mill Lane: Introduce A-frame barrier to allow through route for cyclists but preventing motorcyclists

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 Hazel Grove Library, Beech Avenue, SK7 4QP, 4-7pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Alternatively, 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 5th December 2017.

Your feedback on the proposed package of measures will be valued and appreciated and we welcome your involvement in the process. Comments received will be considered prior to further development of the proposals and these comments, plus any revisions to the proposals, will be reported to Area Committee and approved by Cabinet Member.

Due to the volume of comments expected we will be unable to provide a detailed response to every individual query/request, therefore please contact your Ward Councillors if you have a specific issue that requires a response.

The Complementary Measures selected for progression are expected to be implemented following the opening of the A6MARR, which is anticipated to be spring 2018.