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  from Friday 19th January to Friday 9th  February 2018 Stockport Council is consulting onproposals to provide an on carriageway cycle lane on the A6 Buxton Road (High Lane) between Wellington Road to the west and the Borough Boundary to the east.

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);
  • Bramhall Centre (Complementary);and
  • Hazel Grove (Complementary).

If you have any questions about any of the proposals please contact us via email at or phone on 0161 474 2299.

A6 Buxton Road (High Lane) – On carriageway cycle lane

Stockport Council undertook a public consultation in 2016 regarding a package of measures that were developed to manage the impact of the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) on local communities.

One proposed measure was the provision of a two way shared use footway/cycleway on the A6 Buxton Road between Wellington Road and the Middlewood Way. Feedback was received which highlighted that, as equestrians would not be permitted to use the shared footway/cycleway, they would be put at an increased risk of collisions should they travel within the carriageway adjacent to the shared footway/cycleway as the carriageway had been narrowed in this location. The measure was therefore not approved and alternative measures to provide cycle facilities on the A6 have since been investigated.

We have now developed a proposal which includes the provision of an on carriageway cycle lane between Wellington Road to the west and the Borough Boundary to the east. This is detailed in these plans, (PDF932Kb).

From Friday 19th January to Friday 23rd February 2018 Stockport Council is consulting with residents adjacent to the proposed cycle lanes and key stakeholders to seek feedback on the proposals.

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 sessions at High Lane Village Hall, Windlehurst Road, High Lane, Stockport, SK6 8AB, 4-7pm on Tuesday 30th January 2018 and Tuesday 20th February 2018.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about the proposals or to provide your comments please contact the team via email at or phone on 0161 474 2299.

The closing date for responses is Friday 23rd February 2018.

Your feedback on the A6MARR traffic mitigation measures will continue to be valued and appreciated, and we welcome your continued 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 the Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities.  Details of the Council committees can be found on the Stockport Council website or by calling 0161 474 2299.

Due to the volume of comments expected we will be unable to provide a detailed response to every individual query/request but will deal with them through the scheme development and reporting process. Please note that the reporting of the consultation will not identify any individuals. If you have a Highway issue to which you want a specific response then please contact your Ward Councillors.