As part of the ambitious programme of investment and improvements underway by Stockport Council, a major plan to transform the access and transportation in and around the town centre sees an investment of £73m over the next five years.
The Town Centre Access Plan, aims to ease congestion and transform accessibility and connectivity, to and around Stockport town centre and is part of the Council`s £900m Investing in Stockport, Investing in Growth programme.
Councillor Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Places, said: “This package of improvements, which considers access by all modes of travel, is part of the vision by the Council to improve the town centre and make it easier for people to travel in and around the town. The plan specifically aims to ease congestion for buses and general road traffic, and give better access for pedestrians and cyclists too. The plan is funded by DFT via GMCA as part of the Growth deal and we are also working in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, to transform travel routes in and around Stockport, making a real difference to people`s lives, in the area.”
The first phase of works is underway, including the introduction of a new retaining wall on the A6 Wellington Road North, enabling the introduction of a new right turn off the A6 Wellington Road North into Leyland Street. The widening works will also require the bus waiting facility at this location to be repositioned.
There will also be permanent changes to Heaton Lane car park with the access to the car park moved from Heaton Lane to Great Egerton Street, making it easier to access for people who used the Bridgefield Street car park. Signage will be in place to give directions.
The plans include Highway improvements to the east of the town centre along St Mary’s Way, Hempshaw Lane and Higher Hillgate, including highway widening at key points and Targeted transport corridor improvements to the west of the town centre along King Street West, Booth Street and Greek Street;
There will be A6 corridor enhancements between George’s Road and Bramhall Lane and Improved access to Stockport rail and bus stations and key potential development sites including; Stockport Exchange, Redrock and Gorsey Bank, as well as improvements to Chestergate and Hillgate/ Shawcross Street, New and improved pedestrian and cycle routes and an Upgraded town centre signing strategy.
An interactive map showing diversion routes required as part of the Stockport Town Centre Access Plan works can be found at www.stockport.gov.uk/tcapdiversionmap.