Massive Investment in local roads proposed

The £100m investment could transform local roads
The £100m investment could transform local roads

Local Liberal Democrats are proposing a capital investment scheme of over £100 million in a once-in-a-generation programme that will see hundreds of roads and pavements properly relaid.

The proposal, which will be voted on as part of the Stockport Council budget in February, will see hundreds of roads and pavements resurfaced across Stockport.

This will be the biggest programme of road repair and renewal ever seen in this borough.

“This scale of investment is not something to take lightly,” said Executive councillor Iain Roberts. “Lib Dems have been working on this for over a year. Every single road in Stockport has been checked more comprehensively than ever before, to ensure we have the data to be able to make the right decisions and spend this money wisely.”

“Because of all the preparation and investigation we’ve done, we know that the cost of that borrowing will be similar to what we’d have to pay to continue our programme of patching roads and pavements to maintain them at their current standard.”

If the Lib Dems can get this proposal through the Council, the road and pavement repairs will be completed over the next few years.

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One way for Canterbury?

The Lib Dem Focus team at Canterbury Road
The Lib Dem Focus team at Canterbury Road

Some of the residents of Canterbury Road are concerned about commuters using their road as a cut-through when Hall Street is busy in the rush-hour.

They ‘ve suggested a one-way system be introduced and the FOCUS team is now writing to all residents to see if this idea is popular.

If there is wide support, traffic engineers will be asked to draw up a scheme for formal consultations.

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Update on A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road

A second phase of consultation for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will be open from This week to allow residents, businesses and road users to give their views on the emerging preferred scheme.

From Monday a four page leaflet will be delivered to 85,000 homes throughout areas of Stockport, Cheshire East and Manchester, to give an overview of the scheme and explain how residents, businesses and road users can find out more and comment on the proposals.

Semms Map StockportFurther information on the consultation will also be made available on the SEMMMS website www.semmms.info. The website will also include an online version of the questionnaire.

The second phase of consultation will run until 19 July.

The first phase of the consultation looked at various options for junctions and asked people whether they were in favour of the road.

This second phase consults on the proposed route, drawn up from the earlier responses. It also gives people a chance to feed back their views fully, now the environmental studies and other information has been published on the Semmms website.

The proposed road will join up the A6 at the southern end of Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport, and will include a separated cycle path along the whole route.

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Relief Road Update

A Stockport Council survey has shown that 70% of local residents are in favour of building the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road.

Working with Cheshire East and Manchester, Stockport Council sent out over 85,000 consultation surveys on the various options for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road. In addition, the consultation was widely advertised and available online through the website and social media.

The three local authorities will vote on the preferred route being drawn up following the consultation, with a further consultation being held on the preferred route.

The current target is to complete the road in 2017.

The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will take traffic off our local roads and generate up to 5,000 new jobs, making an important contribution to Stockport’s economic growth.

The survey responses show approximately 70% in favour of the road, 10% against and 20% having no view.

HGC Kennerley Road Stockport

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Ann to HGVs: Respect Stockport’s Roads

Lib Dem Councillor Ann Smith has started a petition against HGVs abusing local road limits.

Unlike Labour’s Councillors for the Davenport and Cale Green area, Ann lives right in the heart of the ward.  She sees first hand the disruption megalorries cause on local roads.

That is why Ann fought for HGV limits and is now fighting so that they are enforced, just as residents were promised.

Residents wanting to sign her petition and help support Ann’s campaign can do so by e-mailing hgvpetition@stockportlibdems.org.uk.

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