Government approves £33.6million funding for A34 corridor improvements through Stockport

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in Greater Manchester and Stockport will benefit from improved connectivity thanks to a multi-million-pound package of critical improvements to the A34 corridor in Cheadle and Handforth.

Last year, the Government announced it would invest £33.6 million in the A34 Corridor Improvement Scheme to ease congestion and enhance walking and cycling accessibility along the corridor.

And now, the council can announce its final business case has been approved by the Government so work can start as soon as possible.

The improvements will generate £76.8 million in direct economic benefits while boosting transport links to Manchester Airport.

The project will create new opportunities for clean, active travel for our residents and businesses since it includes the construction of a segregated pedestrian and cycle route running along the A34 corridor.

These improvements will also improve access to the Cheadle Royal Business Park, the Stanley Green business area and include a new pedestrian subway for pupils and staff at Kingsway School.

In total, the proposed scheme consists of a package of improvements, which will improve capacity at key locations across the A34 corridor.

The council will also try to minimise the amount of carbon used during the construction process and improve biodiversity by planting new trees and improving habitats along the route.

Cllr Mark Roberts, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council and Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “This latest milestone in the project is a vote of confidence in the borough and fantastic news for Stockport.

“This work aims to encourage and support more sustainable forms of transport and more accessible and safer routes while also improving junctions and traffic flow on a road area that has been a challenge for many years.

“We believe this new scheme will help to encourage active travel by encouraging and enabling our residents to make healthier choices when they travel around our borough, as well as for those that need to use a car.”

Cllr Grace Baynham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Parks and Leisure Services, added: “The A34 is a vital route in the borough, and this investment will bring a host of benefits to not only the A34 corridor, but Stockport as a whole.”

The works will be delivered in phases, planned and co-ordinated to minimise disruption as much as possible.

The first phases this Winter are planned to be around Gatley Road, Wilmslow Road and Broadway and will begin in the New Year.

Roads Minister Guy Opperman said: “We have invested nearly £34 million into improving the A34, easing congestion and improving safety for local drivers while helping to improve connections to grow the economy across Stockport, Greater Manchester and the north west.

“It was great to visit Cheadle today and hear first-hand how our funding will help improve one of Stockport’s key roads as we work hard to keep this country moving and back drivers.”

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