Roads to get £25m re­vamp

Macclesfield Express - - MAJOR TRANSPORT BOOST - STU­ART GREER

COUN­CIL chiefs have pledged to spend £25 mil­lion on im­prov­ing the road net­work in the town.

Ma­jor plans aimed at eas­ing con­ges­tion at peak times and al­low­ing the roads to cope with fu­ture de­vel­op­ments were un­veiled at a meet­ing of the coun­cil’s rul­ing cab­i­net

The pro­pos­als - known as the Mac­cles­field Move­ment Strat­egy - will see £750,000 spent on re­vamp­ing the Con­gle­ton Road junc­tion with Park Lane near The Flow­er­pot pub.

Other pri­or­i­ties in­clude the junc­tion of Con­gle­ton Road and Moss Lane, the A523 Silk Road and the A523 Mill Lane.

The strat­egy in­volves de­vel­op­ing ma­jor schemes over the next 20 years in­clud­ing:

Widen­ing Cum­ber­land Street in the town cen­tre;

Im­prov­ing Hi­bel Road and its junc­tion with the Silk Road;

Junc­tion im­prove­ments on Ch­ester Road - A537 in­clud­ing Ivy Road, Field­bank Road and Bro­ken Cross round­about;

Widen­ing Park Lane and im­prov­ing its junc­tion with Churchill Way round­about;

Im­prov­ing Prest­bury Road round­about and up­grad­ing By­ron’s Lane.

The strat­egy, which was re­vealed at Cheshire East Coun­cil’s cab­i­net meet­ing on Tues­day, is also look­ing at trans­port chal­lenges in the town, such as limited bus ser­vices, car park­ing at the train sta­tion, poor con­nec­tions to the mo­tor­way and in­com­plete cy­cle routes.

It has been de­vel­oped around the pro­pos­als for the town un­der the first phase of the South Mac­cles­field De­vel­op­ment Area (SMDA).

It could see 3,500 new homes and 15 hectares of new em­ploy­ment land cre- ated in the town.

In­tro­duc­ing the scheme at the meet­ing, coun­cil leader Michael Jones, pic­tured, said: “£25 mil­lion is a lot of money to spend, but Mac­cles­field needs and de­serves it.”

Town coun­cil­lors will now be con­sulted through a lo­cal mem­ber fo­rum.

David Brown, cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port, said: “This is a move ahead from the lo­cal plan and de­ter­mine how Mac­cles­field will de­velop over the next 20 years.

“Some will need to take place sooner rather than later but there will be con- sul­ta­tion, es­pe­cially over the more sen­si­tive sites.”

Coun Brown said im­prove­ments for the ‘se­vere bot­tle neck’ which oc­curs at peak times at the Flow­er­pot junc­tion were ‘well ad­vanced’.

Mac­cles­field coun­cil­lor Paul Find­low wel­comed the pro­pos­als.

He said: “We have to get the in­fra­struc­ture right be­fore the de­vel­op­ment, or at least in tan­dem.

“There are huge prob­lems with traf­fic in some parts of Mac­cles­field.

“We have been want­ing to deal with the Flow­er­pot junc­tion for about 30 years.

“With the SMDA, it is a pri­or­ity and we need to get it right.”

Coun Bren­dan Murphy also wel­comed the strat­egy but urged the coun­cil to han­dle the pro­pos­als for widen­ing Cum­ber­land Street with sen­si­tiv­ity be­cause of the lo­ca­tion of the his­tor­i­cal war memo­rial gates on the King’s School bound­ary.

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