Con­cerns over £30m road project

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THE Chair­man of Prest­bury Par­ish Coun­cil has spo­ken of his con­cerns about the im­pact the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road could have on the vil­lage.

Coun Arthur Dicken wel­comed the £30m project as ‘an im­prove­ment to the na­tional road net­work’.

But he said he was con­cerned whether mea­sures pro­posed to stop al­ready heavy traf­fic in­creas­ing on Lon­don Road (A523) would ac­tu­ally be im­ple­mented.

The £30m road, which will link the A6 with the Manch­ester Air­port Re­lief Road (A6MARR), aims to boost trans­port links to Mac­cles­field as well as cut­ting traf­fic through Poyn­ton.

Plans in­clude im­prove­ments to the Bo­nis Hall Lane junc­tion, which al­most two thirds of re­spon­dents agreed were nec­es­sary at the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in June last year.

To ease con­ges­tion at the junc­tion, coun­cil plan­ners are propos­ing widen­ing Lon­don Road on the ap­proach to it to pro­vide two north­bound and two south­bound lanes.

The ad­di­tional lanes would, plan­ners say, in­crease the over­all ca­pac­ity of the junc­tion, re­duc­ing wait­ing times.

The plan is to also make the junc­tion sig­nalised to pro­vide breaks in traf­fic, al­low­ing ve­hi­cles from lo­cal roads to en­ter and cross Lon­don Road.

At Is­sues Wood on the Lon­don Road, the coun­cil has pro­posed to im­prove sig­nage and pos­si­bly in­stall speed cam­eras, which the par­ish coun­cil has been cam­paign­ing for for a while.

They also plan to in­tro­duce signs and en­hanced vis­i­bil­ity mea­sures at the A523/ Prest­bury Lane junc­tion.

Coun Dicken praised the pos­si­ble in­stal­la­tion of speed cam­eras but re­mained scep­ti­cal about the other plans. He said: “Th­ese junc­tions are al­ready dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate and will be even more so with in­creased traf­fic. Our goal is just to make sure the im­pli­ca­tions of the plans are thought through prop­erly.”

Res­i­dents can have their say on the scheme via the coun­cil’s web­site un­til the con­sul­ta­tion ends on Novem­ber 30.

●● De­tails of the pro­posed work to widen the Bo­nis Hall Lane junc­tion in Prest­bury and par­ish coun­cil chair­man Arthur Dicken, who is con­cerned it will not be enough to ease heavy traf­fic on Lon­don Road

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