Concerns over £30m road project
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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