Ques­tions over road scheme

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PREST­BURY Par­ish Coun­cil is call­ing on Cheshire East Coun­cil to pro­vide an­swers on how a cross-county road scheme would im­pact on Prest­bury res­i­dents.

The South East Manch­ester Multi-Mo­dal Strat­egy cov­ers an area to the south east of Manch­ester in­clud­ing parts of Cheshire East, Der­byshire, Stock­port and Tame­side lo­cal author­ity ar­eas. It in­cludes a num­ber of pro­pos­als de­signed to im­prove pub­lic trans­port and the use of road space, en­cour­age ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion and im­prove high­ways.

Cheshire East Coun­cil is in con­sul­ta­tion over plans for the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, which will link with the A6 to Manch­ester Air­port Re­lief Road (A6MARR) and Lon­don Road (A523). The £30m road project aims to boost trans­port links to Mac­cles­field and plans in­clude im­prove­ments to the Bo­nis Hall Lane/ Lon­don Road junc­tion. Pro­pos­als also in­clude im­proved signs at Is­sues Wood at the Lon­don Road/Prest­bury Lane junc­tion and the pos­si­ble in­stal­la­tion of speed cam­eras.

But the Par­ish Coun­cil says res­i­dents need a traf­fic model that shows how the whole scheme, rather than just the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, will af­fect Prest­bury.

Vil­lage coun­cil­lors’ main con­cerns are traf­fic, air qual­ity and the sur­round­ing land­scape in the vil­lage.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Par­ish Coun­cil, But­ley ward coun­cil­lor Lil­lian Burns said: “What we need is a be­spoke traf­fic model, not one used for Greater Manch­ester.

“We keep ask­ing for traf­fic mod­els but all we have is iso­lated mod­el­ling for the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road. What we need to know is what the im­pact will be when not just one re­lief road is built but all of them.”

She added they had also asked for en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­praisals. She said: “All we ever do is ask lots of ques­tions. We con­sis­tently feel illinformed.”

The Prest­bury Lane/ Lon­don Road junc­tion also had ‘one of the worst ac­ci­dent records of any junc­tion in Prest­bury’, she claimed, adding: “We would wel­come speed cam­eras but we need other sug­ges­tions to im­prove things as well”.

The Poyn­ton Re­lief Road con­sul­ta­tion is open un­til Novem­ber 30. Res­i­dents can have their say at cheshireeast.gov. uk.

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