Push­ing for town to be more con­nected

Stockport Express - - News - WIL­LIAM WRAGG Con­ser­va­tive MP for Hazel Grove

OUR lo­cal area is a great place to live, com­bin­ing the ben­e­fits of an ur­ban area with close ac­cess to the coun­try­side.

How­ever, this does mean a great num­ber of peo­ple must travel be­tween where they live, work, study and re­lax.

As a re­sult, the A6 be­tween Manch­ester, Stock­port and Hazel Grove is one of the busiest and most con­gested road net­works in the coun­try with over 30,000 daily ve­hi­cle move­ments and peak hour traf­fic av­er­ag­ing as low as 10mph, worse than cen­tral London.

I have long called for im­prove­ments to our lo­cal roads in­fra­struc­ture and es­pe­cially the ur­gent need for a link road be­tween the M60 at Bred­bury and the A6 at Hazel Grove, about which I in­tro­duced a de­bate in Par­lia­ment shortly be­fore the elec­tion.

Pro­pos­als for the A6-M60 link road are cur­rently part of the South East Manch­ester Multi-Modal Strat­egy (SEMMMS), along with other el­e­ments of Stock­port’s cur­rent and fu­ture trans­port pri­or­i­ties.

The Coun­cil is run­ning a con­sul­ta­tion on SEMMMS ask­ing res­i­dents what they think the cur­rent trans­port is­sues are across the bor­ough and how we should ad­dress them.

As the MP for the Hazel Grove con­stituency, I shall be mak­ing the case to en­sure that there is no de­vi­a­tion from the need for the A6-M60 Hazel Grove to Bred­bury by­pass, which has been talked about for decades, but has never been de­liv­ered.

In ad­di­tion, in or­der to re­duce con­ges­tion and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, we must do more than just build new roads.

We need to get peo­ple out of cars and onto good al­ter­na­tive pub­lic trans­port.

There­fore the SEMMM Strat­egy will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to push for a Metrolink ex­ten­sion to Marple, con­nect­ing Marple, Romi­ley and Bred­bury to Stock­port and then fur­ther afield along the ex­ist­ing Metrolink network.

The coun­cil is hold­ing a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings across our lo­cal area over the next few weeks.

I shall be at­tend­ing one of the meet­ings and I would en­cour­age in­ter­ested res­i­dents to go along and make their opin­ions heard too.

De­tails of the pub­lic events can be found on the coun­cil’s web­site and are also on my own web­site at www.williamwragg.org.uk.

For those un­able to at­tend the meet­ings in per­son, an on­line con­sul­ta­tion is also avail­able at www.stock­port. gov.uk/lo­calplan.

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