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BlueGrover posted..


If I didn't know the date, I would have thought this was an April Fool.................

A report looking at ways to solve the problem of traffic congestion on one of the region’s busiest roads suggests NARROWING it.

It investigates how to improve traffic flow on the A6 in Stockport before it becomes even busier with traffic generated by proposed housing developments in Derbyshire and Cheshire East.

One of the suggestions is to reduce the road from four lanes to three in Hazel Grove between Torkington Road and Bramhall Moor Lane after the Airport Relief Road is built.

There would be a single lane in each direction with a shared third lane for right turns with traffic ‘displaced’ onto nearby smaller roads; Jacksons Lane and Marple Road.

The report, ordered by Stockport council, says the measure could be delivered in the next five years. It says: “This will result in a notable reduction in traffic on the A6 through Hazel Grove.”

The report was presented to councillors at the Stepping Hill and Marple area committees.

Hazel Grove councillor Kevin Hogg said: “I don’t understand the mentality or the intelligence of highways officers who want to turn the Hazel Grove stretch into a three-lane road when it can’t cope now as a four-lane highway. To try to squeeze that amount of traffic on to that bit of the A6 is crazy.”

Coun Ben Alexander added: “We’re unhappy with many of the recommendations.”

Other suggestions include a new train station at Simpsons Corner and an East Didsbury to Hazel Grove tram.

Coun Iain Roberts said: “High Peak, Cheshire East, Derbyshire and Stockport, with TfGM, have undertaken a joint study of the A6 to see what needs to be done to lessen the impact of development proposed in High Peak council’s plan.”