The years of heavy traffic on the A6, London Road, has taken its toll on the road and the drainage underneath it; the ongoing work associated with the drains under the A6 continues.
This time work will be between the junctions with Hatherlow Lane and Grundey Street, that section that passes Wetherspoons. One lane northbound toward Stockport will be closed on three Sundays as follows:
- Sunday 14th January
- Sunday 21st January
- Sunday 28th January
Also, work resumes on the 8th on St Mary’s Way to complete the major improvements associated with the Town Centre Access Plan. The most significant effects will be:
- it will not be possible to turn left from St Mary’s Way into Hall Street (the turn for Marple) for seven weeks from the 8th of January
- St Mary’s Way will be closed overnight (8pm to 5:30pm) on weekdays for three weeks from the 15th January
Full details of this work are on the council website at:
The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) is expected to reduce traffic flow and congestion a little on some local roads in the surrounding areas, including some roads through Hazel Grove.
To find out more about the proposals, discuss them with the Stockport Council team and provide your comments we invite you to attend our drop-in session at Hazel Grove Library, Beech Avenue, 4-7pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017.
The Proposed View Under The Old A6 – From a Fly Through Video
It is normal for major road schemes like this to include mitigation measures for areas that will get busier and complementary measures where there will be reductions. Complementary Measures can be to encourage walking and cycling and support district and local centres. These measures will be paid for out of the A6MARR budget.
From 14th November to 5th December 2017 Stockport Council is consulting with affected parties on the draft package of complementary measures that have been developed for Hazel Grove.
The list of measures is below – online you can click on the individual items for more details: http://www.semmms.info/semmms/traffic-mitigation-complementary-measures/
1 – Davenport Road – Green Lane: Formalise cycle track status and review signing
2 – Commercial Road: Provide zebra crossing
3 – Grove Street: Provide contraflow cycle route
4 – Vine Street: Provide contraflow cycle route
5 – Chester Road / Grundy Street: Junction review
6 – Newby Road: Provide street lighting
7 – Rutters Lane – Newby Road: New off-carriageway cycle/pedestrian route link
8 – Station Street – Lowick Close: Widen path and convert to bridleway
9 – Allotment path: Formalise cycle track status (existing route)
10 – Chester Road: extend 20mph limit south of railway and narrowing of carriageway to reduce traffic speeds
11 – Brook Street: Improve cycle facilities at signalised junction
12 – Torkington Park: Widen footpath to accommodate shared cycle/footpath
13 – Torkington Park: Provide lighting to footpath
14 – Torkington Road / Offerton Road: Junction review, proposed mini-r’bout
15 – Melford Road: Footway construction and provision of bollards and barriers
16 – Racecourse Estate: Provide wayfinding cycle signs
17 – Mill Lane: Introduce A-frame barrier to allow through route for cyclists but preventing motorcyclists
You can give feedback at the drop in session at the library or alternatively, email the SEMMMs team at [email protected] or phone on 0161 474 2299.
The closing date for responses is 5th December 2017.
Unfortunately, with all the works on the SEMMMS scheme we have more road closures, this time for drainage works and resurfacing on Macclesfield Road.
These works will require a total of five night time (weeknights 8pm to 6am) over the course of the two week period. The closure zone will be from just north of Towers Road to just south of Ashbourne Road, Hazel Grove.
During the full closure, a signed diversion route will be in place via A523 London Road North, A5149 Chester Road, A5102 Woodford Road/Bramhall Lane South, A5143 Bridge Lane/Jacksons Lane/ Dean Lane.
The Diversion Route
During the school holiday week (24rd to 27th October) Woodford Road in Poynton will be closed again. On the Monday (23rd) there will be temporary traffic lights. The work is to “complete the jointing on the new bridge”. During the closure there will be signs again at the junction with Chester Road and Dean Lane.
“The new road is welcome but the closures really inconvenience people. Hopefully this really will be the last closure of Woodford Road before the road to the airport opens next Spring” said Cllr Jon Twigge.
Full details from the council below:
- Monday 23rd October: Temporary traffic signals operating off peak from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Located from just south of Dog Hill Green Farm for a 200m stretch south;
- Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th October: Full road closure will be installed and operational by the traffic management crew during the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 24th and will be operating 24 hours a day before being taken off in the early hours of the morning on Thursday 26th October. The closure zone will remain as previously, from just north of Lower Park Road to just north of the access to Birch Hall Kennels.
It will not be possible to provide a pedestrian route through the road closure as works will be
taking place next to the new footpath, however, pedestrian access will be maintained when
the temporary signals are operating.
Council officers tell me that there will be carriageway repairs on the A6 next Sunday (22nd) and that they will require the use of temporary lane closures.
Solutions SK, working on behalf of Stockport Council, will be undertaking various repairs along London Road, Hazel Grove, between the junctions of Rosebery Street and Macclesfield Road.
Roseberry Street is just past Sainsbury which means there could be lane closures anywhere within the town centre. I have asked for more detailed information on exactly where the work will be – anywhere close to the junction of Commercial Road in particular could cause long delays.
Update: I am told that there is one job on the northbound carriageway outside ASDA (at the bus stop) and three southbound between Commercial Road and Torkington Road. My worst fears over the works – right turners at Commercial Road blocking the whole A6 – are thankfully, not to be realised.
The Bus Bridge and Public Presentations:
The huge delay of the new bus bridge along the old A6 that runs across the new A6MARR has been a disaster for some local residents who have faced a long walk down towards the police station to catch a bus.
Originally to be opened this summer, along with the whole of the project it has seen substantial delays, it is now finally due soon. It has not helped at all that a design “issue” (someone messed up!) with the pavement at the Police Station end has meant the pavement has been closed on one side of the A6 for weeks as well.
I still hesitate to say exactly when it open because I can’t get a definitive answer yet – some weeks ago council officers indicated mid October, local bus companies currently have it scheduled for December but the latest news suggests it might not be quite that long. Work is now progressing with the surface of the old A6 being cleared ready for the new surface in the last week.
Old A6 Surface Cleared Close To Simpson’s
An update from the A6MARR team indicates, on their works map, that the resurfacing is to happen in October and November:
Full size version of the map at http://www.semmms.info/wp-content/uploads/Poynton_Hazel-Grove_Oct-to-Dec-17.pdf
A full presentation on progress so far will be held at the Civic Hall (London Road, Hazel Grove, SK7 4DF) on Monday 6th November. You can drop in anytime between 3:30 and 7:30 where there will be both A6MARR and council officers to answer questions.
Many people will have noticed the dropped drain grids and intermittent lane closures along the A6 in the last few weeks.
When these problems were first investigated some weeks ago there were found to be unmapped drains running along the road.
Below is the latest unedited update from Council Officers about the ongoing situation. There is still some more work to be done and there will be some more lane closures and perhaps even an overnight road closure while things are worked on:
Initial inspection found a manhole outside the Civic Hall which was full of silt. This has been cleaned out and surveyed back towards the War Memorial (highway drain running along the footway). This system was then found to be running. The highway drain in the footway was also surveyed and cleaned from Grundey Street to near the War Memorial. It is suspected that there is a system running under the war memorial which drops into the A6 which these two adjoining systems drop onto however, this has not been proven.
The highway drain in the footway was also jetted down to Lever street along with all connecting road gullies and these were found to be running (Lever Street is the head of this system)
Lever Street heading towards Crown Court – All road gullies along this section drop onto the highway drain in the footway. The crews found a buried system in the footway which they undertook a dig on and this was then cleaned out and camera surveyed.
A dig at the junction of Lever Street also took place to try to install an access chamber at this point but this was not possible due to the number and position of utility cables in this area. The highway drain at this point runs into a United Utilities sewer in the road near Vine Street. This has also been cleaned out and cleared.
A section of the carriageway gullies along this stretch have also been reset/replaced.
The gully outside Asda directly opposite the junction of Commercial Road has been cleaned and jetted and the crew report this is now clear and running. To prove the connection, further investigations are required here as it is suspected that the gully appears to run towards one of two manholes in the centre of the carriageway at the junction of Commercial Road on the A6. Ideally we need to arrange with SSK Streetcare to lift these manholes and find the connection and jet back towards the gully but this may have to be done overnight and this needs to be discussed with Traffic Management and SSK with regards to obtaining permission to work. The two gullies outside BetFred at the corner of Commercial Road which we suspect drop onto the same system are now clear and running.
The gullies further down the A6 outside Asda drop onto the highway drain in the footway and this section was found to be running.
The road gullies on the southbound stretch of carriageway from Commercial Road to opposite the junction of Chester Road have all been mapped now and found to be running ok. They all drop onto the United Utilities main sewer in the carriageway along London Road.
There will be some major roadworks due to the replacement of gas pipes later in August – from the 18th to 27th.
The main work will be on Offerton Road, at the junction with Brinkburn, with temporary traffic lights. The lights will be staffed from 7am till 7pm.
However, Brinkburn Road will also be affected – it will only be open one way between Garthland Road and Offerton road – you will not be able to join Offerton Road here, only to leave it to go down Brinkburn.
A recent report of a nasty fall at the Pelican Crossing on Torkington Road was caused by the road surface wearing badly.
Cllr Jon Twigge said “While the wear in the road surface did not meet the normal conditions for immediate action, given the location at the Pelican crossing it was important to get this fixed before anyone else was badly hurt crossing the road.
“In cases like this where there is an immediate danger to the public, officers can respond quickly and the road was patched within a few days of the report.”
If you see dangerous wear and tear including potholes in the roads and pavements they can be reported online at http://www.stockport.gov.uk or please let us know and we can report them for you.
There will be drainage repairs on the A6 in Hazel Grove, between the junctions with Hope Street and Cooke Street over two weekends: 1st and 2nd of July and 15th and 16th of July.
There have been a few problems in this area over recent weeks and hopefully these repairs will help a lot.
The works will require the use of temporary northbound lane closures.