Continuing A6 Drain Roadworks

This weekend should see a number of the latest issues caused by the drains under the A6 being fixed.

The works will run between Chapel Street and Sainsbury including the really bad manhole cover by the entrance to Asda.  That manhole cover was reported to us over the weekend and looked to be in a really bad state with the road breaking up badly around it, the whole thing moving substantially every time a car went over it and it making a lot of noise.

Fortunately, from an examination yesterday, it does not look to be in imminent danger of collapse despite looking and sounding so bad and a fix this coming weekend should sort out the problem.

 

Road Repairs on Torkington Rd (Overnight Working)

Stockport Council will be carrying out carriageway resurfacing works on London Road from Torkington Road to Church Grove and Torkington Road from London Road to Avondale Avenue. The works started on  the 31st January 2018 and are expected to take approximately 2 weeks to complete, weather permitting. The working hours will be between 8pm and 5am. 

Local Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “This is one of our busiest roads but repairs are vital. I am glad work is taking place overnight. LibDems, when running the Council, prioritised road repairs and schemes like this are part of our £100M investment plan that will still run for another three years.”

During the times stated above it will be necessary to restrict traffic movements along London Road using temporary traffic signals with a road closure notice on Torkington Road. As the work progresses any adjoining roads will also be restricted through closure notices prohibiting traffic entering and exiting onto both London Road and Torkington Road with signed diversions in operation during working times. These measures are in place to minimise disruption to residents and businesses and to allow safe working operations to take place. 

Access to properties and businesses in the working area will be maintained where possible however, they may be restricted for certain periods as the work progresses.

A6 MARR and Carillion Update

With the news of Carillion going into liquidation on the news today there will clearly be large impacts across the country.

The good news for Hazel Grove is that the A6 MARR is run by a joint venture between Carillion and Morgan Sindall, another construction company.  In the short term this means that the project is far less likely to be seriously impacted than if the project was being directly run by Carillion.

We have heard from senior council officers that they expect Morgan Sindall will simply inherit the work from the joint venture and the project should continue with relatively minimal disruption.  The council are in discussions to ensure that work carries on as efficiently as possible.

We will update everyone of any further news or changes to this.

 

A6 Sunday Lane Closures and Diversions Near St Mary’s Way

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:

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/news/changes-along-st-marys-way-as-improvement-works-near-completion

 

 

A6MARR Complementary Improvement Measures in Hazel Grove

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.

 

Macclesfield Road Weekday Overnight Closures from 6th November

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

 

Woodford Road to Close Again: 24-27th Oct

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.

Sunday 22nd: Lane Closures on the A6

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.

 

 

A6MARR Bus Bridge and Overall Progress Update

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.