Approval paves way for £34m A34 corridor improvements
George Cox and Sons can now move on site later this month to kickstart the Stockport scheme, which will ease congestion while also improving walking and cycling routes.
The government has approved Stockport Council’s full business case for the A34 Corridor Improvement Scheme, investing £33.6m in critical improvements to the corridor between Cheadle and Handforth.
Proposals for the £43m project include the creation of a 5.6km segregated pedestrian and cycle route, along with improved access to the Cheadle Royal Business Park and the Stanley Green business area.
There will also be a new pedestrian subway built for pupils and staff at Kingsway School.
Cllr Mark Roberts, deputy leader of Stockport Council, said: “This work aims to encourage and support more sustainable forms of transport and more accessible and safer routes, while also improving junctions and traffic flow on a road area that has been a challenge for many years.
“We believe this new scheme will help to encourage active travel by encouraging and enabling our residents to make healthier choices when they travel around our borough, as well as for those that need to use a car.”
It is estimated that the improvements will generate £76.8m in direct economic benefits while boosting transport links to Manchester Airport.
Cllr Grace Baynham, cabinet member for highways, parks, and leisure services, said: “The A34 is a vital route in the borough, and this investment will bring a host of benefits to not only the A34 corridor, but Stockport as a whole.”
Roads minister Guy Opperman added: “We have invested nearly £34m into improving the A34, easing congestion, and improving safety for local drivers, while helping to improve connections to grow the economy across Stockport, Greater Manchester, and the North West.
Work will be delivered in phases, with the first stages planned to be carried out around Gatley Road, Wilmslow Road, and Broadway.