Government to invest £33.6m in A34 improvements
Stockport Council and third-party developers will provide the remainder of the funds required for the £40m scheme, which will lessen congestion while also improving walking and cycling accessibility.
The section of the A34 that will be improved is the corridor between Cheadle and Handforth. A segregated pedestrian and cycle route will be built along this section.
The Department for Transport estimates the improvements will create £76.8m in economic benefits for the area by supporting the construction of more than 2,500 homes and 33.3 hectares of employment space.
The department also said the work would improve transport links to HS2, Manchester Airport, Cheadle Royal Business Park and the Stanley Green business area.
“We are committed to delivering world-class infrastructure across Greater Manchester to ensure the local economy can truly thrive,” said roads minister Baroness Charlotte Vere.
“This £33.6 million in funding will improve connectivity and attract crucial economic investment to boost local employment and housing development, while giving motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the modern, safe and uncongested roads they deserve,” she continued.
Stockport Council is contributing £560,000 to the scheme, which Cllr Colin Macalister described as “fantastic news for Stockport”. Mcalister is the cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council.
“We believe this new scheme, which includes enhancing and improving the borough’s cycling and walking links, will help to encourage active travel and ensure journey times are improved,” Macalister said.
“This scheme, which is subject to full public consultation and planning permission being granted, is much more than just focussing on cars: its aim is to encourage and support more sustainable forms of transport.”