Huge plans to upgrade A34 in Cheadle get £33m in cash from government

Plan to improve a major road in Stockport is set to go ahead after the government pledges £33.6m for the works. Road bosses want to build a 5.6km cycle route and upgrade roundabouts and interchanges along the A34 in Cheadle.

The section, between the M60 and A555, has been identified as a key bottleneck. The proposals include creating a segregated cycle path with controlled crossings, which would connect to the Greater Manchester Cycle Bee network, improvements to the Stanley Green interchange and Cheadle Royal Business Park roundabout, and the replacement of the Underground at Kingsway School .

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Stockport council say the improvements will deliver £76.8 million in ‘direct economic benefits’ by supporting the development of over 2,500 new homes and 33.3 hectares of commercial space, while boosting transport links to Manchester Airport and HS2. Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “We are committed to providing world-class infrastructure in Greater Manchester to ensure the local economy can really thrive.

“This £33.6 million funding will improve connectivity and attract crucial economic investment to boost local employment and housing construction, while giving motorists, cyclists and pedestrians the modern, safe and quiet roads they deserve. to create a clean, efficient road network that is truly accessible to everyone.”

The Department for Transport will make £33.64 million available for the project, with Stockport council contributing £560,000. The remaining £6.3 million will be provided by private developers. Coun Colin Macalister, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport City Council, said: “We believe this new plan, which includes improving and improving the council’s cycling and walking links, will help encourage active travel and to ensure that travel times are improved.

“This scheme, which is subject to full public consultation and the granting of planning permission, is much more than just about cars: it aims to encourage and support more sustainable modes of transport. The A34 is a vital route in the borough and this investment will bring many benefits not only to the A34 corridor, but to Stockport as a whole.”

The A34 scheme has in principle been approved. The condition is that the municipality submits the final business cases once they have obtained the legal approvals they need and have chosen a contractor.

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