8 November 2016
Stockport Green Party supports the efforts to ‘Stop the A6-M60 Bypass and save Stockport’s beautiful Goyt Valley and green spaces’.
Stockport Council will decide in spring 2017 whether to go ahead with a bid for up to £600 million from the Government to build the four-mile A6 to M60 Bypass. Stockport Green Party urges Stockport Council not to proceed with the road funding bid.
The dual-carriageway will devastate one of Stockport’s treasures, the Lower Goyt Valley, as well as the beautiful Poise Brook Valley and green spaces in Offerton, Hazel Grove and Lower Bredbury.
Along the route, residents’ quality of life will suffer from noise, disturbance, visual intrusion and increased pollution.
The Bypass itself is likely to be plagued by congestion. Roads leading to it will be jammed at peak hours.
Yet many councillors including those from areas along the route intend to support the Bypass. We have very little time left to stop them voting to commit a terrible act of vandalism.
Please sign the petition using the link below and ask your friends to add their support.
The Council has for the past year been working on a “study” for the first stage of a Business Case which would be needed to bid for Government money to build the road. The discussion and vote in Council will happen after this study has been completed.
The Lower Goyt Valley is one of the Stockport’s treasures. Putting a massive road through it would be a horrendous self-inflicted wound upon the borough.
The bypass would be a four-and-a-half mile dual-carriageway extension of the A6-to-Manchester Airport “relief road”, which is already under construction. It’s the latest in a series of new roads claimed to sort out the terrible congestion south of Manchester. The bypass would cost a huge £580 million!
Greens believe that the by-pass will result in more traffic problems. The combined bypass and relief road will draw in drivers from the M56, A34, M60 and A6. To deter drivers from switching from the motorways to avoid jams, junctions along the new roads will be designed to be slow and traffic- signal controlled. These slow junctions are likely to create rush-hour blockages, such as those that occur regularly on the A34 at Handforth Dean, with the traffic likely to return to existing routes. Some modest short-term improvements may be achieved on some local roads but in the longer term the bypass could end up a horrendously costly and damaging failure. The jams caused by the M60 in Bredbury demonstrate the unintended consequences that new roads can create.
There are many reasons why the road will be bad for drivers and the local communities.
In the view of SGP the construction of yet another road is totally unnecessary. Green party transport policy states that funding that at present is used for road building will be diverted for the reduction of excessive speeds on local streets and the reallocation of road space away from cars, with the aim of making all streets places which all people feel able to use, would come from funding that at present is used for road building.
There would be no new road building or widening schemes implemented except for essential access. A review of all proposed schemes would be eventually undertaken once the necessary measures, as outlined below, have been introduced, with the assumption that these will then be all deemed unnecessary.
Further details of the Green Party Transport Policy can be found here -
The aims of the transport policy include:
Greens believe that the current ‘Car culture’ needs to be addressed. Cars are currently seen as the primary means of transport by many people. The Green Party will work at all levels to alter this perception, by providing information on the problems and real costs of their use, and by improving the perception of all more sustainable methods of transport.