SEMMMS refresh (new transport plan for Cheshire East)

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AndrewJ
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SEMMMS refresh (new transport plan for Cheshire East)

Postby AndrewJ » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:50 pm

From the SEMMMS website today:

Cheshire East Council is working with Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to identify solutions to traffic and travel problems experienced by residents in the north of the borough.

The public now have the opportunity to give their views on proposed solutions through a two-phased public consultation beginning this week.

With large numbers of commuters travelling into and out of the borough, the three public bodies – together with other stakeholders and partners – will work together to refresh the South East Manchester Multi Modal Strategy (SEMMMS), first produced in 2001 with an intended lifespan of 20 years.

The two councils, plus TfGM, will build on the original SEMMMS strategy to prioritise new proposals for improving connectivity between the north of the borough into and out of Greater Manchester.

A major feature of the original SEMMMS was the Manchester Airport relief road, which is currently being built, alongside Poynton Relief Road – which is being progressed by Cheshire East Council.

Funding was also used to deliver improvements to bus, pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Fresh proposals will seek to address the added pressures on commuter routes as a result of additional housing and population growth and will extend the multi-modal strategy, up to 2040. These proposals will also be incorporated within a new local transport plan for Cheshire East.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council executive director of place, said: “The council is conscious of the day-to-day travel problems experienced by our residents living in the north of the borough.

“We also appreciate that many people travelling into the borough, experience the same problems due chiefly to the volume of traffic generated and the lack of sufficient road capacity and gaps in public transport.

“The original SEMMMS strategy was successful in securing significant government funding to address this key transport issue. Given this success and the emerging plans for additional development across the border in Greater Manchester, the time is now right to review what our future transport priorities should be.

“This consultation is an opportunity for our residents to give us their thoughts and feedback. We hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of this opportunity.”

The consultation will be held in two stages – the first is to ensure all of the key issues and options for improvement have been captured.

The consultation begins on Wednesday (14 March 2018) and a drop-in event will take place at Poynton Civic Hall on 27 March (3pm–8pm).

From 14 March 2018, members of the public can also respond via an online questionnaire at: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/consultations

Comments received after 12 April will not be included in the consultation process.

The second stage of the consultation will run in tandem with Stockport Council and will seek views on which schemes should be prioritised.

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Re: SEMMMS refresh (new transport plan for Cheshire East)

Postby AnotherWhingerLike_U » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:14 pm

AndrewJ wrote:From the SEMMMS website today:
Cheshire East Council is working with Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester to identify solutions to traffic and travel problems experienced by residents in the north of the borough.

So residents weren’t considered in the original plan?? :? :shock: The only objective was to shuttle huge amounts of external traffic across the district? :twisted:
Obviously the case, considering the penny pinching has given "Residents" two close sets of traffic lights at the 5 ways. :twisted:

AndrewJ
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Re: SEMMMS refresh (new transport plan for Cheshire East)

Postby AndrewJ » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:52 pm

SEMMMS was last updated 17 years ago. Despite the name the only recommendation that councils or government took notice of were the roads:
  • A6MARR
  • Poynton Relief Road
  • Alderley Edge Bypass
Their A60 to A6 road, with link to Stepping Hill, has not yet been funded, although Stockport Council have submitted a business case recently. Nothing else much got funded, and if it did it has been taken away by the last few years of 'austerity'. They should really be renamed (S)outh (E)ast (M)anchester (U)ni (M)odal (S)Strategy.

From their document it seems that despite all this investment in roads our congestion problems are now worse than ever. Who'd have thought? The priorities this time round are:
  • Multi-modal improvements on the A34 corridor, acknowledging and accounting for crossboundary travel patterns and the potential impact of future development near the route;
  • Opportunities for further traffic management proposals in the Urban area of Poynton following the implementation of the PRR;
  • Implementation of the Macclesfield Movement Strategy;
  • Local capacity and safety improvements on the A523 corridor;
  • Solutions to improve ‘last mile’ access to destinations in more rural, and less well connected neighbourhoods;
  • High Lane to Disley A6 Bypass;
  • Continued development of the strategic and local cycling and walking networks;
  • New bus rapid transit services catering for cross-boundary travel to/from the Greater Manchester conurbation; and
  • Sustaining and improving public transport opportunities.

So I wonder which ones will get funding?


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