Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,
As part of the A555/A6MARR mitigation, a shared cycle and pedestrian path was to be constructed between Middlewood Way and the junction with the old A6, Buxton Road, allowing linkage with the A555 cycleway. This was to be achieved by widening the existing pavement.
The project was apparently designed, funded, and approved before then being quietly cancelled without public announcement. Attempting to investigate this, I have only been able to gather from senior transport officers that this was due to it “being unsuitable for equestrians” and that “alternative options” were being considered. Further requests for information have been ignored and two years later nothing has progressed and the dangerous, unsuitable A6 traffic lanes remain the only option for cyclists.
I am now requesting details in full to explain:
- Officially why the original shared pavement plan was cancelled, at the request and authorisation of whom, and what happened to the funding earmarked for this (whether it was spent on cycling and walking)
- Which alternative options the council has considered since this time, including but not limited to their route, cost and any reasons for not being achieved
- The council’s current working strategy to provide a cycle link between these two important cycling assets and any available timescales
Thank you for your request for information (FOI 5290109 ) submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which has been given the above mentioned reference number. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your request.
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I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI
The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows.
- Officially why the original shared pavement plan was cancelled, at the
request and authorisation of whom, and what happened to the funding
earmarked for this (whether it was spent on cycling and walking)
Authorisation of the scheme by the Cabinet Member was refused following a
recommendation by the Marple Area Committee that it should not be
approved. Funding has been spent on other schemes under the A6MARR
Complimentary and Mitigation Measures programme. Some of these schemes
provide walking and cycling improvements.
- Which alternative options the council has considered since this time,
including but not limited to their route, cost and any reasons for not
Routes have been considered that connected to Middlewood Way significantly
to the north of the A6 however these would not be suitable for extension
to High Lane at a future date so have not been developed further. Such
routes would also be unsuitable for funding under the Mayoral Challenge
Fund programme as they would be unlikely to meet criterion that such
funding would demand in terms of surface, lighting and directness. At
present there are no alternative funding streams available.
- The council’s current working strategy to provide a cycle link between
these two important cycling assets and any available timescales
The Council considers that any alternative route will be likely to need to
follow an off-carriageway alignment. It will form an extension of the
currently proposed route from Bramhall Park to the A6 which in turn links
to a route from Cheadle to Bramhall Park providing an east-west route
across the Borough. This scheme will be subject to consultation in
October 2019. In the event that the Bramhall Park to the A6 scheme is
approved and funded under the MCF programme we will look at extending the
route to High Lane. As and when a route is identified and costing of it
undertaken we will look to make a bid for funding.
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