MPs join forces in traffic drive

15 Apr 2019 10:49

TWO MPs have joined forces to take action amid growing concern over road congestion on the A6.

Hazel Grove MP Will Wragg and his Macclesfield counterpart David Rutley have pledged to work on behalf of villagers living along the A6 corridor.

They met to discuss actions to help address problems facing people living in Disley village in Cheshire East and High Lane village in Stockport.

It follows concerns over increased traffic and congestion following the opening of the A555 Manchester Airport Relief Road.

The MPs say High Lane and Disley are experiencing “significantly higher” levels of traffic on the A6 and on local roads than before the opening of the A555. 

People have raised concerns about the congestion, which they say are particularly acute during the morning and evening commutes, and their strong concerns about the impact of increased vehicle movements on air quality.

The MPs say that air quality is already “a challenge” and concern in Disley, which is an Air Quality Management Area, and along the A6 corridor.

The MPs to follow up on agreed actions with Cheshire East and Stockport councils, calling for effective and regular monitoring of air quality and traffic counts, and reviews of traffic light sequencing at key junctions.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Wragg said: “Residents in High Lane have been afflicted by congestion and poor air quality for many years.

“There are steps that the councils can take to improve the situation and we are keen to work with all agencies to find a solution to this.”

Mr Rutley also said he would continue to work with local elected councillors in Disley, in support of plans and funding for further mitigation measures.

Mr Rutley added: “Residents in Disley village continue to experience significantly increased traffic levels, with clear concerns about air quality.

“It is vital that local councils take steps to more effectively monitor these concerns, so that the appropriate actions can be taken.

“I will continue to work with Disley Parish Council, Cheshire East Council and local MPs, to help to find solutions to the current concerns of local residents.”

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