- Government confirms almost £34m to tackle congestion, reduce journey times and improve connections on the busy A34 corridor, supporting housing, economic growth and jobs
- Pursue £1.2 billion investment to repair roads in the North West and improve journeys for all through the Northern Network plans
- Pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy new opportunities for active, sustainable travel thanks to new pedestrian and cycle paths along the route
Millions of people in Greater Manchester and Stockport will benefit from reduced congestion and better connections thanks to a government investment of almost £34m to deliver vital improvements to the A34 between Cheadle and Handforth.
Today (30 November 2023), Minister for Roads, Guy Opperman, visited Stockport to put the first shovels in the ground as he confirmed that works can begin on the road improvement scheme corridor A34.
With the A34 long congested with traffic, the government’s £33.6m investment will tackle congestion and reduce journey times locally, particularly to Manchester Airport and It is expected to generate more than £72m of direct economic benefits for Greater Manchester and Stockport.
The project will also benefit those who choose to walk and cycle by creating a new pedestrian and cycle route running alongside the A34, providing new opportunities for active travel and sustainable.
The A34 improvements follow a £1.2 billion investment previously announced in November to repair roads across the North West, part of an unprecedented £8.3 billion increase from Network North to improve journeys for everyone and resurface over 5,000 miles of roads across England.
Roads Minister Guy Opperman said:
We’ve invested almost £34m to improve the A34, reducing congestion and improving safety for local motorists while helping improve connections to grow the economy across Stockport, Greater Manchester and North West.
It was great to visit Cheadle today and hear first-hand how our funding will help improve one of Stockport’s key roads as we work hard to keep this country going Driver development and support.
In addition to £33.6 million of government funding, Stockport Council and local third-party funders will provide just under £10 million of the overall £43 million investment in the scheme. this program.
The improvements will enhance access to Cheadle Royal Business Park and Stanley Green business park, and include a new pedestrian subway for students and staff at Kingsway School, helping parents Rest assured that their children can walk safely to school.
Councilor Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, said:
This latest milestone in this project is once again great news for Stockport.
We believe this new plan will help encourage active travel by encouraging people to make healthier choices when they travel around our borough, as well as protecting journey times improved.
The plan does not just focus on cars, but also aims to encourage and support more sustainable forms of transport.
The A34 is a key route in the borough and this investment will bring many benefits not only to the A34 corridor but to the whole of Stockport
Construction will begin as soon as possible and will be carried out in phases to minimize disruption to all road users. The improvement package is expected to be completed by spring 2027.
The improvements to the A34 also come with the Drivers’ Plan announced in October, which includes £70m to keep traffic flowing, updated 20 mph Regional guidance for England to help prevent inappropriate use of blankets and measures to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicle charging.