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One week until essential town centre bridge works begin

In a week’s time, essential repair works will begin on the bridge that carries the A6 through Stockport town centre between Exchange Street (Garrick Theatre) and Heaton Lane.

From Monday 24th July 2017, this section of road will be closed to traffic in both directions for up to 12 weeks, so that repair work can be undertaken. The works are needed to address current maintenance issues and prolong the bridge’s life.

Stockport will remain open for business and we will ensure we keep people updated throughout the period of the works.

These works are essential and we are doing all we can to keep disruption to a minimum. This includes planning the repairs for the quieter summer months, extending working hours and working with the contractor to keep the closure as short as possible.

Whilst the A6 is closed, a number of alternative routes into and through Stockport town centre will be open and clearly signed. Improvement works on St Mary’s Way will temporarily stop allowing more traffic to use this key road.

The repair works under one of the footways will be completed by the 24th July meaning pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to get along the A6. Cyclists will just need to dismount along this section due to the limited amount of space available. Access to local businesses will also be maintained.

Shops, car parks and businesses across the whole of Stockport town centre will still be open for everyone to visit and enjoy whilst the works are taking place.

Free car parking will be offered at Heaton Lane, Merseyway and Newbridge Lane car parks after 3.00pm throughout the period of the road closure. You may just need to leave a few more minutes for your journey and use our online tools to help you plan your journey.

Stockport Council is serious about investing in our roads and transport networks to make sure people can travel safely into and around Stockport.

These are the most substantial repairs that this section of the bridge has needed in its almost 200 year history and by doing these works we will be ensuring it is safe for use for years to come. Whilst the repairs are taking place, the Council is going to use the opportunity to start its work improving the A6, helping to ensure this important route becomes part of the overall improvements taking place across the town centre.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said: “Whilst we appreciate that this is one of our busiest roads, these repair works to one of Stockport’s oldest bridges are essential and we must do them to ensure public safety.

“Our town centre will still be open for business and there will be lots of ways visitors and shoppers can get into Stockport. We’ll keep everyone up to date with regular updates and make sure the works don’t stop you from continuing to enjoy everything Stockport has to offer.”

To keep updated about the work please visit the A6 Bridge Works web pages or follow us at @SMBC_Roadworks.