Planning applications submitted for multi-million pound A34 corridor scheme

Two applications have been submitted for two parts of the scheme near Kingsway School and the Eden Roundabout

Planning applications submitted for multi-million pound A34 corridor scheme

Planning applications have been submitted for elements of a multi-million scheme that will ease congestion and enhance sustainable travel along the A34 corridor.

In June, the Government announced it would invest £33.6 million in the A34 Corridor Improvement Scheme to ease congestion and enhance walking and cycling accessibility along the corridor.

The scheme will build on the success of the walking and cycling network created on the A555 link road and will generate £76.8 million in direct economic benefits by supporting the development of more than 2,500 new homes and 33.3 hectares of employment space, while boosting transport links to Manchester Airport and HS2.

The project will create new opportunities for clean, active travel since it includes the construction of a segregated pedestrian and cycle route running along the A34 corridor.

The majority of the scheme can be built without the need for planning consent under the Council’s Highway powers, however there are two elements of the scheme, which require planning permission: the Kingsway Subway and Eden Park Roundabout.

For the Kingsway Subway, the planning application covers the replacement of the existing substandard Kingsway subway beneath the A34 at the junction of Kingsway, Broadway and Foxland Road. The proposed new subway will provide a fully accessible improved east/west walking and cycling crossing of the A34, improving connectivity for Kingsway’s School split site. It also includes lighting, landscaping and drainage works.

The planning application for Eden Park roundabout includes a new section of highway on the west of the Eden Park roundabout connecting to Wilmslow Road; a two-way cycle lane and pedestrian footpath (linking up to other elements of the scheme); and landscaping works.

The new western arm will ease congestion on the route and has been modelled to ensure that it will cope with future traffic levels. It will also provide pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle access into the new housing development at Griffin Farm.

A two-way cycle lane will run along both the northern and southern edge of the new link road, alongside a pedestrian footpath. The new link road will connect to the link road under construction by Bloor Homes. This will connect through the housing development, and link to Wilmslow Road.

Some of the site investigation works will start this week and last for two to three weeks. This has been arranged to be in advance of the main Christmas period, with further investigation works to follow in the New Year.