Residents to have their say on borough's highway network via independent survey

The National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey will hit the doorsteps of at least 3,300 Stopfordians from Monday, June 7

Residents to have their say on borough's highway network via independent survey

Stopfordians are being asked for their views on Stockport Council’s highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities.

Their answers will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England & Scotland, thanks to the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey.

Stockport Council is one of 111 Local Authorities, including the 10 authorities in Greater Manchester, to sign up to a standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Somerset, Sheffield or Stockport.

Stockport has recently completed its £73million Town Centre Access Plan (TCAP), which has made it easier for everyone to travel into and around Stockport town centre, regardless of how they travel.

The authority has improved roads and junctions, providing better access and enhancing our cycling and walking routes. In addition, the council has secured £25million of funding from the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Walking and Cycling Fund to create new active travel routes across the borough.

Work has also started on transforming Stockport’s Interchange, which will feature a new two acre park on the roof; 200 new high quality apartments; state-of the-art transport facilities; and improved links between the interchange and rail station.

The survey, which is being run for the 14th year, is the largest collaboration between Local Authorities offering the opportunity to compare results, share in best practice and identify further opportunities to work together in the future.

The questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of at least 3,300 of Stockport residents from Monday, June 7, followed by a reminder, with local and national results to be published in late-October 2021. Since the survey is based on a sample, residents that receive a copy are being urged to take part.

Residents that receive the questionnaire can complete the survey online if they prefer, a short URL link will be printed on the front of the questionnaire and they will be required to enter a code before completing the questionnaire.

The results will enable us to find out what people Stockport think about these important services. This will provide one of several ways Stockport can assess how it is performing. It gives the public an opportunity to say which services they think the Council should prioritise, and improve.

Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said: “We are committed to finding out what our residents think about our highways and transport services.

“There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas of best practice and to spot national, regional and local trends.

“This is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical area over another; it is about understanding residents’ views better and working together to deliver the most satisfactory, yet efficient, outcomes for our borough.”