Bridge works disruption warning for commuters


Commuters in and around Stockport in Greater Manchester are being warned over disruption likely to be caused by repair work to a bridge which runs under the A6 in the town centre.

A section of the road between Exchange Street (Garrick Theatre) and Heaton Lane will be closed from Monday, July 24 so the work to prolong the bridge’s life can begin.

Stockport Council says the town will remain open for business.

“These work are essential and we are doing all we can to keep disruption to a minimum,” a spokesperson said. “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.

While the A6 is closed, a number of alternative routes into and through Stockport town centre will be signed.

They will include St Mary’s Way where the improvement works will temporarily stop to allow more traffic to use the road.  All diversion routes will be fully signed.

Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to use the bridge and access to local businesses will be maintained.

Shops, car parks and businesses across the whole of the 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 and Merseyway car parks after 3pm throughout the period of the road closure.

Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council said: “Whilst we appreciate that this is one of our busiest roads, the town centre will remain open for business while these essential repairs take place and we work hard to ensure that one of Stockport’s oldest bridges continues to be safe for use in the future.

“There will still be many ways for everyone to get into and around Stockport and we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruption.  The town centre will still be open and will still be accessible.  We’ll keep everyone up to date with regular updates and signage to make sure the works don’t stop you from continuing to enjoy everything Stockport has to offer.”