Value: £8m

Client: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Start Date: December 2015

Finish Date: March 2018

This scheme formed part of Stockport Council's Town Centre Access Plan (TCAP) which aims to improve access to and around Stockport town centre by all means of travel and to ease congestion for buses and general road traffic.

This part of the TCAP Scheme will reduce congestion and improve efficiency at St Mary's Way link road in Stockport.

The scope of works includes widening of the carriageway, which enabled the number of traffic lanes to be increased. Two lanes northbound towards the M60 motorway will be provided, and southbound the section of three lanes towards the signal junction at Hall St will be extended providing additional capacity and aid with driver lane selection. The A626 St Mary's Way, between Portwood Roundabout and the A6 was also widened.

To facilitate the proposed widening, major structural works had to take place. This included construction of 2 sheet pile embedded retaining walls to support the existing embankment along both St Mary's Way (150m) and Hempshaw Lane (250m),

On Hempshaw Lane access steps were constructed to the south end of the retaining wall to provide pedestrian access to Hindley Street and the wall has cladded in facing brickwork. A reinforced concrete capping beam was constructed on top of the piles to provide a tie between adjacent piles and to provide a surface for the installation of the pedestrian guardrail.

Captains Bridge on St Mary's Way was widened and the footbridge towards the southern extent was replaced with new.

As part of the works, the existing Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) UTC equipment at various junctions along St Mary's Way was upgraded with improvements to controlled crossing points all of which will be upgraded to Toucan crossing. This included an additional controlled toucan crossing on the northern arm which will link adjacent cycling schemes to the west and east on Newbridge Lane.