by Iain Roberts on 20 January, 2016
It seems that barely a day goes by without one or more crashes on key roads in the area bringing traffic to a halt.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a BMW lost control speeding through the Gatley lights and caused a seven-car pile up, closing Kingsway for several hours on Monday night.
On Tuesday it was a three-car crash at Portwood Roundabout causing long queues on the M60.
And we all know these aren’t isolated events – at the moment it’s more surprising when there isn’t a rush-hour crash somewhere on the network around Greater Manchester.
Accidents sadly happen. The Police have made two arrests following the Kingsway incident which looks like a case of reckless driving that so nearly had fatal consequences, and our first thoughts are of course with those injured in these accidents.
But we also need to look at a transport system that all too often gives no alternatives. We all know that when traffic is queueing back through Gatley and out the other side, it’s normally down to a problem on the M60 or M56 pushing cars onto our roads in an attempt to avoid the jams. Can’t blame people for that – most of us will do the same elsewhere.
If we have more tram and train routes people have alternatives. Right now if I want to go into Manchester city centre I can drive, catch a bus, take the train or drive to Parrs Wood and pick up a tram. If there’s a problem on the roads, I’ll avoid car and bus. If the trains are cancelled I can get the tram. We need those options for a lot more of our journeys around Greater Manchester.
That’s just one of the reasons Keith and the Lib Dem team are campaigning for an orbital tram/train route through Cheadle and Gatley with new stops and for a study into the A34 route to see how we can deal with not only all the traffic using it now but the extra traffic we know will be coming in the next few years,19 Comments