New transport plan includes bus service linking Wilmslow to Manchester Airport and East Didsbury

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A new bus service linking Wilmslow to Manchester Airpot and East Didsbury could be introduced to improve transport across north Cheshire, Stockport and south east Manchester, through their SEMMM strategy (South East Manchester Multi-Modal Strategy).

In order to improve transport networks the (SEMMM) Strategy, which was approved in 2001, is being updated to identify transport priorities across south east Manchester until 2040.

The new strategy, which is subject to a consultation until Monday 2nd July, sets out a range of projects to improve public transport, as well as road, walking and cycle links.

Amongst the recommendations is a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service which would operate routes from Wilmslow to Manchester Airport and Wilmslow to East Didsbury Metrolink.

The Strategy recommends three new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services. These would broadly operate:

• Stockport - Hazel Grove - Bramhall - Woodford - Handforth - Stanley Green – Heald Green – Manchester Airport.

• Wilmslow - Handforth - Stanley Green – Heald Green – Manchester Airport

• Wilmslow - Handforth - - Stanley Green - Cheadle - East Didsbury Metrolink stop.

The detail of these routes is currently being developed through a study commissioned by TfGM along with local authorities. It is hoped that the Wilmslow services could also have the potential to be extended to Macclesfield in the future.

To support the effective operation of these services, it is recommended that new bus priority is introduced in the following areas:

• New offline bus only link between Woodford and Handforth.

• New offline bus only link between Stanley Green and Bruntwood Park.

• On-street bus priority on the A34, northbound from its junctions with Wilmslow Road.

• Bus priority on the southbound A34 slip road at its junctions with Wilmslow Road.

As well as the new BRT service, it is being recommended that the case is developed for new rail stations at Stanley Green and Cheadle.

Whilst recommendations for walking and cycling schemes may include:

• Completing the Wilmslow to Manchester Airport cycle route.

• Local route improvements for access in and around Wilmslow and Macclesfield.

• New routes connecting Alderley Park and Waters to Wilmslow Rail Station.

Whilst the plan looks ahead to 2040, some actions which have been identified as important for development and implementation in the short term, to bring benefits immediately.

These include increasing car parking and park and ride facilities at selected rail stations including Wilmslow, Handforth, Heald Green, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Marple, Gatley and Macclesfield stations.

Other short term projects include improvements to routes in and around Wilmslow - to the rail station, key employment sites and education sites - and the completion of a fully signed Wilmslow to Manchester Airport cycleway, using on and off-street routes.

Whilst each of the projects identified is seen as important, this consultation does not give a green light for work to begin on any of them. Each project will be subject to its own consultation as it progresses and business cases are developed.

Residents are able to have their say online at or by attending one of the drop-in events that will be running.

Residents and all those interested can find out about both projects at public events being held at Honford Hall in Handforth from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday 31st May and Wilmslow Library from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday 20th June. Infrastructure and highways planners will be on hand to discuss concerns with visitors.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Pete Taylor
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 1:28 pm
Bus lanes on the A34 by-pass?
Robert Bracegirdle
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 2:27 pm
More detail please. With buses withdrawn from Wilmslow-Airport and Macclesfield-Manchester one wonders how any new Service will work.

Connection to park and ride at East Didsbury will have to be as often as the trams to be of use. Hourly service would be useless. And it would have to run until at least 2330hrs. Frequency and hours of service are vital.

East Midlands airport service to surrounding towns and villages is 24/7. Match that!
David Smith
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 6:16 pm
First impression: BONKERS and probably PUT TOGETHER BY CHILDREN - as are all our planning descisions. I'll apologise at a later date and posting if I am convinced otherwise and in the meantime will assemble a reasoned rsponse that explains my comment so far.
Malcolm Elliott
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 7:43 pm
Nice map Lisa.
A 'Legend' would help to make sense of some of the squiggles.
Gordon Hyslop
Friday 25th May 2018 at 6:09 am
Bus Lanes! Absolute nonsense, will be empty of buses or one empty bus When will these idiots realise that people travel in their own cars? Making a two lane road into a one lane one to accommodate buses means traffic congestion. Liverpool have seen sense and got rid of their’s, our idiots want to introduce more Traffic flow is more important why can’t we turn left on red, for example?
Keir Faulkner
Sunday 27th May 2018 at 6:34 pm
The D&G 130 Macc' Airport ceases on June 29th, LACK OF CUSTOM
Robert Taylor
Tuesday 5th June 2018 at 9:54 pm
David Smith - More care required; you are confusing Development Management / Policy Planning Officers with Transport Planners which are completely different disciplines.
David Smith
Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 8:59 am
Robert Taylor: thanks for the observation. I am aware they are not the same planners - but equally, people employed to make decisions on the environment in which we live.
Dave Cash
Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 9:56 am
Is D&G about to be taken over by Northern Fail?
Russell Young
Saturday 16th June 2018 at 12:06 pm
Dave Cash - Northern Fail is German government owned Arriva. Be careful what you wish for.
As for this 'plan', political grandstanding, nothing more. It'll never happen. Quite amusing though, to see their poor grasp of reality on display, for all to see.
Pete Taylor
Sunday 17th June 2018 at 10:08 am
I’m currently using the local bus services in Cornwall, the difference between what is provided here and Cheshire East is startling. A network of regular seven-day routes seems to service almost every small village.
Gemma Evans
Monday 18th June 2018 at 4:22 pm
Russell Young - For clarity Arriva PLC have a head office in Sunderland and were awarded a rail franchise on terms set out by the Conservative government in Westminster, which includes the replacement of guards with customer service assistants on certain services (what the RMT Union are striking over and referring to as Driver Only Operation.) The terms were also based on Network Rail (a British state owned company) completing electrification work to specific deadlines and they've missed each one of them, one of the reasons for the missed deadlines was they subcontracted to Carillion. Arriva PLC is owned by Deutsche Bahn (a German state owned company) but their investment in Arriva has been a failure and they've reportedly made losses from it.

D&G Bus has two directors on its' board, one is Julian Peddle. If you remember the yellow buses belonging to Stevensons in the 1990s, that was his previous company, which he later sold to - Arriva.

However, regarding these plans, they smell very much like Michael Jones' fantasy scheme for trams running on the streets of Crewe.