Friday, 5 November 2010
Manchester's most congested road revealed. Solution - build a huge Tesco to make it twice as bad
A nationwide study has confirmed that Greater Manchester has some of the worst traffic jams in the UK.
The report by traffic management company INRIX analysed the movement of motorway traffic in Britain's 25 largest metropolitan areas.
The study identified Manchester's top ten most congested roads with the Mottram section of the M67 the worst bottleneck in the area
Manchester is the second most congested area in the UK, according to the latest research by INRIX.
It claimed that motorists who take a 30 minute commute each morning and evening spend on average 72.2 hours a year in traffic.
But some sections of the Manchester motorway network are responsible for the majority of the commuter snarl ups.
For instance, the worst time and place to travel is the M67 approaching Mottram-in-Longdendale at 5 - 6pm on Fridays where the average speed is just 5 mph.
That means that if you happen to be heading home by car on the M67 on a Friday evening you could conceivably walk the final two miles of the motorway faster than it would take to drive.
The top ten most congested roads in Gtr Manchester as follows:
1. M67 - Mottram in Longdendale junction (A57)
2. Princess Parkway A5103 / Mancunian Way
3. M61 - Jct 3 Kearsley
4. M60 - Jct 14 Swinton
5. M67 - M60 Denton interchange
6. M60 - Jct 10 Trafford Centre
7. M56 - Jct 2 Sharston
8. M61 - Jct 2 Walkden
9. M61 - Jct 1, M60 Wardley Interchange
10. M60 - Jct 11 Barton BBC News
And then today we hear; New Tesco superstore for Hattersley gets final go ahead
Controversial plans for a Tesco superstore in Hattersley have been given the final seal of approval by the Secretary of State.
The development, which was given the go-ahead last month by Tameside council planners, has divided opinion across the borough with around 2,000 people writing to minister Eric Pickles calling for it to be scrapped.
Plans were passed to his office for Mr Pickles to consider - a routine procedure for such developments.
But now the Secretary of State has ruled that he will not intervene.
The store, at the junction of Stockport Road and Ashworth Lane, could be open by early 2012 and promises to create at least 450 jobs as well as a 'district hub' including a library and community centre.
Campaigners claimed it was not needed and would cause further congestion on local roads.
The site is jointly owned by Tameside council and Peak Valley Housing.
Coun Jim Fitzpatrick said: "This is excellent news and adds to the regeneration and redevelopment of the area." Manchester Evening News