REC consultants recently provided environmental support to Greater Manchester’s first park and ride scheme. The plans will see a free 455 space car park for commuters, a terminus building and associated facilites built on a plot of wasteland at the junction of Buxton Road and Macclesfield Road in Hazel Grove, Stockport. This three million pound scheme aims to cut 6,000 car journeys every month and in turn reduce exhaust emission levels. The scheme also aims to cut the numbers of cars parking in Stockport and Manchester, and to ease congestion at Stepping Hill Hospital.
REC provided Air Quality and Noise Assessments in support of the planning application. These identified potential impacts as a result of the scheme and considered both beneficial effects as a result of less traffic travelling through Stockport, and adverse impacts for local residents associated with vehicles using the new car-park. The results of the assessments indicated that there would not be a noticable change in existing conditions in the proximity of the site, should the development proceed, and the benefits of the scheme would be seen over the wider area. The application will now be considered by Stockport Council over the coming weeks with construction scheduled to start in early 2013.
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