Association of Trafford Taxi Drivers


ALTRINCHAM INTERCHANGE - STAMFORD NEW ROAD, ALTRINCHAM
Proposed Experimental Amendments to Traffic Regulation Orders


TRAFFORD METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL
Report to: Executive Member for Environment and Operations
Date: November 2014
Report for: Approval
Report of: Corporate Dire


Report Title
ALTRINCHAM INTERCHANGE - STAMFORD NEW ROAD, ALTRINCHAM
Proposed Experimental Amendments to Traffic Regulation Orders

Summary
A major redevelopment of Altrincham Interchange, due to be completed in November
2014, includes major highway works on Stamford New Road, to the frontage of the
interchange, that incorporate a narrowing of the carriageway and a reconfiguration of
the taxi rank. An amendment to the existing taxi rank traffic order is therefore required
and, due to the narrowing of the carriageway on this section of road, it is considered
that additional loading restrictions are necessary in order to maintain traffic flow. It is
therefore proposed to introduce amended waiting and loading restrictions and to
amend the extent of the taxi rank restrictions as shown on drawing number E8917/01,
and as detailed in Schedule 1 to this report. The necessary consequential revocations
of existing orders are described in Schedule 2 to this report. It is proposed to introduce
these changes experimentally to allow their effects to be monitored and any changes
to be made prior to consideration being given to their being made permanent

Recommendations
Members are asked to agree the following:
1. That authorisation be given to make the Experimental Traffic Order as detailed in
the schedules to this report, that notice of making the Order is published and that
the provisions of the Order be implemented.
2. That any objections received during the relevant periods of objection be reported
back to Members for consideration.
3. That authority be delegated to the Corporate Director of Economic Growth,
Environment and Infrastructure to make and advertise any amendments or
variations to the Experimental Traffic Order as they see fit in accordance with the
provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
4. That any proposals to make the provisions of the Experimental Traffic Order
(including any amendments) permanent be reported to Members for approval.

Contact person for access to background papers and further information:
Name: Andrew Hague
Extension: 4393
Background Papers: Project file.


1.0 BACKGROUND
1.1 A major redevelopment of Altrincham Interchange is currently underway and is
due to be completed in November 2014. The redeveloped interchange will
provide a fully accessible, modern facility that will improve access to and
interchange between bus, train and tram services.
1.2 Forming part of this investment are major highway works on Stamford New
Road, to the frontage of the interchange, between Moss Lane/Cross Street and
Stamford Street/Grosvenor Road. These works include a narrowing of the
carriageway of Stamford New Road and a reconfiguration of the taxi rank.
1.3 These highway works necessitate a review of existing Traffic Regulation Orders
(TROs) on this length of Stamford New Road. An amendment to the existing
taxi rank TRO is required and, due to the narrowing of the carriageway on this
section of road, it is considered that additional loading restrictions are
necessary in order to maintain traffic flow.


2.0 PROPOSALS
2.1 Existing waiting and loading restrictions, and the extent of the existing taxi rank
order, on the section of Stamford New Road to the frontage of Altrincham
Interchange are shown on drawing E8917/01. The proposed amended waiting
and loading restrictions, and the extent of the proposed taxi rank order, are
shown on the lower panel of drawing E8917/01.
2.2 It is proposed to retain the existing No Waiting At Any Time and No Loading At
Any Time restrictions that extend for a distance of 19 metres on both sides of
Stamford New Road from its junction with Moss Lane and Cross Street, to
protect the approach to and exit from the traffic signal controlled junction.
Similarly, recognising the servicing needs of frontage retail and commercial
properties, it is proposed to retain the existing No Waiting At Any Time and
peak hour No Loading restrictions (Monday – Saturday, 7.30 – 9.30am and 4 –
6.30pm) to the frontage of The Station Hotel on the north westerly side and
numbers 3 and 5 Stamford House on the south easterly side.
2.3 On the north westerly side of Stamford New Road, extending from the above
point to the frontage of Station House as shown on the drawing, taking into
account the nature of the frontage premises and, where appropriate, the
availability of alternative servicing facilities, it is proposed to extend the existing
Monday – Saturday loading restrictions to operate on all days between 7am
and the following 2am. This is in order to prevent on-carriageway servicing that
might otherwise obstruct the free flow of traffic on the narrowed section of
Stamford New Road. Again, recognising the servicing needs of Station House,
it is proposed to retain a length of existing No Waiting At Any Time and working
day No Loading restrictions (Monday – Saturday, 8.00am – 6.00pm) as shown
on the drawing. The length of this side of Stamford New Road between these
retained restrictions and the junction with Stamford Street is on the inside of a
bend where the presence of parked or servicing vehicles would be potentially
hazardous, and it is therefore proposed over this length, as shown on the drawing, to retain the existing No Waiting At Any Time restrictions and extend    

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2.4 On the south easterly side of Stamford New Road it is proposed to retain the
existing No Waiting At Any Time and No Loading At Any Time restrictions to the
frontage of number 1 Stamford House. The frontage of the Interchange
(between the entry and exit points) is largely occupied by the revised taxi rank
and it is proposed to amend the extent of the existing No Stopping Except Taxis
restriction accordingly. It is proposed, over the remainder of the frontage of the
Interchange, as shown on the drawing, to amend the existing No Waiting At
Any Time restrictions to additionally incorporate a loading restriction that would
operate on all days between 7am and the following 2am. Again, this is in order
to prevent on-carriageway waiting and servicing that might otherwise obstruct
the free flow of traffic on the narrowed section of Stamford New Road. The
existing puffin crossing will be retained, although the extent of the controlled
area has been amended to accommodate the revised highway layout. To the
north east of the Interchange entrance the existing No Waiting At Any Time
restrictions would be retained, although bus stop clearway markings will be
introduced as necessary.
2.5 It is proposed to introduce these changes by means of an experimental traffic
order made under Sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Experimental orders offer greater flexibility than permanent orders in
circumstances where it is appropriate to monitor the effects of the restrictions
and to have the ability to make any changes that are considered necessary.
Unlike a permanent order, an experimental traffic order can only remain in force
for a maximum period of 18 months, following which the Council would be able
to consider making the order permanent. There is no mechanism for objections
to be made prior to the introduction of an experimental order; once in force
objections may be made to the order being made permanent and these must
be made within six months of the day that the experimental order, or any
modifications to it, are brought into force.
2.6 The proposed restrictions are described in Schedule 1 below and the
necessary consequential revocations in Schedule 2.
3.0 VIEWS OF CONSULTEES
3.1 Chief Constable’s View: awaited.
3.2 Chief Fire Officer’s View: awaited.
3.3 Transport for Greater Manchester’s View: awaited.
3.4 Ambulance Service’s View: awaited.
3.5 Hackney Carriage Driver/Operator Representative’s View: awaited
3.6 Ward Members’ Comments: awaited.