The River Goyt acted as a natural barrier, preventing people from travelling on foot or by bike. The routes available to cyclists and pedestrians between Marple and Stockport town centre were on busy main A roads. Not only are the roads narrow, steep and frequently congested, but they also had limited or no footway available.
“ I was delighted that the scheme attracted the support of the public in a national vote. This new river crossing will be a vital and well-used link between local communities in the east of the borough. ”
Sustrans built a new foot and cycle bridge over the River Goyt and new paths connecting Marple more easily to the south side of Romiley. On the busy Otterspool Road, a toucan crossing was installed, opening up access to the bridleway leading to Bredbury and the Jim Fearnley Bridge over the River Goyt toward Offerton. The new bridge was designed to complete a traffic free walking, cycling and horse-riding route crossing the wooded Goyt Valley and linking to Chadkirk County Park.
The new route has dramatically improved community links within Stockport, giving local people the chance to make more of their journeys without having to rely on a car. The new bridge and connecting paths mean that the people of Marple and Stockport can travel through beautiful countryside between the two towns. Local residents feel that the route is the most convenient and safest way to get to their destination. This is particularly true for children getting to Marple Hall School and Cheadle and Marple College. The route has also extended and enhanced the National Cycle Network, improving connections between Greater Manchester, the Cheshire Countryside and the Peak District National Park.
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