Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Triple Whammy' Has Put Us on the Road to Chaos ; Tram and Bypass Work Sparks Residents' furyThey Fear Car Park Plan Will Make It Even Worse

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Triple Whammy' Has Put Us on the Road to Chaos ; Tram and Bypass Work Sparks Residents' furyThey Fear Car Park Plan Will Make It Even Worse

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NEIGHBOURS have told of their fury over a 'triple whammy' of roadworks bringing chaos to Wythenshawe.

People living in Moss Nook say construction work to bring trams to the estate and Manchester Airport has caused logjams for drivers.

They say their misery is being worsened by other work taking place at the same time - including foundations being laid for work on SEMMS, the A6 to Manchester Airport relief road.

And the airport has submitted plans for a 9,000-space long stay car park, which residents claim will cause further problems in the area during construction.

Ringway Road, Shadowmoss Road, Simonsway and Styal Road, including Trenchard Drive, are all affected.

People living in the area say their cars and gardens have been covered with dust during the Metrolink work.

They also claim that building machinery wakes them every morning - and lorry drivers beep to each other as they pass on the road outside their homes.

Metrolink work means residents are cut off from Shadowmoss Road so what would be a two-minute walk now takes 10 minutes.

Buses can't make it up to Ringway Road either, leaving some pensioners stranded.

Metrolink bosses have now apologised to residents living near the airport.

Ken Wedderburn, who lives in Moss Nook, said: "It's like a three- pronged attack. All the work that is happening is destroying our lives as we know them and carving a huge wedge into our community.

"The dust covers everything with a film and is back minutes after we wash it off, the noise is terrible, the road is blocked and people are parking in front of our driveways and speeding down our roads.

"Now we are holding our breath for SEMMS and this huge car park, which is going to destroy some of the little greenfield we have left." Emma Philips, 38, who needs regular visits to Wythenshawe Hospital, said: "It now takes me half an hour to get to the nearest bus stop to get to hospital, it's not fair. …

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