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Title: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on January 26, 2015, 07:00:57 PM
Hello,

My partner and I are considering relocating to Marple. Currently he in Manchester and I'm in Bristol, though I've lived and worked across Manchester and Stockport. I plan to start looking for work in the north but what I'm not sure about is what areas are feasible if I wanted to live in Marple and use a car for work?
I know the trains are good, which means my partner would be fine, but my job (social worker) requires me to have my car to do my job so train commutes aren't an option. On the plus side I m flexible about where I apply - I was thinking possibly Stockport, tameside (denton) or Macclesfield.. Or is driving anywhere from Marple in rush hour a nightmare?
Bristol is notorious for traffic but as I live in the centre and work in south I have free run going past everyone queuing to get into the city - I don't know if there's any equivalents with Marple?
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: ringi on January 26, 2015, 10:34:37 PM
Personally I think you would be better finding your job first, or at least renting until you know where you are going to be working.

The roads are a pain in the rush hour, but there are so many nice locations round Manchester with good trains services.      Partly it depends if you will have to be in the office for 9, or if you can start the day with a house call.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on January 26, 2015, 11:45:56 PM
We will be renting to begin with but I'd still like to avoid having an impossible commute even renting. And whilst some days I'll do early visits its by no means guaranteed - I have to assume I'd need to be in work for 8.45. The type of work I do is quite high demand, poor staff retention means most authorities recruit once or twice a year. So without being arrogant I don't anticipate securing a job being the hard part, just that my partner has his heart set on living in marple if at all possible. Its the draw of the peaks for cycling - not many places in south Manc with good cycling from the door.

It was part the reason I retrained - to go into a profession that meant I could work anywhere - learnt that after being in a niche role in central birmingham before...never again!
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: admin on January 27, 2015, 06:17:33 AM
There are a number of other threads about relocating / commuting from Marple and they would be worth a read. Here are the ones I can find at the moment:

http://www.marple-uk.com/smf/index.php?topic=5417.0

http://www.marple-uk.com/smf/index.php?topic=4198.0

http://www.marple-uk.com/smf/index.php?topic=1223.0

One possibility as a Social Worker is that if you worked for Stockport Council then you could be located in the offices at Marple Memorial Park. That would mean you could walk or cycle to work.

Without repeating all the detail in the other treads, the key to commuting via Dan Bank in the direction of Stockport and the M60 is to leave no later than 7am. In other directions I believe it's not so bad but don't have any direct experience.

Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on January 27, 2015, 07:44:07 AM
Thanks, I did have a look through the existing threads before posting and they all seem to reference writing in Manchester city centre - which I've already ruled out for obvious reasons! I can see there's a definite bottleneck around Dan Bank, I suppose what I was trying to get at was whether the geography  of the area means that getting out of the Marple in the morning means getting caught up in that gridlock for the m60 no matter what route you're actually taking. In Bristol there's a comparable rule to live and commute so you don't have to cross the m32 (which dissects the city) as it trebles the journey time.
Maybe I'll just have to take some holiday in Marple and have some early morning experiments!
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: elpram on January 27, 2015, 06:18:49 PM
One of the mums at school is a social worker in Thameside (I think offices are in Ashton) so I guess that is do-able...
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: marplerambler on January 27, 2015, 10:23:24 PM
Rose Hill to Guide Bridge train then frequent bus service to Ashton.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: pauljonespm on January 28, 2015, 12:19:10 AM
Tameside hospital from Marple is thirty to forty minutes in the morning leaving about 8:20am.
Over werneth low saves the dan bank and bredbury headaches.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Bowden Guy on January 28, 2015, 10:58:40 AM
Holly, remember that Derbyshire also starts just a few miles south east of Marple. You might be able to get a job with them, possibly at New Mills, which is a much easier journey. Just make sure they can't transfer you to Long Eaton!
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on January 28, 2015, 11:36:33 PM
Thanks all, very useful. Tameside has social workers based at the hospital, Hyde and Denton so that's definitely a possibility. I will look at Derbyshire though usually rural teams require you to work across a larger area so it's something to check.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on March 18, 2015, 09:59:03 AM
So a bit of research tells me my options for office bases (Derbyshire is out as the closest local team is Buxton)-

Stockport city centre
Cheadle
Denton
Macclesfield town centre.

Stockport are having a restructure so will keep an eye as Stockport would be my first choice if it is possible to work in south Stockport rather than central - other than that I think my first choice would be macclesfield. Having visited Marple more over the last few months we are more determined to finding a way of joining you guys :)

Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: willow on March 18, 2015, 12:21:46 PM
Marple to Macclesfield wouldn't be my favourite commute by car due to traffic at Dan Bank. Are you thinking of driving?
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Duke Fame on March 18, 2015, 12:22:54 PM
Marple to Stockport is blighted by only having one road in & out but it's only 4 miles and although slow, it will only take 1/2 hr. I tend to avoid the peak times and the commute can be just 20mins if I leave a after 8.45.

If I commute between 7 & 8.30 I tend to get the bike out.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Duke Fame on March 18, 2015, 12:23:51 PM
Marple to Macclesfield wouldn't be my favourite commute by car due to traffic at Dan Bank. Are you thinking of driving?

That's not the way to go, go to the A6 and run parallel to Middlewood lane.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: wheels on March 18, 2015, 12:26:55 PM
Or just cycle Marple to Macclesfield in the Middlewood Way
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: wheels on March 18, 2015, 12:54:18 PM
Marple to Stockport is blighted by only having one road in & out but it's only 4 miles and although slow, it will only take 1/2 hr. I tend to avoid the peak times and the commute can be just 20mins if I leave a after 8.45.

If I commute between 7 & 8.30 I tend to get the bike out.

This is worrying. I am either cycling or driving at the same time as Duke. Seriously he is totally correct in all he says above
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on March 18, 2015, 02:23:26 PM
Have to have the car for the job, so the only way I'd avoid traffic is if chose not to live in Marple or if I changed careers!
I could live with slow traffic to Stockport as long as it generally moves, and if its a short distance. Have previously had commutes where I'd find myself avoiding going home because the journey was so bad, but I don't think Marple is quite on that scale.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Dave on March 18, 2015, 03:41:25 PM
(Derbyshire is out as the closest local team is Buxton)

It's only about 30 minutes drive to Buxton, quite a pleasant route, and you would be going against the flow of most other commuters.  Given what others have correctly written about the traffic congestion between Marple and Stockport, Cheadle or Macclesfield, I wouldn't entirely rule Buxton out. 
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: alison on March 18, 2015, 06:39:47 PM
Not done the commute to Macc for a good few years, but when I did, I went via higher disley unless it was really icy. Really nice route, pretty quick, loved seeing the seasons change, but you do have to watch out for kamikaze sheep.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Belly on March 19, 2015, 02:33:44 PM
Marple to Macc via the Ridge and Higher Disley shouldn't take more than 40 minutes. I currently drive to Wilmslow (through Poynton) and that doesn't take more than 40 minutes and its stop / start for chunks of the route. My experience of the Macc Rd via Disley is that its a lovely free flowing thing - albeit very rural and naughty if the weather turns.

Leaving Marple by the back door (i.e. Windelhurst Road to the A6) is fine of a morning - the odd queue at the lights but generally nothing too bad. Beats the hell out of sturggling down Dan Bank. I don't think I could stand the slow commute to Stockport by car, given how quickly you can get there at other times of the day.
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Dizzy Penguin on March 19, 2015, 02:58:19 PM
Leaving Marple by the back door (i.e. Windelhurst Road to the A6) is fine of a morning - the odd queue at the lights but generally nothing too bad.

Ssssshhhh.... we want it to stay that way!

Umm actually people it's horrendous. Don't do it. Stick to Dan Bank.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: amazon on March 19, 2015, 03:04:15 PM
Ssssshhhh.... we want it to stay that way!

Umm actually people it's horrendous. Don't do it. Stick to Dan Bank.  ;) ;)
Maybe better when the new motorway gets done they've allready started near Brookside garden centre .....
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Razzle24 on March 19, 2015, 03:53:53 PM
Leaving Marple by the back door (i.e. Windelhurst Road to the A6) is fine of a morning - the odd queue at the lights but generally nothing too bad. Beats the hell out of sturggling down Dan Bank.

I go down Windlehust Road at 7.45 in the morning, and it is really busy as is going over the train track  to get to Poynton.  It will get a lot busier once the bypass opens :(
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: Holly on March 19, 2015, 09:13:04 PM
Well one of the benefits of the job is a degree of flexi time and the ability to organise my own diary, so whilst it would start off 8;30-5ish, there would be scope for adjustment. Its a bugger I need to use my car in work, would be so much nicer cycling!
Title: Re: Possibly relocating - advice on commuting
Post by: woodmaz on May 04, 2015, 03:14:23 PM
I'm alone in a 4-bed house in Marple Bridge, nice view, if you want to visit or lodge for a bit.  I agree with others that the best commute wd be to Macc, rather than Stockport.  I cycle/run a lot round here and it's a great base.
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