Cheshire East starts search for Poynton relief road contractor

Cheshire East Council is looking to appoint a contractor to deliver its £25m Poyton relief road, a new route linking the A6 Airport Relief Road to the A523 by Adlington Travelodge.

The 3km single carriageway secured planning permission in January 2017 and passes through both Cheshire East and Stockport Council areas.

The route runs from a new roundabout junction linked to the A523, past Adlington Business Park, then past the Woodford Aerodrome and under the A5149 Chester Road before linking with the recently-opened A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road.

It forms part of the South East Manchester Multi-Modal Scheme [SEMMMS] which both Cheshire East and Stockport Councils consulted on this summer.

Cheshire East is looking to invite five contractors to tender for the project with a winner chosen in January next year. The design-and-build programme is expected to take 27 months with the road likely to open in 2022.

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So this ridiculous council spends millions gridlocking Poynton with its “shared space” chaos, then decides it needs a bypass to get around the girdlock? Meanwhile poor old macclesfield is STILL waiting for any roads investment at all….

By Frank Fisher

Frank Fisher – Do you not think that gridlocking Poynton was deliberate to help make the case for the bypass?

By 29 Acacia Road

Completely agree with Frank, it worked so much better when there were lights there. Definitely a decision of aesthetics over practicality!

By Mike

Agree with Frank and Mike, the shared space is a sham and creates more problems that it solves.

By Slow Pony

Poynton has improved massively since the shared space scheme was finished. Just look at the number of new and improved units which have been filled. Poynton isn’t just now all about estate agents and hairdressers – the Cask Tavern, Panache, Soho Deli and the wine bar to name a few… The Poynton Bypass will finish the job by taking the lorries out of the centre of the village.

By Anon

Yep, Poynton is booming, there’s far more to it than there was before.


The ‘shared space’ idea was certainly before it’s time, however I believe that a grant meant that it had to be completed back then or not at all, also bear in mind that the SMMMS should have been completed last year, (In fact both projects should have been completed around 20 years ago had cycle lanes and bus routes not taken precedence). When the Poynton bypass is completed in (maybe) 2022 we should see the promised benefits of the shared space, I believe I am not alone in looking forward to a quieter more peaceful Poynton.

By John

Has there been any update on when the work will begin?

By Danny

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