The road is aimed at easing congestion and unlocking land for redevelopment. Credit: via Trafford Council

Cost of Carrington Relief Road rockets on inflation 

Trafford Council estimates the total cost of the infrastructure project could reach £66m, a significant increase on the original estimate of £34m. 

The authority has put forward a trio of revised cost estimates for the creation of Carrington Relief Road. The best-case scenario would result in a £50m outlay, while the worst-case scenario has been calculated at £66m.  

Trafford anticipates the actual cost of the Carrington Relief Road is likely to be around £56m. 

The biggest contributor to the rise in cost is inflation, which could add up to £10m to the price of the project, according to Trafford Council. 

The authority is due to discuss using compulsory purchase powers to buy the land required to develop the project at a meeting of its executive next week. 

“Our preference will be to negotiate with landowners to come to a voluntary settlement but it is worth using CPOs so we can get the road built as soon as is practical,” said Cllr Aidan Williams, Trafford Council’s executive member for climate change and transport strategy. 

Subject to the successful acquisition of land, a planning application for the scheme will be submitted in 2023, with work due to start in 2024 and complete in 2027. 

The Carrington Relief Road is intended to take traffic away from the narrow A6144 Carrington Lane and Manchester Road, alleviating congestion, and boosting network capacity to unlock future development in the Carrington area, specifically the former Shell petrochemical works.   

So far, Trafford has secured around £24m of the funding required for the project, according to an executive report. 

The council is “horizon scanning for other sources of funding from other central government sources and is preparing submissions accordingly”, the report states. 

“Residents have suffered long enough with constant traffic through the area,” Cllr Williams said. “Creating the relief road will create better home life, free from the noise and exhaust fumes that pollute the air. 

“The road unlocks so much potential for Carrington and Partington. As a council, we are committed to making sure our residents have access to jobs, and that our businesses can flourish. Having proper infrastructure in place that also promotes active travel like cycling is an essential part of that and this is what the relief road will provide.” 

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Time to cancel then. We don’t need new roads in the middle of a climate crisis.

By Anonymous

“Residents have suffered long enough with constant traffic through the area,” how many residents are suffering?, not many i assume, the real reason is how much land can we unlock..get it done and stop making excuses if the deals too good to be true

By Anonymous

Just get it built and then build as many decent sized new homes as possible!


What does this mean for the thousands of houses planned at a Carrington? Significant issues for housing and employment provision for GM and Trafford if there are delays with no back up plan. How did a site with no realistic plan for infrastructure delivery make it through the planning process?

By Anonymous

It’s ok. The UK taxpayer will fund it. As per usual.

By Mrs Anon

More roads, more vehicles, more carbon dioxide emissions, choke everyone to death with coal-fired-power-stations to power EV’s!
You’re not going to reverse whatever you call it for now climate change, be another buzz word soon.
It’s too late but you can dream on!

By Andy Grey Rider

The Carrington Relief Road should have been built PRIOR to allowing hundreds of new homes to be built in Partington which has already caused issues with limited local amenities

By SSammut

it just moves the congestion a couple of miles up the road to the Carrington Spur junction. It will still be chaos

By Anonymous

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