Contractor Graham has begun work on the long-awaited £53m Poynton Relief Road.
Graham is now undertaking enabling works to clear parts of the site and prepare the ground for construction. The road will join the A6 Manchester Relief Road to the A523.
Following a dual planning process – part of the land concerned is within Stockport’s remit – the design and build contract was awarded in autumn 2019 to Graham, which has since been undertaking detailed design and site surveys, including ecological surveys and the creation of new ecological habitats.
The 3km road is expected to open to traffic in autumn 2022.
The northern end of the route is to connect to a junction on the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, The route would then pass under the A5149 Chester Road to the west of Poynton, continuing south to cross the Woodford aerodrome runway
At the southern end of the scheme, the route would pass to the west of Adlington Business Park before connecting to a new roundabout junction to the west of the Adlington Travel Lodge. Links from this roundabout would allow the relief road to connect into the A523 London Road and Adlington Golf Centre.
Poynton Relief Road will be single carriageway, with the project set to include two overbridge crossings for use by walkers, cyclists and farm vehicles. A 3.5m-wide combined cycle and footway will run beside the length of the route on the western side of the main carriageway.
Cllr Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council said, “The council sees this scheme as a key priority in our major infrastructure plans to improve connections across the whole borough.
“The Poynton Relief Road is a critical part of delivering our vision for sustainable economic growth. It will create jobs, address the longstanding problems of congestion in and around Poynton and improve access to Macclesfield and other key strategic employment and visitor sites.”
Cheshire East’s contribution is £21m towards the cost of the scheme, with C&W LEP providing £5.6m from the government’s Growth Deal and the Department for Transport providing £16.4m. A total of £7.7m is expected to come from developer contributions.