Majority ‘support airport relief road’

Stockport Council said nearly 9,000 people responded to the public consultation into the proposed A6 to Manchester Airport relief road.

The first phase of consultation ran between 22 October 2012 and 25 January 2013 and included questions asking for an overall opinion of the scheme as well as views on a number of junction options to help determine a preferred scheme.

There were 8,737 responses to the questionnaire, as well as attendance at exhibitions and local liaison forums held within the areas most affected.

Responses to the questionnaire show that 69% were in favour or strongly in favour of the scheme, 13% were not in favour and 18% of respondents did not express a view.

The results are now being analysed by Stockport, Cheshire East and Manchester City councils. All views are being taken into account to determine a preferred scheme, together with any environmental, traffic, engineering and economic considerations.

The feedback from the first phase of consultation will be published in spring 2013.

A second phase of consultation is scheduled in spring where views will be sought on the preferred scheme, prior to a planning application for the A6 to Manchester Airport relief road being submitted in summer 2013.

Subject to planning approval, construction of the road is expected to take place between 2014 and 2017.

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