Work to start on air­port re­lief road

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - STU­ART GREER

WORK will fi­nally start on the £290m Manch­ester Air­port Re­lief Road af­ter the gov­ern­ment re­moved the fi­nal hur­dle to the scheme.

The move will clear the way for a new spur to be built to ease con­ges­tion around Poyn­ton.

Pa­trick McLough­lin, the sec­re­tary of state for trans­port, has agreed com­pul­sory pur­chase or­ders to buy land for the road fol­low­ing a public in­quiry last Septem­ber.

The 10km dual car­riage­way will link the A6 at Hazel Grove to the M56 at Manch­ester Air­port via the ex­ist­ing A555 in Bramhall.

More than 50 ob­jec­tors spoke out against the com­pul­sory pur­chase of their land dur­ing the twoweek in­quiry into the plan. Doc­u­ments showed the coun­cil set aside £33.2m for ac­qui­si­tion costs, land agent fees, public in­quiry costs and claims.

The three coun­cils in­volved - Stock­port, Manch­ester City and Cheshire East - ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion in early 2014.

Prepa­ra­tion work has al­ready started and some en­vi­ron­men­tal works could start be­fore the end of next month with the main works start­ing in March.

The road is ex­pected to take two-and-a-half years to con­struct and be open to traf­fic by au­tumn 2017.

The scheme in­cludes a spur which will link to the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, to boost trans­port links to Macclesfield and cut traf­fic through Poyn­ton.

The 3km sin­gle car­riage­way will run south across the A5149 Ch­ester Road, west of Lo­s­tock Hall Farm, be­fore con­nect­ing with a round­about with link roads north and south to the A523.

Cheshire East Coun­cil is now forg­ing ahead with the £33 mil­lion project, which could open as early as 2017 to co­in­cide with the A6MARR scheme.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil said: “We are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the econ­omy and in­fra­struc­ture of Cheshire East and the wider re­gion to en­sure it re­mains a fan­tas­tic place to live, work visit and do busi­ness.

“The re­lief road will pro­vide en­hanced east­west strate­gic con­nec­tiv­ity across the north of the bor­ough and im­proved ac­cess to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties at Manch­ester Air­port and the Air­port City En­ter­prise Zone.

“It is a key step to­wards be­ing able to de­liver the Poyn­ton Re­lief Road, which will re­lieve con­ges­tion in Poyn­ton and pro­vide im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity to the strate­gic high­way for the north­ern Macclesfield busi­ness area.”

●● A map show­ing how the re­lief road will run through Poyn­ton

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