£30m Relief Road plan sub­mit­ted to cut vil­lage traf­fic

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

PLANS have been sub­mit­ted for the £30m Poyn­ton Relief Road.

The 3km sin­gle car­riage­way will link the A6 with the forth­com­ing Manch­ester Air­port Relief Road (A6MARR).

The scheme is jointly sub­mit­ted by Cheshire East and Stock­port coun­cils and aims to boost trans­port links to Macclesfield and cut traf­fic through Poyn­ton.

The route will run un­der the A5149 Ch­ester Road, across the Wood­ford aero­drome run­way, and past Adling­ton Busi­ness Park be­fore con­nect­ing to a new round­about junc­tion to the west of the Travel Lodge.

Links from this round­about would al­low the relief road to con­nect into the A523 Lon­don Road and Adling­ton Golf Cen­tre.

The scheme also in­cludes im­prove­ments to the junc­tion with the A523 Lon­don Road, in­clud­ing Adling­ton cross­roads and Bo­nis Hall Lane junc­tions.

In its re­port set to go in front of the strate­gic plan­ning board, of­fi­cers said: ‘Poyn­ton suf­fers from long­stand­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion is­sues, largely due to the high level of de­mand for travel from ar­eas in Cheshire East to Manch­ester and Stock­port.

‘This has re­sulted in a range of neg­a­tive im­pacts on the en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing air qual­ity, noise lev­els and dam­age to the phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture of the Poyn­ton Shared Space Scheme in the cen­tre of Poyn­ton.

‘The north of Cheshire East, in par­tic­u­lar Macclesfield, suf­fers from poor con­nec­tiv­ity with neigh­bour­ing towns such as Stock­port and eco­nomic cen­tres such as Manch­ester Air­port and in the wider re­gion.

‘The in­ad­e­quate high­way con­nec­tions are con- sidered by CEC to be ham­per­ing de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and to be re­strict­ing eco­nomic growth in the area’.

The scheme also in­cludes two pedes­trian bridges and a cy­cle way along the length of the road.

A new pond, marshy grass­land and wood­land habi­tat will pro­tect great crested newts; Wood­ford Aero­drome will help ground nest­ing birds and brown hares, while badger tun­nels will also be cre­ated along the route.

The plan ploughs through pro­tected green belt, but the coun­cils ar­gue that the so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of the scheme cre­ate ‘very spe­cial cir­cum­stances’.

Con­struc­tion will take 14 months and could start as early as 2018.

●● It is hoped the new relief road, which will pass un­der Ch­ester Road, will al­le­vi­ate traf­fic prob­lems

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