Poynton Relief Road
Poynton Relief Road opens to traffic after eventful ribbon-cutting ceremony
The Poynton Relief Road fully opened to traffic on Monday 6 March, following an eventful ribbon-cutting ceremony three days earlier.
On Friday 3 March, the mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor David Marren cut the green ribbon to mark the completion of the £53m highways scheme which is designed to take heavy through traffic out of Poynton village.
The new road carries a 3.5-metre-wide cycle and footway along its length, demonstrating the council’s continued commitment to its active travel policy, and many cyclists and walkers turned out to witness the formal opening, cycle and walk the route for the first time.
The road remained opened to cyclists and walkers for the entire weekend, prior to its opening to traffic at 10am on Monday.
The road crosses the former site of the Woodford Aerodrome and is named after Roy Chadwick, a celebrated aircraft designer at Woodford, who died in an air crash at Woodford in 1947.
The highlight of the ceremony was a fly-past by a 1950 Avro Anson reconnaissance plane, the type designed by Chadwick.
Roy Chadwick Way links the A523 London Road, at Adlington, with the recently completed A555 Manchester Airport Relief Road, creating easier connectivity between the Macclesfield area, the Manchester Airport, Manchester, and Stockport.
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The main tender exercise for the award of a Design and Build contract was undertaken throughout Spring/Summer 2019.
Tender returns were evaluated and in Autumn 2019 a Design and Build contract was awarded toGraham Construction and their design partner Arcadis.
The Contractor has appointed a Community Liaison officer who will be happy to assist with any construction related queries on:
Alongside the award of this contract, the delivery team also submitted the Final Scheme Business Case to the Department for Transport (DfT) in September 2019.
Poynton Relief Road will be a standard single carriageway, approximately 3 kilometres in length. The relief road will also include two overbridge crossings for use by walkers, cyclists and farm vehicles, a 3.5 meter wide combined cycle and footway which will run beside the length of the route in the western verge.
The northern end of the route would connect to a junction on the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road or A6MARR . The route would then pass under the A5149 Chester Road to the west of Poynton and would continue in a southerly direction 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.
Details of the consultation that took place can be Viewed on the consultation page along with the consultation documents which can be viewed online or downloaded.
A set of scheme objectives have been developed by Cheshire East Council, in partnership with Stockport Council.
These objectives attempted to capture the strategic aspirations of SEMMMS as well as the local aims of the Poynton Relief Road scheme:
- to support the economic, physical and social regeneration of Poynton and the north of the area, in particular Macclesfield
- transfer Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) onto more appropriate roads on the wider network and relieve existing traffic congestion in Poynton
- deliver a range of complementary measures on the A523 corridor to Macclesfield that address Road Safety, Congestion and Mitigation of the wider environmental impact of traffic
- boost business integration and productivity by improving the efficiency and reliability of the highway network, reducing the conflict between local and through traffic, by the improved route for freight and business travel
- allow improvements to the highway network for public transport, walking and cycling
Contractor Graham construction were awarded the £26.5m Poynton Relief Road contract, with design and ground investigations been completed in May 2020. Graham construction mobilised and commenced works in August 2020 with the scheme scheduled to complete in early 2023.
The programme involves the creation of a 3.5km long, two-way single carriageway road, as well the upgrade of two off-site junctions at Adlington Crossroads and Bonis Hall Lane, both of which are situated along the A523 London Road.
Additional features include cycleway and footway facilities, 3 new structures and balancing ponds for drainage.
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Page last reviewed: 11 August 2023
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