Poynton Relief Road

Poynton Relief Road is being developed by Cheshire East Council, working in partnership with Stockport Council.

A joint planning application for the scheme was submitted on 1 September 2016 and decision notices were formally issued in June / July 2017. 

The scheme

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.

Scheme objectives:

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

Latest progress update

Progress update – May 2019

A Public Inquiry into the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and Side Road Orders (SRO) was held between Tuesday 20 and Friday 29 November 2018 at Macclesfield Town Hall. A total of one Statutory and two Non-Statutory Objectors made representations at the Inquiry.

Following the public Inquiry, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the Orders, with modifications, on 26 April 2019.

We are currently undertaking the main tender exercise and expect award a Design and Construct contract in October/November 2019.

Planned work 2019

We will continue to meet landowners who are affected by the relief road with a view to address their particular requirements and to reach agreement for purchasing land by agreement (although this is unlikely to be possible in all cases).

Only once the tender returns have been evaluated, will the project team be in a position to submit the Final Scheme Business Case to the DfT .

Confirmation of the  CPO and  SRO along with approval of the business case will allow the scheme to proceed. We expect a design and construction contract to be awarded in October or November 2019 with work commencing on site in spring/summer 2020 and the road opening in 2021.

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