Stockport Council says opening of airport relief road is still on schedule


Stockport Council has announced that the opening of the £290 million Manchester Airport relief road is curently still on schedule.

The A555 westbound, which will form part of the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR), will be closed from the A34 to Wilmslow Road for 17 weeks from Monday, 12th February.

The closure, which will be in place 24 hours a day, is to enable "essential maintenance works" to be carried out on the A555 to repair problems with the highway drainage that is causing a depression to form within the carriageway.

However, Stockport Council has confirmed that the opening of the Manchester Airport relief road is still scheduled for Spring 2018.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: "At present, the opening of the relief road is still scheduled to be Spring. However this is dependent on a number of factors (such as weather related delays). If a delay occurs these factors could have an impact on the final opening date."

In April 2017, Stockport Council announced that the opening of the A6MARR, which had been due to open to traffic by autumn 2017 after two and a half years of construction works, had been delayed until Spring 2018 due to heavy rainfall.

During the works to the A555 westbound, a signed diversion route will be in place, via the A34 northbound, B5094 Stanley Road westbound and B5353 Wilmslow Road southbound.

Airport Relief Road, SEMMMS


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Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 4:23 pm
Believe it when we see it.
Ian Cook
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 4:37 pm
17 weeks takes us to June....isn't that classed as summer?
John Clegg
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 8:32 pm
Ian Cook, obvs not for the purposes of missing/hitting deadlines.

Maybe Douglas Adams could have helped here...