Opening of Manchester Airport relief road delayed again


Just a week after confirming that the £290 million Manchester Airport relief road was still on schedule to open this Spring, Stockport Council has today announced it has been hit by further delays.

The 10km A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR), designed to improve transport links across Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire East, was originally due to open by autumn 2017 after two and a half years of construction works.

In April 2017, Stockport Council announced that the opening of the A6MARR had been delayed until Spring 2018 due to heavy rainfall.

However today, Wednesday 14th February, Stockport Council has announced that due to a number factors the road will now open in late summer 2018.

Last month Carillion, one of the primary contractors for the project, went into liquidation leaving the other contractor Morgan Sindall to take over the delivery of the project.

In addition to the collapse of Carillion, the further delays are being blamed on sustained periods of bad weather and the ground conditions, which are more challenging than anticipated.

Stockport Council have also recently become aware of significant problems with the highway drain under the A555 which needs to be repaired urgently to stop a potential road collapse. This emergency repair work has required the full closure of the A555 westbound from the A34 to Wilmslow Road for 17 weeks - which was not part of the original work planned on the relief road.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council commented: "The A6MARR project has faced a number of challenges and whilst a lot of work has taken place to reduce their impact they have affected progress on the project, and unfortunately we will be unable to open the road as planned this spring. On behalf of the whole project team, I apologise for this further delay and want to assure residents and businesses that we are continuing to work very closely with the contractor to get work completed and the road open as soon as possible.

"Whilst this news is disappointing, when it opens the A6MARR will bring many benefits for residents and companies throughout the area, reducing congestion on our roads and bringing jobs and business opportunities closer than they ever have been before."

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Matthew Cheetham
Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 8:49 pm
It’s obvious to any commuter that the road is nowhere near completion yet SMBC issued a statement only last week that it would open in Spring. The only question was in which year!

With one way traffic on Styal road and the centre of Handforth, it is now planned chaos for any commuter. It took me 30 mins this morning to get out of Wilmslow.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 19th February 2018 at 1:50 pm
They seem to be full of incompetent and delusional folk just like our own council. It is clear that they couldn't organise even a "party" in a Brewery. I like many other folk on here am not impressed.....
John Clegg
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 3:58 pm
It doesn't matter - it's only rate-payers.
And people trying to live their lives.
It's getting beyond pathetic.
Peter Bugler
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 6:09 pm
Weather is just the excuse Men and machines cost money and they were what have been missing.
David Carey
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 10:04 am
The trouble with me is I am an optimist and I keep thinking the traffic problems will improve, but yet we appear to have major roadworks across all the major roads in our area all at the same time? The A34 bypass causing mayhem, Wilmslow Road Handforth, Chester Road at Woodford it goes on and on....
Alan Brough
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 2:12 pm
Just travelled back from Stockport, via Bramhall to Wilmslow and there wasn't any sign of anyone working on the section between Bramhall and Handforth Dean - this despite the fact that a lengthy section hasn't yet been hardcored and tarmacked.

I don't believe that we are being told the truth. This road is many months from being opened - years if the current rate of "progress" continues.