Opening date for Manchester Airport Relief Road announced


The new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will be open to traffic from Monday 15th October following a final inspection today (Friday, 5th October).

Stretching from Hazel Grove in the east to Manchester Airport in the west, the relief road includes 11 new and upgraded junctions, 11 bridges including four railway crossings and a shared cycle and pedestrian path that runs parallel to the road for its whole length.

Over the coming days the finishing touches to the road will be completed as it gets set to welcome traffic for the first time, providing a new road link for residents and business as they travel around Stockport, Manchester and east Cheshire.

Residents are being given a chance to explore the road for themselves on Sunday, 7th October, before it opens. There will be a day of free events for all ages including cycle obstacle courses, British Cycling's "Let's Ride", a classic car parade and much more is planned giving everyone a chance to get involved as well as get an up-close look at the work that's been taking place.

The events will be held between 11am and 3pm, but before the day kicks off in earnest a 5km wheelchair race and run will be taking place from 9:30am.

Anyone coming along will be able to access the road on foot or bike at any of the junctions or footpath entrances with most of the events taking place in the main festival village which will be on the section of the relief road just off Macclesfield Road, SK7 6DT.

For anyone travelling by car a free regular shuttle bus will be running throughout the day from the Hazel Grove Park & Ride and visitors are being encouraged to use this to help keep the local roads clear.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said: "I'm delighted to be able to announce the opening date for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, which is going to make it even easier for people to travel in and around our region. This has been one of the largest and most complex local authority road schemes on site in the UK over recent years and we've really appreciated all of the help, patience and support given by residents during the construction work – we know it has been hard at times.

"We do hope that you can join us at the community day on Sunday and take the chance to come and explore the road for yourself – something that won't be possible once vehicles are on it!"

Full details about Sunday's events are available on the SEMMMS website.

Manchester Airport Relief Road


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

Eric Teasdale
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 3:45 pm
Is that Sunday 12th (twelfth) October ?

Whilst it’s a major project the disruption where the A34 and new road cross has been a disgrace - almost 3 years of major delays.
Why was a large effort, lots of equipment and man/woman power over 6 months, say, not focused on this area to avoid the thousands of hours lost by drivers and their passengers.
Eric Teasdale
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 4:46 pm
Sorry ! Was that the 7th or this coming Sunday, 14th ?
Lisa Reeves
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 5:05 pm
Hi Eric, it says in the article above - the open day was Sunday, 7th October.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 5:47 pm
Going to be a real bind on the Macclesfield Road - one set of traffic lights followed by the new road on the level. Going to be blocked by the fuel station and don't as about fast traffic meeting traffic lights on the new road.

Happy days ahead!
Andrew Muncaster
Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 7:49 pm
As a regular traveller from West Macclesfield to Handforth Dean M&S Via Monks Heath and the A.E. Bypass, I will be interested to discover the new route via the new junction by the Brookside Garden Centre. Let's hope the concerns of fellow correspondent prove unfounded. We've waited a long time; the Poynton N million pound shared traffic scheme works so well...
NOT. Surely this time our planners have got it right!!