The countdown is over, almost a 100 years after the initial plans were drawn up the Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley bypass is now open to traffic.
The three mile route, built at a cost of £52m, was officially opened today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Two hundred guests, who have been involved in the project, were invited to attend the opening ceremony which was followed by a coach tour of the bypass. A collection of 45 modern and vintage cars, representing the decades since the initial set of plans were drafted in the 1920s, then took centre stage to drive down the new road.
After making a cut of a different kind, to signify the official opening, George Osborne said "This is a fantastic day for Alderley Edge which has been a long time coming. There were days when I thought it would never happen so I am relieved it is actually here.
"It is going to help local residents and I hope it will help the village get a new lease of life. This is one of the most affluent villages in the area but it has been cut in half by the road which carries 26,000 vehicles a day.
"It is also going to help all the commuters who travel in and out of Manchester, as well as AstraZeneca who employ thousands and are one of the most important businesses in the North West.
"It is a really impressive project and a result for local residents who have campaigned here since the 1920's. In recent years the campaigning intensified and the whole community got behind it. My predecessor Martin Bell campaigned very hard for the bypass and it really helped that the whole community wanted to see it happen. I remember a meeting at the local primary school where 1000 people turned up to campaign for it.
"It is pretty remarkable that the road has come ahead of time. This is a tribute to the people who built it. It is also quite environmentally friendly. The road is sunk to minimise the visual impact and keep this part of the Cheshire countryside looking great."
The ceremony was followed by a celebratory lunch at the Festival Hall. If you would like to listen to Chancellor George Osborne's speech at the lunch then turn the volume up on your computer and click the play button in the audio player below.
Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, Leader of Cheshire East Council, spoke afterwards and announced that he is proposing to call the new bypass "Melrose Way" after Margaret Melrose, 85, who started campaigning for this road 43 years ago and was delighted to finally see it built.