A555 MAELR/Hazel Grove and Poynton Bypass

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Scheme Outline

Scheme details

Timescale
2015-2017
Status
Under construction
Type
New road for use by all traffic
Cost
£ 300m
Authority
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Region: North West
Finance
Central Government
Length
14 km
8 miles

Construction of a new dual carriageway bypass from M60 j25, around the south of Hazel Grove, connecting to the existing A555; also a westward extension of the A555 to meet the M56 Manchester Airport spur road. This is a scaled-down version of plans drawn up in the 1970s for a motorway on the same line, becoming a grade-separated dual carriageway west from Hazel Grove. Its resurrection is due to the SEMMMS multi-modal study.

In June 2007, central government declined to fund the road and its construction in its present guise looked unlikely. However, it has appeared in various guises since 1962, so it is unsurprising that it has risen from the dead once more.

In November 2008, as part of Treasury attempts to spend its way out of recession, money has been provided to build the western half of the scheme between the airport and the A6. The funding will form only part of the original SEMMMS Study. The November 2008 funding proposal have shown that the Road will only be built between A6 in Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport and the M56 via the current A555 with the missing link sections built. There will be no Poynton bypass linking the A523 south of Poynton.

Despite the funds not extending to provision of the proposed Poynton Bypass, the closure of BAE Systems at Woodford Aerodrome means a viable route is now available and is being consulted upon. This new road would pass across the now-closed runway.

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Progress

26 November 2008
10 December 2008 Revised route announced.
22 May 2009 The scheme now has full funding from the A6 Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport.
24 April 2010 Work is now starting at the Manchester Airport end of the new road.
22 September 2010 No sign of work having started, but ecological surveys are apparently ongoing.
28 November 2011 The Chancellor (and local MP) George Osborne listed the project as one to benefit from funding in the National Infrastructure Plan. At present, the only building work happening along the route is construction of the Metrolink Airport line.
27 March 2012 According to the Manchester Evening News, local councils are to request that the DfT names the new road, the Queen Elizabeth II Way in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. No details were given about a construction timetable though.
14 May 2012 Further public consultation in 2012/13 and a planning application for the scheme. There will also need to be a public enquiry before the scheme can be fully approved and contractors appointed. It is not expected that construction work will commence until at least 2014 with an estimated opening in 2017.
20 January 2015 Andrew Stunell MP has confirmed that construction work will start during February 2015.
8 February 2015 Signs are up at various points along the route saying that work begins in February 2015.
5 March 2015 Tree and hedge clearance has begun in various places, including along the existing A555.
4 September 2015 The A34 is being shut completely overnight on the approaches to the A555 junction. This appears to be for lane narrowing, applying speed restrictions and providing works access. The interchange and adjacent junction with the B5094 are to be upgraded as part of the A555 extension project.
20 October 2015 Cheshire East Council is carrying out a consultation on designs for the Poynton Bypass.
11 March 2016 The site activity maps have been updated on the official website.
3 October 2016 At the western end, earthworks are almost complete.
7 February 2017 The new route of the A6 at the eastern end of the scheme is taking shape, with most of the kerbstones in place.
20 February 2017 The new A6 route has been fully surfaced with tarmac, however tieing into the existing road has not started.
8 March 2017 Street lighting has been installed at the eastern end of the bypass on the new section of the A6.

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More information

Official website
SEMMMS: South East Manchester Multi Modal Strategy
News story
Manchester Evening News: Government's green light for A6 link to Manchester Airport
Manchester Evening News: Work finally starts in Stockport on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road

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With thanks to Samuel Berndt, Mike Hindson-Evans, Mr SJ Shacklock, Steve Nicklin, Geoff Dobson, Fraser Mitchell, Michael Pritchard, Keith, Andy Hellawell, Hunphrey and KD for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 10 March 2017.