The Relief Road Opens – what a relief!

15 Oct 2018

 Over the past couple of years, a significant amount of work on the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road has been taking place, and we’re pleased to confirm it opened today, Monday 15th October.

The A6MARR is a new 2 lane dual carriageway stretching from A6 in Hazel Grove in the east to Manchester Airport in the west via the 4 kilometres of existing A555. It will provide a vital new road link for residents and business as they travel around Stockport, Manchester and East Cheshire, whether they’re in a vehicle, on a bike or travelling by public transport.

A couple finishing touches are underway for when the road welcomes cars for the first time, six years after the plans were first revealed.

The scale and complexity of the relief road project has been huge with

  • * 7 new and upgraded junctions
  • * 11 bridges including four railway crossings
  • * a shared cycle and pedestrian path that runs parallel to the road for its whole length.
  • * Over 897,000 sq metres of new grassland, hedgerow and woodland as well as 11 habitat areas for wildlife

A day of free events was held on Sunday 7 October along new route including cycle obstacle courses, a classic car parade, 5km wheelchair race and run. Members of the public came out to walk or cycle along the route.

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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.”

Relief Road

They say the road, which goes via the A555 in Bramhall, will dramatically ease congestion on the A6, boost the region’s economy by £2.5bn and improve access across south east Manchester and east Cheshire.

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