The new A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) opened this week providing much relief to traffic travelling to Manchester Airport.
The A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road is a new 2-lane dual carriageway running on an east-west route from the A6 near Hazel Grove via the 4 kilometres of existing A555 to Manchester Airport and the link road to the M56.
Providing a vital road link from Hazel Grove in the east, to Manchester Airport and the ever-growing opportunities on offer there in the west, the new road is already proving to be an important new route for residents and business travelling around Stockport, Manchester and east Cheshire.
The new road caters for all modes of transport: vehicles, cycles and public transport.
Connectivity has been improved with reduced congestion on many local roads as traffic uses the more direct road link.
Local employment and business opportunities have been brought within easier reach for all.
The £290 million project, which has been funded by the Department for Transport, has been one of the UK’s largest and most complex local authority road schemes over recent years, but the benefits it will bring are significant.
Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said:
“The road will undoubtedly be one of the key routes for traffic as it travels in and around our region.
“The benefits that the opening brings for residents and companies in terms of reduced journey times, easier access to job and business opportunities as well as reducing congestion on many local roads are huge.
“We’d like to thank residents and businesses again for their patience and support during the construction work we have really appreciated it and know it has been hard times, but know that the new road will bring benefits for you all.”
Whilst the road is open for traffic, there are a few final finishing touches that the contractor and partners need to make during the rest of this month as they complete the last elements of the works and arrange for the traffic lights on junctions, such as the A34/Stanley Green, to be commissioned.