The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will be open to traffic from Monday 15th October following a final inspection.
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.
The opening 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.
Over the coming days the finishing touches to the road will be completed as it gets set to welcome traffic for the first time.
The scale and complexity of the relief road project has been huge with 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.
Residents were given the chance to explore the road for themselves on Sunday, 7th October, before it opens.
A day of free events for all ages included cycle obstacle courses, Sky’s “Let’s Ride” and a classic car parade giving everyone a chance to get involved as well as get an up-close look at the work that’s been taking place.
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.”