Work is progressing on the £53 million Poynton Relief Road, with enabling works underway despite the impact of Covid-19.
Representatives from Cheshire East Council, and local MP David Rutley, visited the site, where contractor, Graham, is currently undertaking enabling works ahead of construction. Current work began in October and includes clearing parts of the site, creating site access by laying 9,000 tonnes of stone for a haul road for heavy machinery, erecting boundary fencing and preparing the ground.
Graham was awarded the design and build contract in 2019, and have also completed work on archaeological and ecological appraisals along the 3 km route which will open to traffic in 2022.
Macclesfield MP David Rutley, whose constituency includes Poynton, said:
It was good to see the positive progress that is being made at the start of this important infrastructure project and to learn more about the detailed plans for the months ahead.
“This is very good news for the people of Poynton, as the long-awaited relief road will help to significantly tackle traffic congestion and enhance air quality in the village. I will continue to keep close to progress on the scheme as it is developed, working with Cheshire East Council and the contractors, Graham.
“When it is completed, the road will not only improve the lives of local residents but also support local economic development plans – the new project is very welcome.”
Alastair Lewis, contracts manager at Graham, said:
It was great to be able to welcome the MP for Macclesfield and [Cheshire East Council Deputy Leader] Cllr Browne to the Poynton Relief Road site and to show them the great progress that has been made with the enabling works, despite the issues we have faced during this turbulent year.
“Despite the challenges this year’s circumstances have brought to the project, our team has worked tirelessly with the council and our stakeholders to ensure this much-needed scheme continues to progress positively. Once complete, the Poynton Relief Road will provide a significant boost of economic and social regeneration to the north of Cheshire East.”