Work on the planned Poynton Relief Road is to begin in Autumn, Cheshire East Council have confirmed after securing the £53 million needed for the project from government.
The single-carriageway Poynton Relief Road, approximately three kilometres long, and incorporating an adjacent dedicated cycle path and footway, is planned to ease traffic through the village centre. Further details on the route can be found on the Cheshire East Council website.
Contractor Graham secured the design and build contract in autumn 2019. Enabling works are due to begin in autumn 2020, with the road expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2022.
Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council said,
I am delighted to announce that work on the long-awaited Poynton Relief Road can finally commence. The council sees this scheme as a key priority in improving connections across our borough.
“The Poynton Relief Road is a critical part of delivering our vision for sustainable economic growth and is another example of how this council delivers high-quality infrastructure; creating jobs, addressing the long-standing problems regarding congestion in Poynton and improving access to Macclesfield and other key strategic employment sites.”
Leo Martin, Managing Director of civil engineering for Graham, said:
We are relishing the prospect of collaborating with Cheshire East Council on this important project that will bring both economic and social regeneration to the north of Cheshire East.
“With over 15 years of experience in delivering similar, complex highways projects throughout the UK, including the Congleton Link Road, we will be tapping into this expertise to ensure completion of the relief road to the very highest standards.
“Traffic has been a considerable challenge, particularly in the Poynton and Macclesfield areas, which has resulted in a range of negative impacts for residents, motorists and the environment. This new relief road will serve to improve connectivity and reduce congestion. But this scheme will do so much more, proving a boost to the local economy and local businesses’ growth prospects.”