The first section of the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will open to traffic in the week following Easter.

Located in Hazel Grove between Yew Tree Avenue and Norbury Hollow Road, the new section of road will help ensure that traffic can continue to travel freely along the A6 whilst the construction work on the A6 bus bridge takes place.

Whilst the bridge is being built the existing section of Buxton Road will need to be closed to through traffic. As well as opening the new section of road, contractors will ensure that:

  • a through route along the existing A6 is available for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians
  • access to properties and businesses on the existing A6 is maintained. Please be aware no through traffic will be permitted on the existing A6 once traffic is diverted onto the realigned A6
  • bus services are maintained by temporarily diverting routes onto the realigned section of the A6, however, the bus stops on this section of the existing A6 will be temporarily closed

To help make sure the opening of the new road causes as few delays as possible, the switch over of traffic will take place overnight. On the night prior to the traffic switch, temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A6 adjacent to Norbury Hollow Road between 8pm and 6am.

Contractors Carillion Morgan Sindall joint venture (CMS) are continuing to make progress on the 10km relief road. Since starting work in 2015, contractors have worked hard to develop the road scheme. However, heavy rainfall, localised flooding and poor ground conditions have led to changes to the construction programme being required and more time being needed for certain works. The relief road is now programmed to be opened in spring 2018.