About the Scheme
The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road Scheme provides 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) of new 2-lane dual carriageway on an east-west route from the A6 near Hazel Grove (south east Stockport), via the 4 kilometres of existing A555 to Manchester Airport and the link road to the M56. The scheme has been developed by Stockport Council working with its partners, Manchester City Council, Cheshire East Council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
The scheme bypasses heavily-congested district and local centres, including Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove, Handforth, Poynton, Wythenshawe, Gatley and Heald Green.
It provides much-needed connectivity for key strategic routes into the North West and to Manchester Airport, including traffic from the A6, A523 and A34 – all of which are key routes for business, leisure travel and freight from Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and beyond.
The scheme incorporates 7 new and 4 improved junctions, 4 railway crossings and a parallel shared cycle/pedestrian path.
The segregated pedestrian and cycle route adjacent to the new road and the existing length of the A555, provides a new link for the strategic cycle/pedestrian network. This new link fully integrates with the existing local cycle and pedestrian network to maximise access to the new route and therefore the benefits associated with the scheme. This route is intended for both commuting and leisure use.
It has been a priority to minimise any disruption to Public Rights of Way that are affected by the scheme and, where possible, to improve them. However, some routes have been diverted to ensure safe crossing points to the new road are created.
View a plan showing the latest design for the scheme (PDF 5.08Mb) as submitted for planning.
To find out more about how environmental factors have been considered as part of the scheme development, visit the Environmental Assessment page.
Why the scheme is needed
- Economic growth generating additional economic output for the region of up to £2.5 billion and contributing towards the creation of up to 5,000 new jobs;
- Better access to Manchester Airport and other key destinations for employment, education, health, leisure and retail;
- Less traffic on local roads – reducing congestion on local roads in surrounding areas;
- Shorter journey times for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, car drivers and freight;
- Improved road safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing the volume of traffic passing through residential areas; and
- Increased investment encouraged in Manchester Airport and Airport City as well as areas of Stockport, Cheshire East and Manchester.