Stockport Council says opening of airport relief road is still on schedule


Stockport Council has announced that the opening of the £290 million Manchester Airport relief road is curently still on schedule.

The A555 westbound, which will form part of the new A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR), will be closed from the A34 to Wilmslow Road for 17 weeks from Monday, 12th February.

The closure, which will be in place 24 hours a day, is to enable "essential maintenance works" to be carried out on the A555 to repair problems with the highway drainage that is causing a depression to form within the carriageway.

However, Stockport Council has confirmed that the opening of the Manchester Airport relief road is still scheduled for Spring 2018.

Councillor Kate Butler, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: "At present, the opening of the relief road is still scheduled to be Spring. However this is dependent on a number of factors (such as weather related delays). If a delay occurs these factors could have an impact on the final opening date."

In April 2017, Stockport Council announced that the opening of the A6MARR, which had been due to open to traffic by autumn 2017 after two and a half years of construction works, had been delayed until Spring 2018 due to heavy rainfall.

During the works to the A555 westbound, a signed diversion route will be in place, via the A34 northbound, B5094 Stanley Road westbound and B5353 Wilmslow Road southbound.

Airport Relief Road, SEMMMS


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Richard Bullock
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 3:28 pm
If the westbound A555 is closed "from 12th Feb for 17 weeks", then that bit won't re-open until mid-June. That's pushing the boundaries of "Spring" isn't it?

Unless the rest of the road will be open earlier and one bit closed so that everyone has to divert down Stanley Road?
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 5:06 pm
The bit between the Waggon and Horses in the direction of the Airport has a very deep excavation with massive shuttering.
I don’t see that being finished; it was opened up just when the surface looked ready for final courses to be laid.
Alison Warburton
Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 4:38 pm
Erm.... it was scheduled to be completed Autumn 2017! So far seems they've built a lake/canal by Stanley Green rather than a road ...
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 5:44 pm
I agree with Pete Taylor. The road near Lakeland Plastics Handforth,is no where near ready. A huge hole,plus It needs Tarmac and Landscaping.As does the Woodford end..No tarmac down at all, going across the old golf course. Spring is 6 weeks away. This is a huge farce for a project.I do hope penalties will apply.It was so badly managed.No work done at weekends. Carillion are best out of the market. Baz
Gordon Hyslop
Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 8:17 pm
The “huge hole” is an Attenuation Tank
It holds flood water The following is from the A6MARR website They have been messing for over 6 months with it so why they are still constructing walls?

• Construct base and walls January - February.
• Construct roof February - March.
• Construct inlet/outlet chambers February - March

No chance of the road opening Spring unless it’s the very end of Spring

A total shambles of a project not enough workers and poor planning which I guess we will pay for already councils are being warned of a 20% Carillon “tax” Heads should roll
John Leonard
Thursday 8th February 2018 at 1:05 pm
Carillion were primarily a project management company!? However, I can't see any evidence of effective project management during this project and no regard for keeping existing routes working effectively. Why wasn't work on the crucial A34 carried out with the greatest urgency either at the beginning of the project or at then end?? Instead they have disrupted traffic on the A34 throughout the project without carrying our any perceivable works until recently... The project has been a total shambles and the sponsors must learn lessons!
Nik Eastwood
Thursday 8th February 2018 at 3:10 pm
it only took them 6 years to build the manchester ship canal, perhaps with all the water we might have a wilmslow ship canal.
Peter Davenport
Thursday 8th February 2018 at 7:40 pm
Dear All
No one has suggested what the extra cost is going to be. As it was scheduled for autumn last year and now the Spring (hopefully), it is at least 7 months and everyone has to be paid. There is a great silence. hmmmmm.
Peter Davenport