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Poynton Relief Road

Providing traffic 'relief' in Poynton

Our aim is to keep local residents updated on our site progress and planned works

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Project Overview

About the project

    Continuing our relationship with Cheshire East Council, we were awarded the £26.5m Poynton Relief Road contract. The programme involves the creation of a 3.5km long, two-way single carriageway road. We are also responsible for the upgrade of two off-site junctions at Adlington Crossroads and Bonis Hall Lane, both of which are situated along the A523 London Road.

    Additional features include cycleway and footway facilities, two new accommodation overbridges, and balancing ponds for drainage.

    As a central component of the South East Manchester Multi-Modal strategy, the project will relieve the existing Poynton town traffic and improve connectivity between Macclesfield, Stockport, Manchester Airport and the wider area.

    The scheme will also deliver a range of complementary measures on the A523 London Road to Macclesfield, that address road safety and congestion while mitigating wider environmental impacts from traffic.

    • Client: Cheshire East Council and Stockport Council
    • Main Contractor: GRAHAM
    • Value: £26.5m
    • Project Awarded: September 2019
    • Project Completion: End of 2022, with landscaping maintenance continuing up to 2027


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      Objectives of the scheme

      • Support the economic, physical, and social regeneration of Poynton and the north of the area, in particular, Macclesfield
      • Transfer Heavy Goods Vehicles onto more appropriate roads on the wider network and relieve existing traffic congestion in Poynton
      • Deliver a range of complementary measures on the A523 corridor to Macclesfield that address road safety, congestion and mitigation of the wider environmental impact of traffic
      • Increase business integration and productivity by improving the efficiency and reliability of the highway network and reducing the conflict between local and through traffic, by the improved route for freight and business travel
      • Allow improvements to the highway network for public transport, walking, and cycling

      Our commitment to you

      • Work with stakeholders to reduce the impact of our work on your local businesses and community
      • Ensure a traffic management system is in place and maintain a safe working environment at all times
      • Monitor noise, vibration, and dust to ensure they are kept within the permitted levels
      • Support the local community through employment, buying from local suppliers and proactive stakeholder engagement

      Stages of the project and timeline

      • Ground Investigation Works
      • Mobilisation and site establishment
      • Environmental Mitigation for Great Crested Newts and bats
      • Site clearance
      • Archaeological Investigations
      • Diversion of utilities
      • Earthworks & Drainage
      • Construction of bridge on Chester Road
      • Accommodation works for adjacent landowners including construction of two new bridges
      • Construction of a cycleway and footway facility
      • Construction of pumping station
      • Road foundation and kerb installation
      • Final surface course
      • Traffic signs and road markings
      • Landscaping including vegetation planting
      • Project Complete – End of 2022

      Find out more

        Traffic Management Updates

        We would like to thank residents and commuters for your ongoing patience while we deliver this infrastructure programme.

        • Chester Road, Poynton

          Traffic has been switched on to the new Chester Road bridge. Temporary 2-way traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day to facilitate completion of the bridge structure and ongoing construction of the new footpaths.

          Start Date: 08 June 2022

          Planned Completion Date: Late September 2022

        • Adlington Golf Club, Adlington

          To facilitate the construction of the new Adlington roundabout, 2-way temporary traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day on the golf centre access road.

          Start Date: 3 May 2022

          Planned Completion Date: Late October 2022

        • Mill Lane, Adlington

          We will be imposing a closure of Mill Lane at its junction with the A523 London Road.
          The closure is essential to facilitate the Adlington crossroads upgrade. The A523 London Road and Brookledge Lane will remain open to traffic and managed by 3-way temporary traffic lights.

          Start Date: 5 April 2022

          Planned Completion Date: Late August 2022

        Junction Improvement works

        A523 Bonis Hall Lane Junction

        Works are nearing completion to improve the Bonis Hall Lane junction, including the installation of power to the new street lighting columns and road signage.

        Commissioning of the new permanent traffic light signals and surfacing of the footpath will also be carried out in the coming weeks. Landscaping works will be undertaken in the autumn to complete the junction upgrade.

        The Project Team took the decision to complete the Bonis Hall Lane junction first, due to the large amount of earthworks to be undertaken and take advantage of the dry summer weather to complete them. The works commenced in May 2021 and have been phased to make the most of the tight working area available to us, while keeping the A523 London Road open to traffic.

        The Bonis Hall Lane junction improvement is set to be completed Autumn 2022.

        A523 Adlington Crossroads

        Works commenced on Tuesday 5th April to upgrade the A523 Adlington crossroads. The works include the widening of the existing carriageway and upgrading the traffic light signals.

        Good progress has been made, with electrical and BT diversions successfully carried out. Kerb installation and footpath construction is ongoing on the Mill Lane side of the crossroads, with works to widen the existing carriageway also continuing.

        To enable the widening of the carriageway we are imposing a closure of Mill Lane at its junction with the A523 London Road, with temporary traffic lights managing the junction for the duration of the works.

        The Adlington Crossroads upgrade is set to be completed Late August 2022.

        The Bonis Hall Lane junction and Adlington crossroads improvement works were instructed by Cheshire East Council as part of the Poynton Relief Road project.

        The decision to improve the junctions was made following completion of detailed traffic modelling which showed that under future traffic flows the current layout would become over capacitated, increasing waiting times and reduce safety. It was therefore decided to complete the junction improvements before the Poynton Relief Road opens to traffic.

        Adlington Bridge Beam Lift

        Another major milestone has been achieved on the Poynton Relief Road scheme, with two pre-cast concrete bridge beams successfully lifted into place for the new Adlington accommodation bridge.

        A 300-tonne crane was used to lift the 27.9m-long beams into position, with each beam weighing 52 tonnes.

        Congratulations to all the Project Team on a successful operation.

        Photography: Ted Elsey

        Adlington Bridge Beam Lift  - Photography by Ted Elsey

        Community News

        Litter Pick

        Volunteers from the Poynton Relief Road project team took part in a litter pick this morning to clean up areas of the town ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

        The litter pick started from our office on the A523 London Road, heading along London Road into the Town Centre, before returning along the A523 London Road.

        Well done to the volunteers!

        Litter Pick Poynton

        Poynton Baptist Church Food Bank Collection

        The Project Team are carrying out regular collections to support the Poynton Baptist Church food bank. The food bank has seen a huge rise in the number of people requiring support, with many losing their jobs during the pandemic and when the Government furlough scheme came to an end.

        The ongoing rise in the cost of living is also having a detrimental effect on families budgets meaning more people are turning to the food bank. The food bank currently opens every 4 weeks, but are hoping with further support to open weekly. The church volunteers also make regular food hamper deliveries to members of the community who are unable to leave their homes.

        Judith Scorer, Poynton Baptist Church, said:

        “I would like to thank everyone at GRAHAM, most sincerely, for the boxes of provisions you delivered to our church this morning.”

        “We are really grateful and your contributions will enable us to continue to stock our Community Larder, which currently opens every four weeks for families with children on free school meals and members of the community who are struggling with food insecurity.”

        “As we rely on donations and voluntary contributions, we are so thankful for people who are prepared to give generously, like you have done.”

        Food bank group picture

        Here to help

        GRAHAM is a Partner Member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This scheme aims to improve the image of the construction industry by following a Code of Considerate Practice, which covers a number of things including site safety and considering the impact of works on the local community.

        Our site team is always on hand to help. Feel free to make contact at any time should you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: poyntonreliefroad@graham.co.uk

          Progress photos

          Progress of Poynton Relief Road
          Progress of Poynton Relief Road


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          “The Poynton Relief Road is a critical part of delivering our vision for sustainable economic growth and is another great example of how this council delivers high-quality infrastructure projects. It will create jobs, address the longstanding problems of congestion in and around Poynton and improve access to Macclesfield and other key strategic employment and visitor sites.”

          Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council

          “As well as reducing congestion in Poynton, we will be providing a 3.5m-wide footpath and cycleway that will support cyclists and pedestrians as a greener option for travel. I’ve no doubt this project will provide vast benefits to the Poynton and Macclesfield areas and will be the latest in a number of important transport infrastructure schemes we have been proud to deliver in recent years.”

          Alastair Lewis, Contracts Director - GRAHAM