Poynton Relief Road

Providing traffic 'relief' in Poynton

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


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: Autumn 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: March – May 2020
      • Mobilisation and site establishment: August 2020
      • Environmental Mitigation for Great Crested Newts and bats: September 2020
      • Site clearance: September – December 2020
      • Archaeological Investigations: September 2020 – September 2021
      • Diversion of utilities: January 2021 – Summer 2022
      • Earthworks & Drainage: April 2021 – Summer 2022
      • Accommodation works for adjacent landowners including construction of two new bridges
      • Construction of a cycleway and footway facility
      • Road foundation and kerb installation
      • Final surface course
      • Traffic signs and road markings
      • Landscaping including vegetation planting
      • Project Complete – Autumn 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.

        • Bonis Hall Lane, Prestbury

          To facilitate our ongoing works to improve the Bonis Hall Lane junction, we will be imposing 3-way temporary traffic lights 24 hours a day for the duration of the works. The works to be carried out include the construction of new filter lanes and widening of the existing carriageway.

          Start Date: 11 August 2021

          Planned Completion Date: Late February 2022

        • Chester Road, Poynton

          Traffic has been switched to a newly constructed temporary single lane carriageway on the north side of Chester Road next to our site compound. Traffic is been managed by 2-way traffic lights.

          The temporary carriageway will remain in place for approximately 12 months and is essential to facilitate the ongoing construction of the new Chester Road overbridge.

          Start Date: 28 June 2021

          Planned Completion Date: Late June 2022

        Community News

        The Poynton Relief Road Project Team was approached by Jane Gradwell and Malcolm Adams who were looking to carry out a community initiative outside Poynton Town Hall.

        The project known as Poynton Stones involved creating a display of decorated stones which had been prepared by local school children during the COVID pandemic thanking key workers. Members of the Project Team removed soil from the disused flower bed before concrete was poured, with the colourful stones been placed shortly after to form the permanent display.

        An information plaque has been added along with some flowers.

        Jane Gradwell said:

        “GRAHAM’s involvement was very welcome. The installation had been delayed for several months, and GRAHAM’s kind offer to help was just the stimulus needed to get it done.”


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        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:

          Video credit: JHanson Drone Photography

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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