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 Update

        TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS - London Road, Adlington

        There will be temporary 2-way traffic lights in place 24 hours a day to enable service diversions to be undertaken.

        Start Date: 12 April 2021

        Planned Completion Date: 7 May 2021

        Community News

        On 11th December 2020, the Poynton Relief Road Project Team welcomed Councillor Craig Browne, Cheshire East Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for infrastructure and MP David Rutley to see the progress made so far on the scheme.

        “It was good to see the positive progress that is being made at the start of this important infrastructure project and to learn more about the detailed plans for the months ahead. This is very good news for the people of Poynton, as the long-awaited Relief Road will help to significantly tackle traffic congestion and enhance air quality in the village.

        "I will continue to keep close to progress on the scheme as it is developed, working with Cheshire East Council and the contractors, GRAHAM. When it is completed, the road will not only improve the lives of local residents, but also support local economic development plans – the new project is very welcome.” David Rutley MP

        Poynton Relief Road MP Council Chiefs visit2

        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:

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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 Manager - GRAHAM