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

      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

      • Mobilisation and site establishment
      • Environmental Mitigation for Great Crested Newts and bats
      • Site clearance
      • Erect fencing around site boundary
      • Archaeological Investigations
      • Diversion of utilities
      • Earthworks and drainage
      • Road foundation and kerbstones
      • A new structure to allow the PRR to pass beneath the existing A5149 Chester Road
      • Creation of two new balancing ponds
      • Accommodation works for adjacent landowners including two new bridges
      • A combined cycleway and footway facility adjacent to the scheme
      • Traffic signs and road markings
      • Landscaping including vegetation planting
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        Project 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

        Erect fencing around site boundary: September 2020

        Archaeological Investigations: September 2020

        Construct Haul Road: October 2020

        Construction of Piling Platform: November - December 2020

        Piling works - Chester Road structure: January 2021

        Here to help

        If you would like any further information or have any questions or concerns you can email our Project Manager, Alastair Lewis or Stakeholder & Communications Officer, Daniel Cawthra on

        We are a 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.

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        Chester Road, Poynton

        Temporary 2-way traffic lights will be in place Monday to Friday between the hours of 7.00 am – 5.00 pm to enable the piling operations for the new Chester Road overbridge.

        Start date: 14th January 2021

        Planned completion date: 5th February 2021

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