The Secretary of State for Transport confirmed has that the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and Side Roads Order (SRO) for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road. It is due to open autumn 2017. Work will begin at end of February.

The Secretary of State for the department for Communities and Local Government also confirmed the Council’s Section 19 certificate in respect of public open space.

Confirmation of the orders now allows Stockport Council, on behalf of its partners Cheshire East and Manchester City Councils, to move the project, which is a key element in the strategic infrastructure for Greater Manchester (GM), having been clearly identified as a priority project in the first GM City Deal with Government, to the construction phase.

It is anticipated that some environmental works could start before the end of February with the main contract works commencing in March 2015. The expected duration of the works will take 2.5 years and the road should be open to traffic by autumn 2017.

The proposed scheme will provide approximately 10km of dual carriageway, linking the A6 at Hazel Grove to the eastern end of the existing A555 at Woodford Road, Bramhall and from the western end of the existing A555 at Wilmslow Road, Handforth to Manchester Airport.

By improving access to south east Manchester and east Cheshire, the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will benefit communities and the local economy, in particular assisting the potential growth of Manchester Airport and Airport City as well as areas of Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire East