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Manchester Airport relief road plans submitted

Manchester Airport relief road plans submitted
The Manchester Airport relief road project took a huge step forward as plans for the development were submitted.

Carillion and Morgan Sindall have secured the contract in a joint venture between the two and will involve improving the A6 towards the airport. Work will involve designing, construction and defecting liability maintenance of a dual carriageway running from the A6 at Hazel Grove to the Ringway Road/Ringway Road West junction. It will incorporate the existing section of the A555 and provide huge benefits to people travelling to Manchester Airport.

The airport is already the third busiest in the UK, behind Heathrow and Gatwick, and is set to grow within the coming years. There are already plans in place to create an 'Airport City' with the project gaining backing from Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG). The £800 million development will help Manchester compete with the likes of Amsterdam, Barcelona and Frankfurt. Airport City will include five million sq ft of mix-use offices, hotels, advanced manufacturing and warehousing.

As Manchester Airport expands it is expected to bring more and more passengers and workers to the area meaning a swell on the roads around the area. The £290 million project between Carillion and Morgan Sindall is designed to "unlock the economic potential of south-east Manchester and east Cheshire", according to Cheshire East, Stockport and Manchester City councils.

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, leader of Stockport Council, said: “These are significant steps in the delivery of the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road. Subject to planning approval, we look forward to working closely with Carillion and Morgan Sindall to deliver the scheme, which will improve the local economy and improve lives within Stockport by reducing congestion on local roads.”

The funding for the development has been secured through £165 million of specific Department for Transport capital grant while £105 million has come from the government and a further £20 million through Local Transport Plan funding.

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Date: 04/11/2013 16:08:00

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