The Transport Secretary has officially opened the A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road, bringing thousands of jobs to the region and reducing congestion.
Costing £290 million, the road in Greater Manchester will improve connections in and around the city to the airport; already, motorists and business users of the road are seeing benefits, with journeys reduced by a tenth.
The A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road is part of the government’s multi-billion pound investment to improve journeys on the roads in the north, which will see sections of the M1 and M62 upgraded into smart motorways.
Elsewhere, the Department for Transport (DfT) has made more than £100 million available for other local road schemes such as the Poynton Relief Road, Congleton Link Road and Middlewich Bypass.
The new dual carriageway that is the A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road now links the A6 at Hazel Grove to the M56, while also providing much better connections to the £1 billion Airport City business park and development sites in Handforth Dean and Woodford.
Altogether, the government estimates that this will deliver a £2.5 billion boost to the regional economy and approximately 5,000 jobs will be created.
Pedestrian and cycle paths have also been created as part of the scheme, giving greater travel choices in the region.
Chris Grayling explained this project will benefit holidaymakers and businesses.
He said: “We are investing more in improving our roads than ever before, making it easier, safer and quicker for people to get where they want to go.
“This new road will not only make it easier for people to get to the airport and away on holiday, but it will help businesses in the North West improve their access to world trade through flights from Manchester.
“It will also lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, boosting the economy and further demonstrating the strength of the North West’s role in the Northern Powerhouse.”