A523 Poynton Relief Road

Scheme outline

Construction of a new single two-lane road bypassing Poynton to the west, which will connect the existing A523 to the south of the town with the new A555 Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road to the north.

Plans for a bypass of Poynton on roughly this line have existed for decades. In the past, however, the route was far less direct, having to travel around the north and east of the runway at Woodford Aerodrome. This has now closed, so the road is now planned to cross the site of the runway on an almost straight trajectory.

In preparation
Bypass or realignment
for use by all traffic
Highway authority


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7 November 2018

The East Cheshire Council web site states that a contract is to be awarded in mid-2019, with work commencing on site in late 2019 and the road opening in 2021.

17 February 2020

The East Cheshire Council web site now states that DfT approval of the Final Scheme Business Case has been delayed and is now expected in March/April 2020, with work commencing on site during July 2020 and the road opening in summer 2022.

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With thanks to Richard Bullock for information on this page.