The two possible routes for the controversial Carrington Relief Road confirmed

Two possible routes for the controversial Carrington Relief Road have been confirmed, and people can now have their say on them. Trafford council has been in the process of considering the possible options for the bypass before making a decision on the overall preferred route. The aim of the relief road is to take traffic out of Carrington village and ease its ‘severe congestion’ problems.

Transport links have been a persistent issue for the area, the village is plagued by heavy goods traffic thundering down its main road and long tailbacks form at peak times. A council spokesperson said: “It has been a long-standing ambition of Trafford council to invest in transport and infrastructure in and around Carrington.

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“One aspect of this investment will be the Carrington Relief Road. Various route possibilities for the road have been considered and an independent review has now recommended two route options.”

The six possible route options previously being considered were:

  • Option A – follows A1 route to west and online to the east, 4.5km long, starts at A6144 junction with Manchester road, turns north where A1 meets Isherwood Road, travels on to the Carrington Lane/Isherwood Road junction before turning east to join Carrington Spur.

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  • Option B – most southerly option, 4.7km long, travelling across farmers fields and Carrington Moss to the south of the village.

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  • Option C – most northerly option, located north of the current A6144, 3.8km long.

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  • Option D – 3.9km long, follows the same route as option A except at its westerly end where it diverts from the A1 to avoid Burford Bridge.

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  • Option E – shortest option at 3.3km long, starts 300m west of Carrington business part on A6144, then joins A1 before heading to Isherwood Road junction, where it then crosses open fields heading directly east, avoiding existing electricity pylons to join with Carrington Spur.

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  • Option F – uses the entire length of the existing A1 route through industrial estate until Isherwood Road junction, before following the same route as Option E across open fields, avoiding pylons and joining Carrington Spur to the east.

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Options A and F have now been chosen as the two best possible routes to be considered further by the council – a decision on which route will eventually be used is due later this year. Concerns had previously been voiced by community groups who feared for the future of Carrington Moss, home to a number of rare birds and plants – with these two options building across the Moss is not going to happen immediately. However, officers explained option A had been chosen as a possible preferred route because it allows the possibility of building routes across the Carrington Moss to ‘increase capacity’ in the future.

There are risks to the council associated with both routes. Both options will involve use of compulsory purchase orders and land acquisition processes to enable road widening and realignment options at the A6144 end of the routes, and to secure the open fields at the eastern end of option F. A ‘significant number’ of established hedgerows and mature trees will need to be removed to allow this option A’s route to go ahead.

Improvements will also be needed to the Isherwood Road/A6144 junction as part of option A and there is likely to be ‘significant disruption’ to the existing road network in the area while this route is constructed. For option F, there is more construction required over greenfield areas. A presentation explaining the logic behind the two route choices has been released and can be viewed in full on Youtube here.

All six routes are explained in the video, after being considered by council officers and council infrastructure contractors Amey PLC. Coun James Wright, executive member for housing and regeneration at Trafford council, said: “We know that transport into and out of Carrington, Partington and surrounding areas desperately needs improvement. Part of that improvement will need to be an upgrade for road transport – for cars, vans and HGVs but also buses and cycles – all of whom crowd onto narrow and unsuitable roads.

“The current situation makes life difficult for residents and businesses alike so we urgently need to explore options for getting better access into the area, for the benefit of all. “At this stage all we are assessing are the merits of potential routes for upgrading – but to make that process effective we would love to hear as many views as possible.”

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Public consultation events, which will be held virtually due to COVID-19, are being planned for spring and summer this year to allow people to have their say and ask questions. Details of how to have your say in these events will be released when confirmed.

These can be found, along with more information and the presentation, on the Carrington Relief Road webpage here. If you have any questions, or there are any aspects of the scheme you would like to know more about, you can email [email protected] by March 22 2021. These questions will then form the next phase of public consultation, in a series of more focused sessions where residents’ questions will be answered.

A council spokesperson explained that following the current period of public consultation a decision will be made on whether to progress to a preferred route, later in the year.

They added: “Any such decision will be made in the context of the views gathered, additional analysis where necessary and consideration of wider transport options.”