A555

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A555
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Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road
From: Manchester Airport (SJ818856)
To: Hazel Grove (SJ933859)
Length: 8 miles (12.9 km)
Meets:  M56, B5166, B5358, A34, A5102, A5149, A523, A6
Primary Destinations
Manchester Airport
Highway Authorities

Cheshire East • Stockport

Traditional Counties

Cheshire

Route outline (key)
A555 Manchester Airport - Hazel Grove
A555 Hazel Grove - Bredbury
This article is about the current A555.
For the original A555 from Backford on the A51 to Ellesmere Port, see A555 (Backford - Ellesmere Port)
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For the former A555 Barnet Bypass, see A555 (Barnet Bypass).

The A555 is a short grade seperated dual carriageway running between Woodford and Handforth to the south of Manchester. It opened in 1995 as part of the construction of the Wilmslow and Handforth bypass, with stubs at the Handforth end with the intention of continuing the route to Manchester Airport.

Route

Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road
The route starts at a roundabout on the A5102 at Woodford and runs for 2 and a half miles to its terminus on the B5358 at Handforth. Near the western end, there is a grade separated junction with the A34 Wilmslow and Handforth bypass. The route is a national speed limit D2 for its entire length. Traffic wishing to access Manchester Airport must use local roads at the western end to complete the journey.

History

The unused western bridge

The current incarnation of the A555 appeared in 1995 when this short stretch of road opened. The plan was to build a dual carriageway from the end of the M56 Manchester Airport spur east to the A34 (where the Wilmslow bypass was about to be built), continuing east to bypass Poynton (and the busy A523 trunk road), and on to the A6 at High Lane south of Stockport where it would continue north as the Stockport bypass (as the A6(M)). This road was seen as vital to traffic management in South Manchester/North Cheshire, and would have relieved the M60 and the local roads around Wilmslow/Cheadle which carried a lot of airport traffic coming from the south and east.

The road was built as a part of the planned Stockport North-South Bypass and Manchester Airport Link Road, though only the latter is planned to be finished.

This route was originally part of the planned Manchester Outer Ring Road until the 1970s, at which point the M63 Stockport East-West Bypass was preferred for the main orbital route.

Future

In late 2014 work started as part of the South East Manchester Multi Modal Strategy (SEMMMS) to extend the route to the Airport in the west and to the A6 at Hazel Grove in the east. Construction is due to be completed towards the end of 2017, however no indication has been given if one section will open earlier than the other.

Manchester Airport Link Road (Western Section)

The western section will start at the unfinished grade separated junction with the B5358, passing under the existing bridge where west facing slip roads will be constructed. There will be a signalised crossroads with Styal Road, above the railway before continuing west to link into Ringway Road, which itself has already been dualled in preparation for the link and will assume the A555 number on completion. As of April 2016, very little work has happened on this side compared to the eastern section.

The section from Ringway Road to the B5166 opened in August 2018, with the section between the B5166 and B5358 opening in October 2018.

Manchester Airport Link Road (Eastern Section)

The western section will start at Woodford Road Junction which is being converted to a grade separated junction as part of the work with only west facing sliproads. It is understood that no junction was planned here at all in the 1990s version of the plan. The route will continue east to a large singalised roundabout at Chester Road Junction which will link to the A5149, this junction allows space for the future A523 Poynton bypass. Crossing the Stockport - Stoke railway the A555 will pass under Woodford Road without interchanging before meeting the A523 at Macclesfield Road Junction to the south of Hazel Grove. The final stretch will pass under the Stockport - Buxton line and former A6 before meeting a realigned A6 at Simpsons Corner.

The bridge under the Stockport - Buxton rail line was slid into place over the Easter period in March 2016.

This section opened in October 2018.

Links



A555
JunctionsBredbury Interchange • Chester Road Junction (Poynton) • Gillbent Interchange • Macclesfield Road Junction • Simpsons Corner • Styal Road Junction • Terminals 1 and 3 Roundabout • Wilmslow Road Junction • Woodford Road Junction
PlacesHazel Grove • Manchester Airport
MiscellaneousDisley and High Lane Bypass
Related Pictures
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20180714-0829 - Buxton Road Bus Bridge over new A555 - 53.367986N 2.101013W.jpg20180714-0829 - Railway bridge over A555 - 53.367986N 2.101013W.jpg20180714-0830 - A555 meeting the realigned A6 junction at Simpsons Corner - 53.368261 2.101115W.jpg20180714-0831 - A555 looking west at railway bridge - 53.368261 2.101115W.jpgDSC 0543 Shadowmoss Runway 1 threshold 2016-12-03.JPG
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