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Airport road link gets go-ahead

Manchester Airport
The road will link the airport with Hazel Grove

A new road link between Manchester Airport and Hazel Grove will go ahead once regional funding has been secured, the government has said.

The road will link the M56 Airport Spur, the A555 at Heald Green and the A6 at Hazel Grove, bypassing Poynton.

The scheme is part of a government plan to fast-track public projects as a way of boosting the economy.

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon pledged 165m of government cash - but local partners must commit to the scheme.

Mr Hoon said: "I am making this 165m available to unblock a scheme which has for too long languished on engineering drawing boards and to galvanise regional and local partners into considering how together we can make this happen.

"I look forward to working with the region to seize this opportunity."

The link road is part of the original South East Manchester Multi Modal Study (SEMMS) road scheme, also known as the South East Manchester Relief Road scheme.

It was cancelled by the government last year, after the Department for Transport said it was not within budget.

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