Carrington Relief Road

It has been a longstanding ambition of Trafford Council to invest in transport and infrastructure in and around Carrington. One aspect of this investment will be the Carrington Relief Road, the principle of which is embodied in the 2012 Core strategy for the borough. Various route possibilities for the road have been considered and an independent review has now recommended two route options.

The objectives of the Carrington Relief Road are:

  • Provide access and capacity within the transport network to enable housing and employment growth;
  • Improve public transport and active travel provision to existing areas which are poorly served and to housing and employment growth areas;
  • Improve cycling connectivity, including reduced journey times and journey ambience between the Carrington Spur and Common Lane;
  • Reduce traffic using the A6144 Manchester Road through Carrington village and the Isherwood Road / Manchester Road Junction;
  • Improve journey times across Carrington, between Common Lane and Isherwood Road.

Various route options for the Carrington Relief Road have been considered by Amey Consulting, who provide Professional Services to Trafford Council. Options following the existing road network (online) and new road alignments (offline) have been reviewed. The design team also considered direct routes through Carrington and more indirect routes to the north and south of the village.

In late 2020 a comprehensive review of these options was undertaken which recommended two route options for further analysis. The Preliminary Options Appraisal Report details the findings of this review.

Map of Carrington
Options map (view larger version)


An engagement presentation to explain the work that has been done in assessing options for the route and the next steps that will be taken to determine the preferred option has been recorded for you to view at your convenience. A transcript is also available to read alongside the video.

The period for submitting questions has now closed and we are reviewing the responses received as part of our ongoing work on the project. Further updates will be published in Spring/Summer 2021.


This timeline shows the planned programme of works going forward. Some dates may change, particularly where they are affected by COVID-19 but this programme will be kept up to date with the current programme.

Programme of works timescales
StageAnticipated date
Preferred option selection Summer 2021
Planning application submitted Spring 2022
Start of construction Spring 2023
Scheme opening Autumn 2024

Related documents

Transport Locality Assessments – Trafford Allocations this was prepared to support the proposed GMSF 2020, New Carrington allocation.

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