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.

The objectives of the Carrington Relief Road are:

  • Providing sufficient capacity within the transport network to deliver growth in housing and employment;
  • Improving journey times and journey time reliability to create a network suitable for improved public transport services;
  • Providing an alternative route for traffic using the A6144;
  • Creating the ability to introduce speed and safety measures and to encourage active travel, especially through Carrington Village;
  • Providing improved infrastructure and environmental enhancements which encourage active travel to and within the development area, including walking, cycling and horse riding.

Various route possibilities for the road have been considered and an independent review recommended two route options. 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)

Following the findings of the review, significant progress has been made which includes the following:

  • Trafford Executive formally approved the preferred option (Option F), the offline route in Sept 2021.
  • Design development commenced in November 2021 and is ongoing.
  • An Environmental Statement Scoping submission is planned in January 2023 with local community engagement ongoing until early 2023.
  • A Consultation exercise will take place in early Spring 2023 with a full planning application planned in late summer 2023.
  • A Planning decision will be sought in early 2024, and if successful a Business Case and appointment of Principal Contractor will be progressed along with land and funding finalisation works. Works are currently planned to commence late 2024.


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.


This timeline shows the planned programme of works going forward. Some dates may change, 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 Summer 2023
Start of construction Winter 2024
Scheme opening Spring 2027

Related documents

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

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