1. Luke McDowell, ITV News

Rain delays Manchester Airport relief road

The opening of the Manchester Airport relief road has been delayed until Spring 2018 Credit: Manchester Evening News

Transport bosses say the full opening of the Manchester Airport Relief Road has been delayed - blaming too much rain.

The £300 million bypass, which runs from the A6 in Hazel Grove to the M56 via the existing A555 in Bramhall, was scheduled to be fully open in November.

But this date was pushed back to early 2018, and after further complications caused by the British weather, is now said to be spring next year.

It is the latest twist in a long-running saga that saw the three councils involved, Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire East, approve plans for the road in early 2014.

Other problems the road has faced are a public inquiry and more recently potential danger from golf balls at the sixth hole. The possibility balls could hit cars on the link between the A6 and the bypass meant a planning application for giant protective nets needed planning permission before work could continue.

The first section of the relief road will be opened to traffic after Easter.

A section between Yew Tree Avenue and Norbury Hollow Road, in Hazel Grove, will be used while construction work on the A6 bus bridge takes place.

The existing A6 will still be open to pedestrians and cyclists and access to homes and businesses maintained.

The proposed road plan Credit: Manchester Evening News

“Contractor Carillion Morgan Sindall is continuing to make progress on the 10km relief road. Since starting in 2015, contractors have worked hard to develop the road scheme.

However, heavy rainfall, localised flooding and poor ground conditions have led to changes to the construction programme being required and more time needed for certain works.”

– Spokesman for Stockport Council