Stockport Council has been given confirmation it can begin work with Manchester and Cheshire East Councils on the long-planned A6 to Airport relief road.
Construction work is expected to begin soon, with some environmental works before the end of February and the main contract works commencing in March.
The work is expected to be open to traffic by autumn 2017.
Cllr Sue Derbyshire, Leader of Stockport Council said: “As part of our ‘Investing in Stockport’ initiative we are committed to continually developing Stockport so that it is a great place to live, work and visit for all. Key to this is ensuring that residents and businesses have easy access across the borough and that our transport links develop so that they can meet the demands of modern life.
“We are delighted that the Secretary of State has considered the Public Inquiry Inspector’s report and confirmed the Order, which will allow an early start on the construction of the road scheme to be undertaken.”
The proposed scheme will provide approximately 10km of dual carriageway, linking the A6 at Hazel Grove to the eastern end of the existing A555 at Woodford Road, Bramhall and from the western end of the existing A555 at Wilmslow Road, Handforth to Manchester Airport.
By improving access to south east Manchester and east Cheshire, the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will benefit communities and the local economy, in particular assisting the potential growth of Manchester Airport and Airport City as well as areas of Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire East.