A HUGE £30m relief road designed to by-pass Carrington and alleviate the village’s ‘severely congested’ routes is one step closer.

The relief road would take heavy goods traffic away from the village, which is often gridlocked and subject to a large amount of exhaust emissions as traffic crawls through the area.

When traffic is moving, Carrington residents have complained that passing lorries thundering through the village and striking potholes cause their homes to shake – in some cases making cracks in their walls.

Parish councillors previously called for a relief road but the plan remains controversial for some, who worry that it could open the door to ‘overdevelopment’ in the area.

Last year, developers HIMOR submitted an outline planning application to Trafford council for up to 320 homes in Carrington – the next step in bringing 725 homes and a new relief road to the area.

Describing Carrington as having ‘a severely congested road infrastructure’, a council report to the planning committee explained that HIMOR are required to make financial contributions to support the area through its development.

HIMOR have already paid the authority at least £641,025 to contribute to major infrastructure changes in the area, including the relief road.

But the report said: “The additional funding from developer contributions makes the delivery of the Carrington Relief Road much more certain as the funding gap can be closed by a mixture of these contributions and future payments.”

Currently Carrington’s main road, the A6144, is ‘operating well above capacity and is subject to severe congestion and significant queueing of traffic at peak times’, the report added.

It said: “The proposed new road will address this capacity issue and open up large areas of mainly brownfield land for development. The delivery of new highway infrastructure including the relief road is key to unlocking the development potential [of Carrington].

“Without this new highway new development in the area would result in a severe impact on the local road network.”

The road is set to assist further development nearby too, particularly around Partington, Carrington and Sale West in the planned New Carrington development, which is set to see 5,000 new homes.

The report went on to explain that the council is currently developing a number of options for the relief road’s layout, which the local community will be consulted on.

It is expected a full planning application for the relief road will be submitted in December 2021. If granted, construction of the road would being in April 2023 for a September 2024 opening.