Carrington Link Road

Have YOU heard of the Jevons paradox?

Click on the graphic to watch this very short, but very appropriate video demonstrating what happens when you open a new road!

Collisions, noise, light, toxins… what could roads and their traffic be doing to our bird populations?

Click on the photo to the left to go to this short video by
Sophia C. Cooke, who has researched this subject.

On 27th September 2021, Trafford Council’s Executive Committee approved the route for what they are calling the Carrington Relief Road, despite feedback from Natural England raising significant concerns about the environment impact of this option. You can read our review of the proposals in our blog, here.

On 13th October 2021, the Friends of Carrington Moss presented their petition of 1,622 signatures to Full Council, which was followed by a short “debate” during which a representative from each political Party spoke for around 3 minutes, followed by a summing up by Councillor Andrew Western (Leader of Trafford Council).

During the presentation, the Friends group requested a seat at the table in the design of the plans for the area, invited Councillors to consider the genuine alternatives to the Carrington Relief Road and asked for Trafford’s declaration of a climate emergency to be fully taken into consideration. You can read our full presentation here.

You can hear the responses of the Councillors here (fast forward to 13 minutes 55 seconds).

In early July 2021, we were asked by Trafford/Amey for feedback about the Walking, Cycling and Horseriding implications of the plans for the road. We worked with local Parish Councils and other interested groups such as Peak and Northern Footpaths Society, Ramblers Trafford, horseriding and cycling colleagues to put together the following response, which was submitted on 23rd July 2021.

In February 2021, Trafford made their Carrington Relief Road website available to residents. They commenced an Engagement process (this was not a formal consultation), which allowed residents to raise questions about the Options Appraisal document that had been issued and was referenced on the website. There was also an indication of the timescales for the implementation of the road, which suggested that the scheme would open in Autumn 2024.

The Friends group and representatives from local Parish Councils met with members of the project team on 8th March 2021 to review their priority questions. The input document used at that meeting is available on the button below, the document has used the transcript from the video on the website as a focus for the questions (note that the priority questions, which were raised at the meeting, have been duplicated at the beginning of the document).

Following the decision by the Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration (6th January 2021), Trafford published the Carrington Relief Road Options Report, which set out the options being considered and the planned approach to public consultation. The Options Appraisal Report provided more detail about the options and the pros and cons for each.

We encouraged all our members to respond to the consultation (when it begins) and we hope they will object to any routes that suggests the road goes across Carrington Moss. Carrington Parish Council and the Friends of Carrington Moss have proposed a route that takes traffic (particularly HGVs) across the Ship Canal. This would be a much better solution and would support Trafford’s declaration of a climate emergency and their recently published Carbon Neutral Action Plan.

Back in February 2020, we were very disappointed to read the document Trafford shared on their website (an Executive Summary of the Outline Business Case for the Carrington Relief Road).  There has still been no consultation about the need for this road, never mind the route and there is no recognition in the document about the damage to local ecology and biodiversity, the cost to the health and well-being of local residents and the impact on habitats which are the breeding and feeding grounds of over 20 red listed birds and a number of endangered species, including the water vole. In addition, there is no mention at all about the impact of the huge number of HGVs on the health of local residents and the vibration damage caused to their homes. The Return on Investment does not take any account any of these problems, the environmental losses, nor is there any reference to air or noise pollution for impacted residents. 

We held a public meeting back in February and wrote to Trafford’s Chief Executive about our concerns. We also submitted a number of Freedom of Information Act requests to clarify some of the issues we had raised. There is more information about these actions below.

We then began working with Carrington Parish Council to develop our own Community Focused Transport Strategy for the area and have subsequently presented our proposal to other Parish Councils, businesses and Trafford officers. Having held several public meetings to present our ideas to residents, the document has been much improved following their feedback.

We held a public meeting on 25th February 2020, which concluded that we should write to the CEO of Trafford to raise our concerns.  We wanted to understand Trafford’s Strategic Intentions for these roads but also highlighted the risks the roads would bring (air pollution and local flooding being just two of them) and pointing out a large number of errors in the document. 

At the same time, we also raised a number of Freedom of Information Act requests, which gave us access to local authority documents that are not currently in the public domain. 

Because of the Covid pandemic, we did not get responses to either our letter nor the FOI requests until July and both raised more queries.  A detailed response has been made to the FOI documents and further information will be shared as it becomes available.

A further email was sent to Trafford’s CEO and discussions about the road continue with Trafford Officers. 

In the meantime, we have been working closely with Carrington Parish Council to develop a Balanced, Community Focused, Transport Strategy for the area and, whilst we are still awaiting the details of Trafford’s planned consultation events about the roads, we have presented our proposal to them and hope that it will form one of the options to be considered.

Information discussed and presented at the public meeting on 25th February 2020 is set out below. At the meeting we discussed the contents of the Carrington Relief Road document, the options available to us and agreed our next steps.

The first action we agreed was to write to the CEO of Trafford, copying the Leader of the Council and our local MPs. This letter was sent on 28th February.

We continue to gather signatures for our petition against the road, we’d be delighted if you would help us raise awareness about the road and collect more signatures .

We have already been talking to some of the Trafford officers dealing with the plans for the road and they have confirmed that there will be genuine consultation with local residents, which we welcome.

We have asked for more information about the way the project will be structured, the timetable, the communications strategy and the approach for ensuring all risks/issues are captured and mitigated.

The other key issues we raised are set out below:

There is no reference in the document to horse riding, despite there being over 1,000 horses stabled near to Carrington Moss, many of which access the bridleways frequently. 
We have raised a number of issues relating to the financials set out in the Outline Business Case
Hopefully residents will be fully involved in the development of future documentation

Many parts of Carrington Moss are subject to regular surface water flooding.  In fact, we have had very high levels of flooding continuously since October 2019, now extending into Dainewell Woods, leading us to recognise a new feature on the Moss, “Carrington Lake”.  Click here to take a look at some of our photos on our feature page.

It is of great concern to existing local residents that, if building takes place in this location, there will be a severe and regular impact from flooding once our protective habitats are eliminated.  A Local Authority decision which resulted in such a major consequence for existing residents would bring considerable health risks and significant costs.
The emphasis throughout the document is on road network improvements, rather than seeking ways to reduce the reliance on the car.  This is inconsistent with the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040, which aims to reduce car journeys by 50%, and the Clean Air GM campaign.

Residents have a number of ideas aimed at reducing reliance on the car and improving access to the isolated communities in Carrington, Partington and Sale West.

There are a number of Factual Errors and Misleading statements within the Outline Business Case document, which we highlighted in our letter.

Finally, we feel strongly that residents should have sufficient information to enable them to contribute as fully as other key stakeholders, who have clearly been involved in various discussions to date.  With this in mind, a Freedom of Information Act request has been submitted in relation to the Carrington Relief Road and, depending on the information supplied, may need to be repeated for the other parts of the scheme (the Sale West Link Road and the Southern Link Road).  We are hoping for a quick response, especially given the rapid timetable for this programme of work.

We’d like to remind you about some of the other reasons why we will be objecting to the road.