Warrington East - Phases 2 and 3

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Following completion of the carriageway surfacing at College Place, resurfacing work will be taking place on Birchwood Way at Oakwood Gate junction (George Duckworth Roundabout) from Monday 9 September for approximately two weeks.

This work will take place overnight, with roads closed from 7pm to 5am on Monday to Friday nights. Diversions will be in place at these times.

The sections of road to be closed are:

  • Birchwood Way westbound, Oakwood Gate to College Place, from 9 September for 2 weeks
  • Oakwood Gate northbound (from Dewhurst Road / Ordnance Avenue roundabout) to Birchwood Way; and George Duckworth Roundabout western half (towards Birchwood Park Avenue), on 9 and 10 September, and 13 and 16 September

The programmed dates may be altered if the work is affected by adverse weather etc.

Birchwood Way from Daten Avenue / Moss Gate junction to Oakwood Gate will remain open, but westbound traffic will only be able to turn left towards Birchwood Centre at Oakwood Gate when the western half of George Duckworth Roundabout is closed. Traffic from M62 towards Warrington will be diverted onto Daten Avenue, Birchwood Park Avenue and Glover Road to reach College Place.

Northbound traffic on Oakwood Gate will be diverted via Ordnance Avenue and Moss Gate, and then onto Daten Avenue.

Bus service diversions will be advertised on affected bus stops and on the Warrington’s Own Buses website. This will affect evening services 17, 28 and 28E from 7pm, which will divert via the Faraday Street bus gate and not serve Roberts Fold bus stop towards the town centre.

Fearnhead Lane is to be closed to traffic at the junction with Crab Lane on Friday 13 September from 7pm to 11pm approximately. This is to allow the construction of a raised speed table on Fearnhead Lane near Crab Lane, where a new Zebra crossing is to be installed as part of the pedestrian and cycleway improvements in the Warrington East Phase 2 project.

Traffic will be diverted along Crab Lane, Enfield Park Road, Blackbrook Avenue and vice-versa. An alternative route is via Birchwood Way, Blackbrook Avenue and Insall Road.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these roadworks and diversions.

Diversion routes for Oakwood Gate Phase 2 closure

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Other work in progress during the next few weeks from 9 September

College Place

  • Installation of traffic signal equipment
  • Surfacing to the footways and cycleways
  • Construction of a raised zebra crossing near the end of Fearnhead Lane
  • Minor works towards completion including landscaping

Phase 3 (Moss Gate to M62)

  • Laying the surfacing materials on the new carriageway
  • Installation of street lighting ducts

Traffic Management in operation

  • A 30mph speed limit is in force within the work areas
  • Off-peak lane closures (0930 - 1600) are in place at College Place and Oakwood Gate junctions, and on Birchwood Way westbound between Oakwood Gate and College Place
  • Narrow lanes on Birchwood Way westbound from Oakwood Gate at all times
  • Off-peak temporary traffic lights at the Crab Lane / Fearnhead Lane junction

Phase 3: Narrow lane in each direction between Moss Gate and M62, 30mph speed limit. Site entries and exits for construction traffic are off Birchwood Way travelling westbound.

If you'd like more information you can contact the project team by email at we2@warrington.gov.uk.

Warrington East phases 2 and 3 project overview

Phase 2 background

The Warrington East phase 2 project is designed to improve overall traffic flow along the A574 Birchwood Way, reducing congestion, improving road safety and general accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians. The project follows the success of the Birchwood Pinchpoint (Phase 1), and is funded from the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Deal and our own Capital Investment Programme.

The project comprises junction improvements on Birchwood Way at College Place, Oakwood Gate and Blackbrook Avenue. The improvement at Blackbrook Avenue was completed in November 2018.

Construction of Phase 2 started in July 2018, and the project is due to be completed in December 2019 (except for landscaping, which will follow in Spring 2020). The principal contractor is Balfour Beatty Civils Limited.

The plans

Phase 3 background

The Warrington East Phase 3 project will make the section of Birchwood Way from the Daten Avenue / Moss Gate junction to the M62 junction 11 into a dual carriageway. A new carriageway for traffic travelling towards Warrington will be constructed to the south of the existing carriageway. The existing carriageway will then carry traffic towards the M62. There will be two lanes on each carriageway.

The aim of this project is to provide additional traffic capacity and reduce congestion in and out of Birchwood to the motorway. It's the last stage in the series of improvements to Birchwood Way that were started in 2015 (the Birchwood Pinch Points project) and more recently the Warrington East Phase 2 project that is now under construction. These projects will support access to new employment proposals in east Warrington, supporting existing jobs especially in the Birchwood Enterprise Zone.

A stakeholder engagement for the scheme was carried out in May 2018 with feedback illustrating extensive support for the scheme.

As part of the scheme the motorway roundabout at Junction 11 will be resurfaced with new road markings to improve capacity and safety. The existing vegetation on the south side of Birchwood Way will be removed to make space for the new carriageway and the vegetation on the north side will be trimmed back. Ecology surveys have been carried out work to protect Great Crested Newts in the area has been successfully completed. There will be a landscaping scheme for the south side of the road to blend into the remaining woodland. This road is an important gateway to Warrington and the landscaping scheme has been designed to enhance its appearance.

Construction of the scheme started in December 2018, with the main construction work starting in January 2019 and lasting about 12 months before it's fully complete. The construction of the project will be run parallel with the Warrington East Phase 2 scheme that's currently being built between Blackbrook Avenue and Oakwood Gate with the same contractor, Balfour Beatty, building the Phase 3 scheme. This approach will provide cost savings benefits and minimise the overall duration of traffic disruption in the area.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on Birchwood Way while the new carriageway is being built, with work taking place behind a safety barrier. There will be some off-peak lane restrictions at the end of the scheme where the new carriageway joins the existing one. We'll also need to undertake some night time road closures for necessary resurfacing works, however we'll coordinated these with the M62 Managed Motorway scheme.
The cost of the scheme is approximately £9.4M and is being funded by:

  • National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) (£4M)
  • Funding transfer from Warrington East Phase 2 (£2.646M)
  • Warrington BC capital borrowing (£2.75M)