Time Square development

Work is well underway - please keep up to date with roadworks for any possible disruptions.

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As part of the ongoing construction works associated with the above development, the closure of Academy Way to eastbound traffic is to be extended to allow further construction activities to be completed. 

The extent of the temporary traffic management arrangements are detailed below from Monday 8 July to mid November 2019:

Temporary restriction / order

Temporary Prohibition of Driving and Footway Closure – 24 Hours:

  • Academy Way (eastbound traffic) - From its junction with Bridge Street to its junction with Bank Street.

The alternative routes will be:

  • Academy Way (eastbound traffic) via Bridge Street, Mersey Street, Dial Street, Buttermarket Street, Academy Street.

Temporary one way system

  • Moulders Lane – From Academy Way to Bank Street (north to south and from west to east).

Appointment of Temporary Hackney Carriage Stand and Clearway Order, between the hours of 9pm and 5am:

  • Academy Way - The south east side of Academy Way from a point 18.2 metres north east of its junction with Bank Street for a distance of 51 metres in a north easterly direction – 8 spaces.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to these improvement works and ask for your patience.

Once completed these improvements will provide a retail and leisure-led development to revitalise the traditional retail heart of Warrington’s town centre and Bridge Street area. Correspondence will be issued to local businesses/properties to keep them fully informed and we'll continue to do so throughout the works.


When open in 2019 the development will include a new state-of-the-art, 13 screen, 2,500 seat multiplex cinema operated by Cineworld. The project will also see the development of several restaurants, a new market hall, new council offices, a new 1160 space multi-storey car park and a new civic square.

This project will create up to 400 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs in the leisure, retail and restaurant sectors.

The new temporary market was opened on 2 September 2017 by the Lord Mayor and will be home for the market traders until work is completed on the second phase of development. The second phase will see the demolition of the current market hall and the build of the new permanent £10 million, 31,150 sq. ft. market market hall as well as the construction of contemporary new offices for the council.

At no time will the market close or cease to trade.