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At present, Balfour Beatty have determined that they are able to remain operational, in line with current guidance on COVID-19 from the UK Government, at Centre Park Link but they will only be undertaking activities where they are able to appropriately implement the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 4 July 2020 by the Construction Leadership Council.

Work in progress week commencing 19 October 2020

Wilson Patten Street

Two-way temporary traffic signals will be in place between Slutchers Lane and Winmarleigh Street from Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 October. These will be in operation between 9:30 am to 3:30 pm so that we can carry out carriageway widening works. During this time, the footway on the south side of Wilson Patten Street will be closed. Pedestrians will be diverted onto the opposite side of the road utilising the zebra crossing close to Bold Street and the puffin crossing outside Warrington Bank Quay station.

Chester Road

On 21 October, two-way temporary traffic signals will be in place adjacent to Chester Road Services (Texaco Garage). These will be in operation between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm so that we can carry out footway works. However, the right turn vehicle movement into and out of Gainsborough Road remain restricted.

Slutchers Lane

Slutchers Lane is now closed at the junction of Wilson Patten Street (until mid-December 2020). As a result, the access to Slutchers Lane for all businesses and properties along Slutchers Lane including the private service road and Bank Quay Trading Estate will be from Chester Road via the new bridge. Vehicles will be restricted from turning right out of Slutchers Lane onto Chester Road. Instead, they will be diverted via Brian Bevan Roundabout to return south down Chester Road.

Please refer to the plan below showing the proposed access route.

    Slutchers Lane diversion


    Temporary traffic signals will be in operation between the private service road and entrance to the station car park for safety and to maintain a temporary pedestrian walkway (as and when required).

    Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and will be under the control of the Principal Contractor Balfour Beatty during the working hours. Please note, these timescales are subject to change due to the nature of live construction projects and the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19. 

    If you require more information you can contact the project team by email at

    The project

    The project proposes a bridge crossing across the River Mersey from Chester Road, just north of Gainsborough Road. This proposed crossing would join onto an extended Slutchers Lane leading from Wilson Patten Street. A new signal controlled junction is to be constructed at each end of the new link on Chester Road and Wilson Patten Street.


    The cost for the project is currently £19.89 million. Contributors include:

    • Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise partnership - £5.3 million via the Local Growth Fund. View the business case submitted to the Local Enterprise Partnership and associated documents.
    • Ministry of Housing Community and Local Government - £3.7 million via the Housing Infrastructure Fund. 
    • The remainder will be funded via council borrowing
    Gainsborough Road traffic calming consultation

    A public consultation has been undertaken regarding the timing of the proposed traffic calming measures along Gainsborough Road. A consultation report will be available on this page in the coming weeks.

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    Slutchers Lane diversion plan