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The Centre Park Link scheme is now complete, and Slutchers Lane from Chester Road to Wilson Patten Street is now open for use.

Remedial works in progress from 13 March 2021

We'll be undertaking remedial works to resurfacing on Saturday 13 March on Chester Road (between 7:00 pm and 1:00 am) and Slutchers Lane (between 7:00 pm and 5:00 am). To undertake these works, stop and go boards will be used on Chester Road and Slutchers Lane as and when required. 

Landscaping works will also take place on the embankment at Chester Road on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 March between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. The left turn filter lane from Chester Road to Slutchers Lane will be closed to allow us to undertake these works.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Please note, these timescales are subject to change due to the nature of live construction projects and the evolving situation concerning COVID-19. We'll report any changes to the above on this webpage. 

At present, Balfour Beatty (principal contractor) has determined that they can remain operational, in line with current guidance on COVID-19 from the UK Government, at Centre Park Link. Still, they will only be undertaking activities where they can appropriately implement the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 7 January 2021 by the Construction Leadership Council.

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 copy of the consultation report containing the consultation feedback and outcome is available below.

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