Warrington Western Link
Over the last 10 years, Warrington has experienced significant economic development that has given rise to increased traffic congestion. To help solve this, the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded us funding to develop the business case for a potential new road, which would link the A56 Chester Road in Higher Walton with the A57 Sankey Way in Great Sankey.
To help the us develop our business case, public consultation was undertaken in 2017 in order to raise awareness about the proposals and get feedback on the potential route options. After taking into consideration public comments, the revised red route has been chosen as the recommended route for the Warrington Western Link project. The business case identifies how the route will help ease some of the town’s long standing issues with congestion by linking the A56 Chester Road with the A57 in Great Sankey, as illustrated below, and has the potential to unlock development land that has been poorly served by road infrastructure.
The project team undertook a number of technical assessments to produce an Outline Business Case (OBC). The OBC makes the case for the Western Link scheme and provides initial detail on how the we'd intend to deliver the project. This includes information on how the decision to recommend the preferred was reached, plus wider information and evidence to substantiate the need for the project. This wider evidence includes the outputs from the two rounds of public consultation, and further detail on the public consultation is available within the Statement of Community Involvement.
We've provided the following documents for your information:
- Revised red route option [pdf] – the preferred route option for the Western Link.
- Statement of Community Involvement [pdf] – a document that details the outcomes and results from the consultation activity undertaken as part of the project development process.
- Outline Business Case – this key document was submitted to the DfT as part of the funding bid. This documents detail the case for the scheme and how we intend to deliver it.
- Consultation FAQs [pdf] - some further questions answered.
Following Executive Board approval of the project team’s recommendation in November 2017, the Outline Business Case was submitted to the Department for Transport. Following approval of the recommendations in November 2017, the scheme became an official council scheme.
Over 2018, the scheme was considered against other major infrastructure schemes across England, as part of the Large Local Majors Fund. In April 2019, we were informed that funding for the scheme had been approved and that the DfT was committing to funding £142.5m of the estimated total £212m build cost.
We're now seeking to progress work on the scheme over the next two years to develop detailed designs, submit a planning application, acquire land required for the scheme, undertake the relevant ecological, environmental and flood risk assessments and engage with residents, businesses and stakeholders, in addition to a number of other significant work packages. We'll also need to develop an extensive work schedule for the delivery of the Western Link which will constitute one of the largest engineering projects in the North West. Updates will be provided regularly on this webpage
The Western Link scheme may give rise to Statutory Blight pursuant to Part VI, Chapter II and Schedule 13 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), as a consequence of formally announcing the preferred route. For those residents who consider that they may have a claim for statutory blight, information is provided below regarding the formal process that should be followed. In order to avoid claims being unduly delayed, all claimants should adopt the process outlined in our Statutory Blight Process.