Warrington East - Phases 2 and 3

Latest news

The road widening work to provide a separate left turn lane on the approach to Blackbrook Avenue roundabout has been completed three weeks ahead of schedule. This means this section of Birchwood Way from College Place to Blackbrook Avenue has been reopened to two-way traffic.

There are some minor works remaining but these will be carried out using local traffic management outside peak traffic hours between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Work in progress during the next few weeks from 26 November on Warrington phase 2

College Place

  • Installation of traffic signal cable ducts across Woolston Grange Avenue
  • Installation of ducts on the splitter island on Birchwood Way west
  • Construction of shared footway / cycleways in several locations

George Duckworth Island and Oakwood Gate

  • Installation of the new drainage system in the west verge of Oakwood Gate

Birchwood Way west of Oakwood Gate

  • Construction of the new footpath alongside Birchwood Way near the subway
  • Earthworks for the road widening between Oakwood Gate and the Subway

Traffic Management in operation

College Place

  • Narrow lanes westbound over the M6 bridge on approach to the junction, with one lane closed at off-peak times (0930 – 1600).
  • Off-peak lane closures on the roundabout and approaches (0930 - 1600).

George Duckworth Island

  • Off-peak lane closures (0930 – 1600) on George Duckworth Island and the approaches from Oakwood Gate (northbound) and Birchwood Park Avenue (southbound), and on Birchwood Way westbound on both sides of the junction.

Narrow lanes on Birchwood Way westbound from Oakwood Gate.

Illustration of the different phases

The plans

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. 

Final approval for the project was given at the April Executive Board Committee together with the appointment of Balfour Beatty as the principal contractor. 

Warrington East Phase 3

Latest news

Work to clear trees and bushes alongside Birchwood Way between Moss Gate and the M62 junction will begin on 6 December 2018 in preparation for the start of construction of this next phase beginning in January 2019. 

These clearance works will be quite extensive as the area so that the new westbound carriageway can be built. We'll ensure all clearance works will be undertaken with care so that woodland beyond the clearance area will be well protected and preserved.

The clearance will be taking place over several weeks, however traffic on Birchwood Way won't be affected by this work.

The project

Location: A574 Birchwood Way from M62 junction 11 to the Moss Gate / Daten Avenue junction.

The aim of this scheme is to provide additional traffic capacity and reduce congestion in this area. It's the latest stage in the series of improvements to Birchwood Way that were started back in 2015 (the Birchwood Pinch Point project) and more recently the Warrington East Phase 2 (more information below) scheme which is now well under construction. These schemes 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.

The scheme will include the construction of a new carriageway on the south side of Birchwood Way for traffic travelling towards Warrington. The existing single carriageway will carry traffic towards the M62 when this section is complete. It will also form a dual carriageway link between Moss Gate to M62 J11, significantly increasing capacity for access into and out of Birchwood from the motorway.

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.

Following the Executive Board approval and subject to the granting of a number of statutory consents we're anticipating the scheme to start inDecember 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 fence. There'll 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)

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