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Have your say on new link road proposals

Western link Published: Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Proposed plans for a new link road to ease traffic congestion in Warrington are set to go on display in July.

Warrington Borough Council is exploring options for a business case for a new link road to the south-west of Warrington, to cut congestion and ease traffic flow.

Six possible route options for the road have been identified and the council is seeking opinions on these options before submitting a bid for funding to the Department for Transport (DfT).

Cllr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, said: “People know that, as a result of Warrington’s growth and success, there has been a steady rise in local traffic congestion. Our road network faces unique challenges, with existing heavy traffic congestion and limited opportunities for improvement of the highway network.”

Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for highways and transportation, said: “We’ve been given funding by Government to develop the case for a potential new link around the south-west of the town which could link the A56 or A5060 Chester Road with the A57 or A562 in Great Sankey.

“If this bid is successful and we receive the funding for a new link road, it is envisaged that this will bring congestion relief to the town centre and enable the development of land that is currently poorly served by road infrastructure.”

“We hope that local people and businesses will participate in the public consultation to share their views on the proposals.”

The consultation begins on Friday 30 June and runs until Friday 28 July. Public exhibitions are taking place over a number of dates, times and locations and will be an opportunity for residents and local businesses to share their views on the potential for a new link road or alternatively, people can give their views online at warrington.gov.uk/westernlink.  Consultation documents will be available for people to take away from libraries.

Following this, the business case with the preferred route will then be presented to the DfT in December 2017. If the bid is successful it is expected that construction could begin on the road in the early 2020’s.

Exhibitions will take place on:

  • Saturday 1 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
  • Monday 3 July, 3pm – 8pm, Burtonwood Community Centre
  • Tuesday 4 July, 3pm – 8pm, Orford Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way
  • Wednesday 5 July, 3pm – 8pm, Appleton Parish Hall
  • Thursday 6 July, 3pm – 8pm, Walton Hall
  • Friday 7 July, 3pm – 8pm, The Peace Centre
  • Saturday 8 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
  • Monday 10 July, 3pm – 8pm, Waterside Inn
  • Tuesday 11 July, 3pm – 8pm, Winwick Leisure Centre
  • Wednesday 12 July, 3pm – 8pm, Woolston Neighbourhood Hub
  • Thursday 13 July, 3pm – 6pm, St John’s Community Church Hall
  • Friday 14 July, 5pm – 8.30pm, Whittle Hall Community Centre
  • Saturday 15 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
  • Monday 17 July, 3pm – 8pm, Birchwood Leisure Centre
  • Tuesday 18 July, 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Lymm Village Hall
  • Wednesday 19 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
  • Thursday 20 July, 3pm – 8pm, Kings Community Centre
  • Friday 21 July, 10am – 5pm, Sainsbury’s Chapelford

Click here for more information on the consultation.