Find out more about £13m Birchwood road plans
Local residents, businesses, motorists and cyclists are being invited to find out more about the £13m plans to improve traffic flow in east Warrington.
A series of public exhibitions will be taking place this month, providing a range of information about the Warrington East phase 2 project.
The project – which follows the success of the Birchwood Pinchpoint (phase 1) – aims to reduce congestion and improve road safety along the Birchwood Way corridor; provide better pedestrian and cycling facilities; and improve network reliability. The project would support the Birchwood Enterprise Zone and Birchwood Park, improving access to employment and commercial sites.
The Phase 2 project consists of the following works:
- Blackbrook Avenue roundabout – new left-only lane on Birchwood Way on the westbound approach to the roundabout
- College Place roundabout – signalisation of the roundabout to manage traffic flow and the provision of new pedestrian/cycling paths and crossings
- Oakwood Gate roundabout – new slip road onto Birchwood Way heading towards Warrington
Construction is scheduled to start in July and will continue until December 2019. As there is likely to be some traffic disruption along Birchwood Way, the council has organised the public exhibitions so that local people and commuters can meet with members of the project team to see what is being planned.
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for highways, transportation and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “Warrington East Phase 2 - jointly funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership - is a key highway project which will deliver significant journey time, road safety and environmental improvements to the users of Birchwood Way. The project will also support the local economy, including business and trading areas and Birchwood shopping centre, so there are huge benefits ahead.
“We will be working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. However, as these works will be on site for over 19 months, it’s important that local people, businesses and key stakeholders are fully informed of the proposals to allow them to plan their daily journeys.
“These public events will give people the chance to have all their questions answered and find out how they can be kept informed throughout the construction period.”
Five exhibitions are being held in key locations in east Warrington to reach the largest number of local people and workers. The exhibitions will be manned by members of the project team, including council staff, the scheme designers and the principal contractor.
Details of the exhibitions are as follows:
Tuesday, 15 May, 12noon – 2pm: The Centre, Birchwood Park
Wednesday 16 May, 12noon – 8pm: Birchwood Shopping Centre, outside Asda
Thursday 17 May, 12noon – 6pm: Padgate Library, Insall Road
Saturday 19 May, 10am – 3pm: Birchwood Shopping Centre, outside Asda
Tuesday 22 May, 12noon – 2pm: The Centre, Birchwood Park
The council will also use the exhibitions to seek the public’s views on the Phase 3 project. This scheme – which involves the dualling of Birchwood Way between Moss Gate and Junction 11 of the M62 – is still being designed and is scheduled to start later in 2018/early 2019.
Anyone unable to attend one of the events can view the plans online at www.warrington.gov.uk/WE2. Further information can also be obtained from the project delivery team, by emailing at WE2@warrington.gov.uk.
About the project
• The Warrington East phase 1 project (Birchwood Pinchpoint) was completed in March 2016 and has proved successful in addressing some of the long term traffic congestion issues in Birchwood.
• The phase 2 project is expected to cost around £13.35M and will be funded by a combination of Growth Deal funding (LGF3) and council borrowing. There is also a contribution of £2m from the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Zone.
• The phase 3 project is the result of a successful bid made to the Department for Transport for National Productivity Investment Fund monies, which will cover some 70% of the cost. The remainder of the funding will come from the use of some phase 2 funding as well as council borrowing.
• The A574 corridor is an important eastern gateway into Warrington from the M62 and provides local access to employment and commercial sites in Birchwood. There have been long standing traffic congestion issues along this corridor – some of which have been partly resolved by the Warrington East phase 1 project (Birchwood Pinchpoint).
• Addressing the congestion and network reliability issues are high priority objectives of the phase 2 and 3 projects in order to maintain the economic attractiveness of the area for inward investment and protecting jobs.
• A public consultation exercise for the Phase 2 project took place in May and June 2017 and this resulted in widespread support for the proposed schemes with over 70% of respondents saying that they supported the proposals.