Warrington Borough Council has announced the latest proposals for the Western Link road.

The project will see investment of around £212 million in the Borough, improving the local road network and creating jobs, while providing a major economic boost.

A public engagement period is now underway to allow local residents, businesses and other stakeholders to view the proposals and make their views known to the Council. This follows a comprehensive consultation exercise in 2017, in which local communities were asked to give their views on six possible routes and the Red Route was selected.

Plans have now been developed for the preferred route and residents have an opportunity to comment on the proposals.

The new Western Link road will tackle congestion, improve traffic flow, unlock key development land, and improve the quality of life for residents within the borough, which can be delivered through significant funding from Government.

The project will see significant investment in Warrington, improving journeys for those using cars, reducing the amount of congestion on the roads and making it easier to get from A to B, and it goes much further than this. The route will see new, on-road cycle lanes and pedestrian walkways and provide links to off-road paths and cycleways. It is about building on existing infrastructure, improving connectivity within the borough, and investing in the future.

Warrington Borough Council wants to hear what local people have to say and, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and current social distancing guidelines, has launched a fully-interactive digital engagement platform for local residents to view the proposals, interact with the wider project team and provide feedback.

The Council will also be hosting an interactive session over video and text chat to give the opportunity for local people to put their questions to the team. The dates for these will be announced on the project website.

You can get involved in the following ways:

• Visit the project website at warringtonwesternlink.co.uk

• Email feedback and questions to warringtonwesternlink@havingyoursay.co.uk

• Call a dedicated Community Information Line on 0333 358 0502 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). Local residents can also request hard copies of the materials on display online by getting in touch via one of the channels outlined.

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for highways and transportation, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “Bringing forward the latest proposals for the Warrington Western Link is a key milestone in this significant investment in our future. A new road is necessary to ease congestion and improve journey times, but this project is about so much more than that.

“Investment in key infrastructure brings with it new jobs and new opportunities, opening up previously locked sites for development, creating an even bigger benefit for our local economy.

“This engagement period gives us the chance to talk to local people about the proposals and we are looking forward to hearing what they have to say. This is a tremendous opportunity for Warrington, and we are excited about delivering for the future.”