The scheme

We're proposing several junction improvements, including walking and cycling improvements, within the west Warrington area to support the development of the Omega and Lingley Mere development sites. 

The plan

The vast majority of the funding for these improvements will come from developers, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund and the Department for Transports National Productivity Investment Fund. You can view the proposals below.

If you require additional information or would like to be added to the email mailing list to receive consultation and traffic management updates, get in touch at wwh@warrington.gov.uk.

Omega Local Highways Phase 1 (latest news)

Latest news

On Monday 3 August we'll be starting the Omega Phase 1 junction improvement scheme.

The first stage of these works will be the widening of the existing footway on the west side of Lingley Green Avenue between Park Road. Including the entrance to United Utilities. Where required, we'll utilise temporary two-way traffic signals. However, we hope to keep these to a minimum. We expect to complete the first stage of these works on 21 September 2020.

All works will be undertaken in line with current guidance on COVID-19 from the UK Government. However, work will only be undertaken where the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 4 July 2020 by the Construction Leadership Council can be appropriately implemented.

The scheme

Improvements are planned at the junctions of Lingley Green Avenue/Omega Boulevard and Lingley Green Avenue/Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub. These will support development within the West Warrington area by reducing congestion and improve facilities for pedestrian and cyclists.

The improvements include:

  • New pedestrian and cyclist crossings
  • New shared foot and cycle paths
  • Widened sections of road

Timescales

Construction of these improvements will begin in June 2020 and be complete in February 2021.

Funding

A budget of £6.5 million is available for the scheme. We’ll be contributing approximately £1m of this overall cost with remaining contributions provided by:

  • Omega Warrington Limited
  • Lingley Mere Business Park Development Company
  • The Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership via a successful Local Growth Fund Bid 
Omega Local Highways Phase 2B (latest news)

Latest news

As part of the Omega Phase 2B junction improvement scheme, BT will be completing the diversion of their apparatus on Liverpool Road. The works are programmed for on Monday 15 June 2020 and will last for two weeks. We don't envisage the use of temporary traffic signals as most of these works will take place on the verge.

    Please be assured that all work will be undertaken following current government guidance on COVID-19. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 18 May 2020 by the Construction Leadership Council will be applied to all activities where it can be appropriately implemented.

    We apologise for any inconvenience while these works are carried out. If you require any further information, please contact a member of the team at WWH@warrington.gov.uk.

    The Scheme

    The junction of A57 Liverpool Road and Lingley Green Avenue currently experiences heavy peak hour traffic. 

    Our proposals include:

    • The widening of Lingley Green Avenue (southbound) and Liverpool Road (eastbound) to create additional road capacity on the approach to the junction
    • Upgrade existing crossing facilities on Lingley Green Avenue and Liverpool Road to pedestrian/cycle (toucan) crossings
    • Upgraded shared foot/cycleway along Lingley Green Avenue northbound

    Compulsory purchase order

    On 7 January 2019, we formally made The Warrington Borough Council (A57 Liverpool Road/Lingley Green Avenue – Junction Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 under Sections 239, 240, 246, 250 and 260 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) and Section 19 and Schedule 3 to the Acquisition of Land Act 1981.

    The order was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation on 17 January 2019 and, in exercise of his powers under the above acts, was confirmed with modifications by the Secretary of State for Transport on 18 June 2019. The Order authorises us to compulsorily purchase land and new rights for the purpose of:

    • Localised widening of the A5280 Lingley Green Avenue (Southbound) for a distance of 100m to form separate left and right turn lanes at the stopline;
    • Localised widening of the A57 Liverpool Road (eastbound) for a distance of 80m to form separate left and ahead lanes at the stopline;
    • Upgrade of existing pedestrian crossing on Lingley Green Avenue to a toucan crossing (suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists);
    • Relocation and upgrade of the existing pedestrian crossing to a toucan crossing on Liverpool Road to the east of Lingley Green Avenue;
    • Retention of existing advanced stoplines for cyclists; and
    • Provision of additional dropped kerbs to facilitate use of toucan crossings for cyclists.

    A person aggrieved by the order may, by application to the High Court, challenge its validity under section 23 of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981. The grounds for challenge can be that the authorisation granted by the order is not empowered to be granted or that there has been a failure to comply with any relevant statutory requirement relating to the order.

    Timescales

    Construction of these improvements will begin in March 2020 and be complete in July 2020.

    Funding

    The cost of this scheme is £2.5m. The majority of this will be funded by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport National Productivity Investment Fund, following the submission of successful funding bids.

    Omega Local Highways Phase 3B (latest news)

    Latest news

    We will be opening Lingley Green Avenue in both directions on Monday 3 August. 
     
    On the 3, 4 and 5 August we'll then be closing Whittle Avenue northbound at the roundabout at Lingley Green Avenue between 9:30 am - 5:00 am. Access to the M62 will be available via Omega Boulevard and Skyline Drive. This closure will allow Cadent Gas to carry out the start of a required diversion. 
     
    On Thursday 6 August we'll then close Whittle Avenue southbound between Burtonwood Road and Lingley Green Avenue roundabout. This closure will be in place for up to nine weeks so that we can carry out the carriageway widening on the approach to the roundabout. This southbound closure will be a 24/7 closure where northbound traffic not is affected. The diversion route will be Burtonwood Road, Skyline Drive, Omega Boulevard and Lingley Green Avenue.   

    All works will be undertaken in line with current guidance on COVID-19 from the UK Government. However, work will only be undertaken where the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 4 July 2020 by the Construction Leadership Council can be appropriately implemented.

    Phase 1 

    This is due to be completed on 29 May 2020.

    Phase 2

    Work will be undertaken on Lingley Green Avenue eastbound on the approach to the roundabout. To carry out this work, we'll be installing a 24/7 eastbound closure on Lingley Green Avenue between Sophia Drive roundabout and Whittle Ave for approximately 7 – 8 weeks. Westbound traffic will be unaffected until we start the surfacing element of the scheme. When it comes to the surfacing works, we'll be installing a full-time closure between 9.30 am - 3.30 pm with full diversion routes in place for approximately one week.

    Phase 3

    Work will be undertaken on Whittle Avenue southbound on the approach to the roundabout. To carry out this work, we'll be installing a 24/7 southbound closure on Whittle Avenue between Burtonwood Road roundabout and Malvern Close for approximately 5 – 7 weeks. Northbound traffic will be unaffected until we start the surfacing element of the scheme. When it comes to the surfacing works, we'll be installing a full-time closure between 9.30 am - 3.30 pm with full diversion routes in place for approximately one week. 

    The fourth and final phase 

    This will include resurfacing works on the roundabout where there will be multi-way traffic signals in operation to carry out this phase for approximately one week. Malvern Close will remain open at all times. We'll regularly notify you over every aspect of this scheduled work.

    As with any planned schedule, certain aspects may be subject to change. We'll communicate any amendments to phasing via our website and the West Warrington Highways email database.

    Thank you for your interest in the scheme if you require any further information then please contact our team at WWH@warrington.gov.uk

    Diversion works

     

    All work will be undertaken following current government guidance on COVID-19. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 18 May 2020 by the Construction Leadership Council will be applied to all activities where it can be appropriately implemented.

    School Service

    Please Note that for the first phase of the works, the No. 268 Great Sankey School Bus Service will have a short diversion away from this section of Whittle Avenue during morning hours, with normal service resuming in the afternoon. Details of how later phases of the works will affect this and other school services will be made available as Phase 1 nears completion.

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    No. 268 Great Sankey School Bus Service diversion route

    The Scheme

    As part of the planning process for the Omega development, improvements to the junction of Lingley Green Avenue and Whittle Avenue were secured.

    The improvements include:

    • New pedestrian and cyclist crossing
    • New shared foot/cycleway along Lingley Green Avenue
    • Widening of carriageway

    Timescales

    Construction of the improvements will start in January 2020 and finish in June 2020.

    Funding

    This project costs £2m, of which all funding has been received from the developer (OMEGA Warrington Ltd).

    Omega Local Highways Phase 3C

    As part of the planning process for the Omega development, improvements to the junction of Whittle Avenue/Westbrook Way were secured. 

    The first stage of improvements were completed in April 2019 with the widening of Burtonwood Road southbound. The remainder of the proposals are currently in development. A public consultation is expected in late 2020 to obtain feedback.

    Funding

    A proportion of £8.2m has been secured from Omega Warrington Limited for improvements in this location.

    Consultation

    Public consultation has been undertaken for the following projects:

    • Omega Local Highways Phase 1
    • Omega Local Highways Phase 2B 
    • Omega Local Highways Phase 3B

    The consultation reports: