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Over the last 10 years, Warrington has experienced significant growth, which has led to increased traffic congestion.
To help solve this, the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded us funding to develop the business case for a potential new road.
This road would link the A56 Chester Road in Higher Walton with the A57 Sankey Way in Great Sankey.
Having appointed a detailed design partner for the scheme, we're now working together to submit a planning application for the project.
Between now and the end of 2020, there'll be a variety of on-site surveys taking place, including:
· Ecology Surveys (both terrestrial & aquatic surveys)
· Topographical & Ground Radar Surveys
· Drainage Surveys
· Ground Investigation Surveys
All survey works will be carried out in line with the latest government COVID-19 guidelines with activities reviewed daily.
We're in the process of commissioning air quality monitoring for the Western Link Route, which will measure air quality before development.
The first phase of this monitoring is currently active (since November 2019) with diffusion tube sampling for nitrogen dioxide. The second phase has been delayed, thanks to the pandemic. However, we're working closely with our suppliers/contractors to ensure this is implemented as soon as possible.
During 2018, the scheme was independently looked at by DfT. It was considered against other major infrastructure schemes across England, as part of their Large Local Majors Fund. In April 2019, we were informed that funding for the scheme had been conditionally given funding of £142.5m, as part of the estimated total build cost of £212m.
On 8 July, Cabinet agreed to accept this offer made by DfT. We are now working on a major scheme business case which will be submitted in late 2022. The Western Link will be one of the largest engineering projects in the North West.
The Western Link scheme may give rise to statutory blight. Statutory blight is when the value of your property is reduced because of large scale, or major, public works.
Statutory blight is complex and we could recommend that if you think you may have a claim for it, to seek independent professional advice from a specialist surveyor.
A statutory blight notice must be sent to our appointed solicitors, TLT LLP, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting to:
Warrington Western Link
c/o Debbie Reynolds
3 Hardman Square
When the Western Link is being delivered, you might suffer some damage or detriment to your property based on direct physical impact. This could include noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, artificial lighting or discharge onto your property.
If this is deemed to reduce your value by more than £50 you may be able to make a claim under Part 1 of the Land and Compensation Act 1973.
You can make a claim yourself or ask someone to do this for you. Anyone can act for you but most people prefer to use a professional property value or an agent that specialises in Part 1 claims.
Find out more about compensation when a road affects your property’s value on the gov.uk website.