Over the last 10 years, Warrington has experienced significant growth which has led to increased traffic congestion.
The Department for Transport has awarded us funding to develop a business case for the new WWL.
In 2017, a public engagement exercise was conducted on numerous proposed routes for the WWL to help identify the preferred route. Following the feedback received from the public engagement exercise, as well as technical assessments undertaken, the scheme, formerly known as the Red Route, was chosen as the proposed route. All of the routes we consulted on were reviewed in a multi‐criteria appraisal known as INSET, which matches the Department for Transport’s appraisal guidance. This considers factors such as the design, cost, deliverability, equality, environmental impact, and social impact as well as the public engagement response, cost‐benefit analysis undertaken and other factors. This route performed best based on this appraisal process.
In 2019, the Department for Transport informed us that the scheme had been conditionally awarded £142.5 million. The total estimated build cost is £212 million. Our cabinet agreed to accept this offer in 2019. A major scheme business case is now being prepared and will be submitted in late 2022.