MEMBERS of the public are being urged to have their say on proposed plans for a new western link road to ease traffic congestion in Warrington which are set to go on display.
Warrington Borough Council is exploring options for a business case for a new link road to the south-west of Warrington, to cut congestion and ease traffic flow.
Six possible route options for the road have been identified and the Council is seeking opinions on these options before submitting a bid for funding to the Department for Transport (DfT).
Cllr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, said: “People know that, as a result of Warrington’s growth and success, there has been a steady rise in local traffic congestion. Our road network faces unique challenges, with existing heavy traffic congestion and limited opportunities for improvement of the highway network.”
Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for highways and transportation, said: “We’ve been given funding by Government to develop the case for a potential new link around the south-west of the town which could link the A56 or A5060 Chester Road with the A57 or A562 in Great Sankey.
“If this bid is successful and we receive the funding for a new link road, it is envisaged that this will bring congestion relief to the town centre and enable the development of land that is currently poorly served by road infrastructure.”
“We hope that local people and businesses will participate in the public consultation to share their views on the proposals.”
The consultation begins on Friday 30 June and runs until Friday 28 July. Public exhibitions are taking place over a number of dates, times and locations and will be an opportunity for residents and local businesses to share their views on the potential for a new link road or alternatively, people can give their views online at warrington.gov.uk/westernlink. Consultation documents will be available for people to take away from libraries.
Following this, the business case with the preferred route will then be presented to the DfT in December 2017. If the bid is successful it is expected that construction could begin on the road in the early 2020’s.
Exhibitions will take place on:
Saturday 1 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
Monday 3 July, 3pm – 8pm, Burtonwood Community Centre
Tuesday 4 July, 3pm – 8pm, Orford Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way
Wednesday 5 July, 3pm – 8pm, Appleton Parish Hall
Thursday 6 July, 3pm – 8pm, Walton Hall
Friday 7 July, 3pm – 8pm, The Peace Centre
Saturday 8 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
Monday 10 July, 3pm – 8pm, Waterside Inn
Tuesday 11 July, 3pm – 8pm, Winwick Leisure Centre
Wednesday 12 July, 3pm – 8pm, Woolston Neighbourhood Hub
Thursday 13 July, 3pm – 6pm, St John’s Community Church Hall
Friday 14 July, 5pm – 8.30pm, Whittle Hall Community Centre
Saturday 15 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
Monday 17 July, 3pm – 8pm, Birchwood Leisure Centre
Tuesday 18 July, 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Lymm Village Hall
Wednesday 19 July, 10am – 5pm, Golden Square Shopping Centre
Thursday 20 July, 3pm – 8pm, Kings Community Centre
Friday 21 July, 10am – 5pm, Sainsbury’s Chapelford
The proposed Warrington Waterfront Western Link will provide a new road connection to the south-west of Warrington, connecting the A56 Chester Road with the A57 Sankey Way via a new high level bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal. This will bring much needed congestion relief to the town centre and enable the development of land that’s currently poorly served by road infrastructure.
Previous work has determined various route options across the south-western part of the town that will be investigated further for the Outline Business Case, and there are a number of stages to be worked through, including:
Scheme options appraisal;
Land purchase assessment;
Ecological and environmental assessment;
Flood risk assessment; and
Identification of a preferred scheme option.
There are various benefits and challenges with all of these options and the business case will identify a preferred route after working through each of the above stages.