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Work set to start on next phase of £212 million Western Link road

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GROUND investigation works along the route of the controversial £212.7 million Western Link road scheme at Warrington are to start in the week commencing January 20.
They are expected to be completed by the end of March and are likely to disrupt traffic as much of the work will be carried out on the highway as well as on public and private land.
The work is standard practice and is part of the detailed design stage and subsequently the planning application process.
Borough council chiefs say they will aim to keep traffic disruption to an absolute minimum while the work is carried out.
The council sees the Western Link as vital to the borough’s ongoing growth and prosperity. It will tackle major congestion points, increase network resilience and route choice and and help maintain the borough’s strong economic performance.
Bulk of the funding – some £142.5 million – will come from the government with some £70 million coming from the council.
The 3.2km length of road, connecting the A56 Chester Road to the A57 Sankey Way – aims to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow, particularly in the town centre, by providing an alternative route avoiding the severely congested Bridgefoot and Brian Bevan junctions.
But critics of the scheme say it will cause chaos and could worsen traffic congestion.

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