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Warrington Western Link – recommended route announced

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Following four weeks of consultation in July, the proposed plans for a new link road to ease traffic congestion in Warrington will take a further step forward this week with the launch of public consultation on the recommended route.

Warrington Borough Council’s Transport for Warrington team intends to recommend that a revised red route provides the best solution to achieve the objectives of the project. In response to feedback, however, there has been a substantial redesign of the route which will now impact on fewer properties than initially expected.
The route links the A56 Chester Road with the A57 in Great Sankey and is expected to deliver much needed congestion relief for Warrington town centre. This route would provide a new high level crossing over the Manchester Ship Canal, reducing inconvenience caused by the existing swing bridges.
Local residents along the proposed route are being informed of this recommendation via letter and the proposed route will be the subject of a further round of public consultation, starting immediately.
Details of the recommended route are available on the council’s website, along with an online feedback form. In addition, three public events are being held to enable the community to find out more about the recommended route and discuss this directly with members of the project team. The events are being held as follows:
Saturday 23 September 10am – 5pm
St. Werburgh’s Community Centre, Boswell Avenue, WA4 6DQ
Sunday 24 September 10am – 5pm
The Peace Centre, Peace Drive, WA5 1HQ
Monday 25 September 9am – 5pm
Golden Square Shopping Centre, Sankey Street, WA1 1TD
Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead, said: “The revised red route is being recommended because this option best matches the stated aims of the project. Since the consultation events in July, significant work has gone into analysing the merits of each of the six routes being considered. It is also worth noting that of the six possible route options for the road put to public consultation in July, the Red route was clearly the preferred option. The project team has been able to take on board feedback from the public consultation, identifying opportunities to reduce the impact on neighbourhoods and individual properties.
“Understandably, the potential loss of people’s homes through compulsory purchase has been a major concern. It’s regrettable that we cannot avoid this to build the scheme but I am pleased that we have been able to refine our plans and reduce the number of occupied houses needed.
“Before formally recommending this route to the Executive Board, we are seeking community views on the details of the revised red route. This can be done online through the Council’s website or at one of the consultation events being held. Following this, officers will make their final recommendation to members for a decision in November.”
Councillor Terry O’Neill, Warrington Borough Council Leader, said: “The proposed new Warrington Western Link is an important project for the future of the town and I would like to thank everybody who participated in the public consultation in July.
“Officers have made a recommendation for the route and would like to share that with the public before the Executive Board makes a final decision. It is important that residents who live locally and all those who rely on Warrington’s transport network, including businesses, take this opportunity to comment on a major infrastructure project such as this.”
The consultation runs until Monday 2 October. Residents and businesses can view the proposals and comment on line at warrington.gov.uk/westernlinkor they can attend one of the three advertised consultation events. Recommended route summary documents will also be available at local libraries.
If the project is approved by the Council’s Executive Board, the business case will be presented to the Department for Transport in December 2017.
If the bid is successful, it is expected that construction could begin on the road in the early 2020s.
 

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