Step forward for Cheshire East highway schemes

Three major highways schemes planned for Cheshire East have taken a further step forward.

Cheshire East Council is moving to the next stage in its preparations for Congleton Link Road, the Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the dualling of the A500 between junction 16 of the M6 and the outskirts of Crewe.

All three are expected to be completed over the next three to four years and are intended to eradicate congestion points on the borough’s highways network.

Cabinet has also chosen a preferred bidder for the £90m Congleton Bypass project, although details are too remain confidential for now. The council’s final business case for this scheme will now go to the Department for Transport together with a request for confirmation of a £45m government grant.

Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 homes and 6,500 jobs are expected to be created following construction of the Middlewich Eastern Bypass. Frank Jordan, the council’s executive director for place, will now prepare a planning application and commence the process for acquiring the land to build the road.

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