Work starts on £90m Congleton Link Road
Contractor Graham has started work on the Congleton Link Road, the £90m project Cheshire East Council believes can help create 3,000 jobs, 2,400 homes and close to 50 acres of employment land with an official sod cutting ceremony attended by Minister of State for the Department of Transport, Jesse Norman MP in attendance (25 February 2019).
The 5.5km road is expected to cut journey times across Congleton by six minutes at peak times and contribute towards better air quality in the town centre. It will also create improved road connections to both Congleton Business Park and Radnor Park trading estate.
Cheshire and Warrington LEP’s Local Growth Fund is a £201m fund for major projects such as these, with £45m awarded to this project. Cheshire East Council is contributing £24m towards the construction project, with the balance coming from developer contributions.
Cllr Rachel Bailey, leader of the council, described the scheme as the largest capital project ever undertaken by the local authority. She added: “I’m thrilled that we were successful with our business case, which has resulted in £45m of the project funding coming from government funds.
“This council started developing a proposal for a new road around Congleton to match our growth plans back in 2012 and what we have achieved here is a scheme that doesn’t just enable our development plans; it complements, shapes them and levers in over £20m of private sector transport investment into Cheshire East.”
Fiona Bruce, MP for Congleton said: “This new link road will improve connectivity right across east Cheshire by improving links to Manchester airport, the M60 and the M6. It will also improve connectivity to the rail network, particularly the inter-city connection at Crewe. This road is much wanted, much needed and will futureproof the development of Congleton for generations to come.”
The road is due to open in late 2020.