Cheshire roads to benefit from huge funding boost
Following the recent announcement that the proposed £58m Middlewich bypass project has received the go ahead, there’s been more good news for motorists in Cheshire - and in particular for drivers in Macclesfield, Crewe and Northwich.
Cheshire East Council has been successful with two national productivity investment fund bids, totalling £8.5m, which brings about a major step towards improving the road networks of both towns.
Meanwhile, Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded funding of over £2m for a highways scheme in Northwich.
In Crewe, the funding will go towards new roads and junctions that will ease congestion in the north of the town near Leighton Hospital and the Bentley Motors factory.
In Macclesfield, the funding will go directly towards improving the busy Silk Road and Hibel Road junction in the town.
The plan for Northwich will see the creation of a new left turn slip road and wider junction approaches on the A556 Gadbrook Business Park junction, which will reduce traffic delays during peak traffic periods.
The funding is the result of a successful bid to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s cabinet member for environment, Cllr Karen Shore said: “I’m delighted our funding bid has been successful.
“The £2.990m scheme will bring significant congestion relief and productivity benefits to the Gadbrook Park junction in Northwich, creating over 6,000 jobs by 2020.”
Cllr Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, commented: “Fresh off the back of the news that we have been successful with our funding bid for the Middlewich bypass, this is another terrific boost for two of the other major towns in our borough.
“This funding is a big step towards providing much needed relief to some of the more congested areas around Crewe and Macclesfield.
“Alongside the council’s own funding and that from developers, it will bring further economic advantages to the borough in the form of job creation.
“We will also be able to better meet the housing provision needs of residents of Cheshire East by enabling delivery of vital new development.”
Construction on the schemes is scheduled to get underway within the next two years - with CWAC anticipating the Northwich scheme to be completed around September 2019.