The £90M Congleton Road given the go-ahead


Cheshire East Council’s cabinet has given the go-ahead to the £90M Congleton link road in Cheshire, UK.

The new 5.7km road will run to the north of the town, South of Eaton, and will link the A534 Sandbach Road with Sandy Lane, to the A536 Macclesfield Road — providing a new village crossing at the River Dane.

The project is set to enhance connection with other major towns and the motorway network, and improve the residents’ quality of life — through traffic reduction and better air quality.

Half of the link’s cost will be funded by the central government, while £23M will come from developers and the remaining £22M will be met by the council.

The scheme will now be referred to the Secretary of State for communities and local government for a final decision on the planning application, allowing time for the Council’s next steps — land acquisition and appointment of a contractor.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "I am pleased that both Cabinet and the strategic planning board have reached these decisions.

"This is the biggest road infrastructure scheme undertaken by this Council and I know it will be of enormous relief to many people in Congleton to know that it is proceeding.

"The link road will relieve traffic congestion in Congleton and, as a result, will boost the local economy by opening up new sites for development and create new opportunities for businesses and workers."

The project has the potential to create 3,400 jobs in the region.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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