£43.3m cash boost for Cheshire & Warrington to help create local jobs and growth

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid today announced a government cash boost of £43.3 million for Cheshire & Warrington to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

Some of the locally-chosen projects set to benefit over the next few years include a new bus interchange in Crewe, a new highways access scheme and local road upgrading to improve infrastructure around Winsford Industrial Estate and a scheme for Warrington East Highway Improvements designed to unlock land for development around Birchwood. These projects, alongside others, will improve educational attainment, create jobs, build homes or improve infrastructure.

This latest award of Local Growth Funding is on top of £157.8 million of Growth Deals funding already awarded to Cheshire & Warrington. The total award could see over 17,000 jobs created, over 6,400 homes built and attract nearly £380 million in other investment over the next 10 years.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, said:

“As part of efforts to deliver an economy that works for everyone, the Government is equipping local people with the resources they need to drive forward local growth.

“That is why we’re giving £43.3 million new money to Cheshire & Warrington to give businesses the support and opportunities they need to achieve their potential – on top of the £157.8 million we have already awarded”.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy, said:

“Across the Northern Powerhouse local people will benefit from £556.1 million extra investment thanks to these growth deals.

“This is more government money directly invested into the Northern Powerhouse. It is further proof that we will back the people of the North with the resources they need to reach their full potential.”

Christine Gaskell, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said:

“This significant level of funding is great news for Cheshire and Warrington that will enable us to build on the successes of previous rounds of Growth Deal funding, which has supported the delivery of vital infrastructure projects to drive the area’s ambitions of creating a £50 billion economy by 2040.

“This valuable support from Government will fund a wide range of projects including opening up an important industrial site in Winsford, reducing congestion around the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone in Birchwood and making improvements to the town centre in Crewe, as well as providing capital investment for our colleges.

Creating an economy that works for everyone

The £12 billion Local Growth Fund provides local leaders with the cash they need to support locally determined projects. Under the fund, England’s 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships – made up of council leaders and business representatives – bid for investments based on local priorities.

Bids are highly competitive and to be successful, Local Enterprise Partnerships need to work with partners to agree strong and accountable governance and put forward proposals that boost growth and bring in private sector funding.

£7.3 billion of the £12 billion Local Growth Fund has already been allocated to more than 1,000 projects across England – helping to build vital infrastructure, improve skills and create thousands of jobs.

In Cheshire & Warrington this has already delivered:

  • £13.5 million to relocate Chester’s bus interchange to enable the wider Northgate development scheme to progress, which will create more than 1,000 jobs.
  • Over £2 million for the Birchwood Pinchpoint scheme in Warrington to tackle congestion and improve road safety around Birchwood Park, including improvements to three junctions along Birchwood Way.
  • £10 million for the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Life Sciences Fund to provide a source of risk capital to local SMEs to drive the growth of innovative young life sciences businesses, focusing on Alderley Park in Cheshire East.

Now this latest allocation of £1.8bn government investment – including £43.3 million in Cheshire & Warrington – will help do even more to benefit the lives of local people across the country.

This is a part of government efforts to build a Northern Powerhouse to help the great cities and towns of the North pool their strengths and take on the world. Step by step we are making the Northern Powerhouse a reality with over a million businesses involved, foreign direct investment up by a quarter and 187,000 jobs created in the past year alone.

Projects in Cheshire and Warrington include:

  • Unlocking Winsford Industrial Expansion Land – Infrastructure improvements to unlock the development potential of a 30 hectare area of new employment land around Winsford Industrial Estate, with a highways access scheme that includes a new highway alignment and upgrading of the local road network.
  • Warrington East Highway Improvements – Designed to unlock land for development and maximise the growth potential of the Birchwood employment area in East Warrington.
  • Crewe High Speed Ready Heart – A project to ensure Crewe is ready to deliver growth ahead of the development of the HS2 Hub Station by delivering redevelopment, including leisure, retail and residential elements, and a new bus interchange.
  • Joint Cheshire and Warrington Sustainable Travel Access Fund – A package of transport infrastructure targeted at overcoming walking and cycling barriers to key economic areas across Cheshire and Warrington, including new cycle routes, bridge crossings and upgrading existing routes.
  • Omega Local Highway Schemes Phase 2 – Major junction improvements at the junction of Omega Boulevard and Lingley Green Avenue in North and West Warrington to reduce traffic congestion and accessibility problems, which are both seen as a key constraint on growth and investment in the adjoining Omega and Lingley Mere development sites.
  • A51 Tarvin Road – Removing two pinchpoints by delivering carriageway improvements, additional lanes and widening the A51/B5132 roundabout to alleviate a bottleneck which impedes economic development, access to jobs and opportunities and strategic investment along the A51 corridor.
  • Skills Capital– A programme of projects to deliver higher level technical and professional education, including estate improvements, to support demand within the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone, the wider Northern Gateway Development Zone and the Mersey Dee Economic Axis.
  • Energy Innovation Fund – supporting the delivery of the LEP’s Low Carbon Action Plan by stimulating innovation in SMEs working in the low carbon and energy sectors, and by increasing skills and capacity of SMEs and their workforce to expand services into low carbon market.

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