Centre Park Link advances

Warrington’s £19.89m Centre Park Link scheme is moving forward.

The major highway project - which aims to ease congestion and maximise Warrington’s economic potential – continues to progress on schedule and should be complete and fully open to traffic by the end of the year.

Construction of the new bridge crossing over the River Mersey from Chester Road is progressing well, with the 46.5m bridge beams now in place and works under way on the deck/surface of the bridge and supporting walls. The new bridge is on track to be completed by mid-Summer. At the same time, the contractor, Balfour Beatty, is moving ahead with the construction of the new road, drainage installation and footway improvements.

Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, visited the site to see the progress for himself. He said: “The Centre Park Link scheme will support Warrington’s ongoing growth and transform journeys around one of our most busy road networks.

“It’s fantastic to see this scheme - so vital to Warrington’s future growth - moving ahead and taking shape so quickly.”

Also on-site was Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for transportation, highways and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry. He added: “It’s all system go, as we approach the completion of the new Mersey River crossing in the summer and the opening of the overall Centre Park Link scheme at the end of the year. I’m delighted that the project is progressing so well.”

The new bridge crossing across the River Mersey from Chester Road, just north of Gainsborough Road, will join onto an extended Slutchers Lane, leading from Wilson Patten Street. A new signal controlled junction is to be constructed at each end of the new link on Chester Road and Wilson Patten Street.

A number of partners have provided the funding for the £19.89 million project. £5.3 million has been contributed by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund. Government, via Homes England, has contributed £3.7 million as part of the Housing Infrastructure Fund. The remainder of the funding comes from council borrowing.

For more information about Centre Park Link, visit warrington.gov.uk/centreparklink

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