Over the last 10 years, Warrington has experienced significant growth, which has led to increased traffic congestion.
To help solve this, the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded us funding to develop the business case for a potential new road.
This road would link the A56 Chester Road in Higher Walton with the A57 Sankey Way in Great Sankey.
The business case
The business case shows how the route will help ease some of the town’s issues with congestion.
The project team undertook a number of technical assessments to produce an Outline Business Case (OBC).
The OBC makes the case for the Western Link scheme and provides initial detail on how we intend to deliver the project.
This includes information on how the decision to recommend the preferred route was reached, plus wider information and evidence to support the need for the project. This wider evidence includes the findings from the two rounds of public consultation under taken.
Approving the scheme
During 2018, the scheme was independently looked at by DfT. It was considered against other major infrastructure schemes across England, as part of their Large Local Majors Fund. In April 2019, we were informed that funding for the scheme had been conditionally given funding of £142.5m, as part of the estimated total build cost of £212m.
On 8 July, Cabinet agreed to accept this offer made by DfT. We are now working on a major scheme business case which will be submitted in late 2022. The Western Link will be one of the largest engineering projects in the North West.