DfT approves £75m link road in Congleton
August 22, 2018 – The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has approved plans for the construction of a 3.5km bypass in Congleton and will provide £45m to the £75m project.
The bypass road will connect the A534 west of Congleton with the A536 to the north of the town, benefitting 17,000 motorists alone and also save drivers on average seven minutes per journey.
The link road will also directly support more than 1,000 new homes and open up 9.3 hectares of business land by 2035, in addition to indirectly supporting an extra 1,475 homes and 10 hectares of employment land to the north of Congleton.
Transport Minister Liz Sugg said: “We are investing record amounts in improving our roads up and down the country to get drivers to shops, friends or work quicker than before.
“This new bypass will not only lead to fewer accidents and cut congestion in Congleton, it will take lorries out of the town centre and improve air quality for its residents.
“The link road will also help create new homes and jobs around Congleton, boosting the local economy.”
Under the plan, a cycleway and path will also be built alongside the road.
Cheshire East Council leader Councillor Rachel Bailey said: “Confirmation of this funding for a much-needed road scheme in Congleton is excellent news for this council and, I am sure, for the people of the town.
“This will significantly improve the quality of life for local people. It will remove congestion from the town centre, unlock key employment and housing sites, boosting the local economy, as well as creating vastly improved connectivity from the Macclesfield area of the borough through to the M6 corridor to Sandbach and Crewe.”
Works will commence in October 2018 and conclude in 2020. Cheshire East will provide £9.63m and private developers will contribute £20.8m.
The investment is part of a £55m government boost for local road schemes, with money also being spent on improvements around Newhaven Port in Sussex.