Aerial footage reveals progress made on major £90m link road – despite pandemic


Construction work on a £90 million relief road is continuing during the lockdown and ‘significant progress’ is being made along the route.

Contractors building the Congleton link road are now planning critical ground improvement work over a ‘condensed’ period to minimise disruption to residents.

They are also laying road surfaces and installing a bridge and roundabout.

The route for the link road will run to the north of the town, near Eaton. It will link the A534 Sandbach Road, near its junction with Sandy Lane, to the A536 Macclesfield Road, near its junction with Moss Lane, and provide a new crossing at the river Dane.

It will also create improved road connections to both Congleton Business Park and Radnor Park Trading Estate.

Principal contractor Graham is working with Cheshire East Council on the mammoth project.

The Sandbach Road junction, which forms part of construction work on the Congleton link road

Alastair Lewis, contracts manager at Graham, said: “While construction work was not required to cease following the Prime Minister’s lockdown announcement, it was stated that works should only continue if they could be delivered in full compliance with Government and Public Health England guidance.

“Earthworks at the Congleton link road have therefore continued, as they can be carried out in a safe manner, which does not place workers at risk.

“We have been able to take advantage of the spring season and dry weather to complete the critical operation to maintain a degree of progress on the project.”

The scheme was due to be completed in late 2020.

Mr Lewis added: “We cannot confirm at this stage the full impact that Covid-19 will have on the timetable for the completion of the scheme, but it is our priority that staff, supply chain partners and the wider community is protected from the risk of infection.”

Once complete, the relief road is expected to take 8,500 vehicles day off Congleton town centre’s traffic-clogged streets each day.

It will also open up the potential for 2,400 new homes and 3,000 jobs.

Deputy council leader Craig Browne, said: “The Congleton link road project is a major economic driver for the town and is set to improve the connectivity of the road network in the borough.

“Impressive progress has been made with this project. It is a great credit to Graham that essential works have continued and key milestones in the project have been reached, despite the restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 crisis.”    





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