Heywood’s £20m link road opens
Joining Junction 19 of the M62 with Pilsworth Road, the 2.2km connection is a key part of Russells’ £400m South Heywood masterplan.
The link road is designed to help heavy goods vehicles bypass Heywood Town Centre on their way to various logistics parks in South Heywood. By reducing journey lengths, property and construction group Russells estimates the road could generate £156m in combined savings over the course of 60 years.
Russells worked alongside Rochdale Council, National Highways, Rochdale Development Agency, Transport for Greater Manchester, and Greater Manchester Combined Authority to deliver the road. Walker Sime was the project manager and cost manager for Rochdale Council on the scheme. Civils contractor Sisk built the road, which opened to the public on 3 November.
More than £20m in private and public sector funding was required for the creation of the link road. The road will also be instrumental in encouraging investment and innovation at the Atom Valley mayoral development zone, according to the local authority.
Rochdale Council said that it has applied to name the road Queen Elizabeth II Way.
The road is the first part of the 316-acre South Heywood masterplan to complete Russells’ vision for the Rochdale community features more than 1.45m sq ft of employment space, a primary school, a village retail centre, parks, and 1,000 homes.
Bellway and Anwyl are working alongside Russell Homes on delivering the homes, with work having already started on the first dwellings.
“The opening of the link road is a milestone for everyone involved in the delivery of this transformative economic regeneration scheme, and is a testament to what partnership working can achieve.” said Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russells.
Russell continued: “It is the key to unlocking the economic potential of South Heywood, making the location more accessible and attractive for businesses to invest and bring new jobs to the area, and will help reduce carbon emissions in the borough by immediately removing hundreds of thousands of hours of travel, something which will benefit residents and businesses alike.”
Cllr Neil Emmott, Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Realising this project is the culmination of many years’ work, not only by the council and ward councillors, but equally by our valued partners with whom we have all worked tirelessly together.
“It delivers good value in how it will reduce costs for the residents of Heywood and businesses through being able to travel fewer miles, and provides an excellent service in the way that it will transform Heywood’s road network.”