The consultation process for a £19.3m improvement to Warrington town centre’s road network begins this week.
Potential plans for Warrington Council’s Centre Park Link scheme are being made public throughout the month in a series of open events which will reveal draft plans and get the views of local people on the proposals.
Centre Park Link would see the creation of a link from Wilson Patten Street to Chester Road via a road bridge over the River Mersey to reduce southbound traffic and pressure through Bridgefoot Gyratory.
The new bridge and link will be open to all traffic, north and south bound, however, the top section of Slutchers Lane will be southbound only.
Proposals for a new bridge are complemented by alterations to town centre traffic routing to promote the use of the new link, and seek to relieve the town of its enduring congestion problems.
Information will be on display at a number of upcoming events, beginning with a three-day exhibition bus roadshow at numerous stops across Warrington, including the Cockhedge Centre, Stockton Heath and Centre Park.
Public drop-in events will also take place at St Werburgh’s Community Hub on Thursday 10 December from 2pm to 7:30pm and in Golden Square Shopping Centre all day on Friday 11 December and Saturday 12 December to allow local people to learn more about the scheme.
Centre Park Link is part of Warrington Council’s wider commitment to relieve traffic congestion, transform the town’s transport infrastructure and encourage continued growth and investment.
Cllr Hans Mundry, executive member for highways, transportation and public realm, said: “Centre Park Link provides us with a great opportunity to start to resolve long-standing traffic issues in the south of Warrington and promote the future growth of our considerable but underutilised waterfront area.
“It is vital the people of Warrington come and share their views with us on these latest proposals, as this will enable us to help mitigate any issues that may arise and fully maximise the benefits of this fantastic project to the community.”
A full and up-to-date version of the consultation bus timetable is available at www.centreparklink.co.uk.