Daresbury Expressway
The A558 Daresbury Expressway is one element of the roads scheme

Runcorn’s 10-year transport plan takes shape

Neil Tague

Plans for the East Runcorn Connectivity Corridor, easing congestion and opening development sites, are moving to the next stage with Mott MacDonald lined up as contractor.

Halton Council’s executive will be asked next week to note progress made on the various parts of the plan, and sign off Mott MacDonald’s appointment.

A report published ahead of the meeting seeks approval to develop the ERCC transport scheme and add it to the council’s capital programme.

Pre-development funding is available from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on a competitive basis to work plans up.

The proposed ERCC scheme consists of four elements:

  • A558 Daresbury Expressway, dualling from Pitts Heath Lane to Innovation Way, taking into account four structures and canal
  • A56 major maintenance from Keckwick Lane to the M56 Junction 11 – new surface required due to poor condition
  • Route options for a road connection between M56 Junction 11 and the A533, relieving congestion and opening up development sites
  • Integrated active travel interventions to complement each component – a dedicated cycle “superhighway” from the Pitts Heath Lane junction to the existing A56 cycle corridor, linking Halton to Warrington.
  • The A558 dualling scheme has been a longstanding objective of the council and as such is included in Halton’s Local Transport Plan 3.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide network capacity for the planned growth In East Runcorn at Sandymoor, Sci-Tech, Manor Park and adjacent developments.

The report recommends that the council actions an initial programme covering technical investigations to inform options appraisal and scheme feasibility, and that Mott MacDonald be appointed through the Warrington Consultancy Framework to undertake Year One works.

The construction group has already worked on a study on sustainable transport for East Runcorn, and the city region’s transport model of which the Halton model is part.

A proposal has been submitted to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to access four years of pre-development funding to ensure that a robust business case can be developed, which that meets the Government’s green appraisals mechanisms and LCR’s transport growth strategy objectives.

The value of the submission is £7m over four years with an initial first year request of £1.91m. This four-year proposal includes project management, staff costs, capital spend and revenue spend.

In a section of the executive meeting labelled for restricted access, plans for the Runcorn Old Town investment plan and station area development, long a council priority, are to be discussed.

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