The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved a £75 million project in Congleton that will see the construction of a new bypass, improving journey times for road users and businesses who need access to the busy stretch.
It continues the “record” investment on road improvements, according to the Transport Minister.
If this year has highlighted anything, it is that investment is needed on the highways; while motorways are already benefiting through the use of innovative technology, A-roads and other highways have suffered because of severe weather, which has caused serious deterioration on some roads.
The government is working hard to upgrade these issues that cause disruption to road users, and the construction of this brand new route in Congleton will save drivers seven minutes on average per journey.
The DfT will provide £45 million of the total construction cost that will result in a 3.5 kilometre road which will connect the west of Congleton to the north, helping approximately 17,000 motorists.
And 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.”
According to the DfT, this scheme could also support business growth in the area, opening up 9.3 hectares of land by 2035, while there is potential for thousands of homes to be constructed – all thanks to this new link road.
This project and its impact on the area is similar to the new access road scheme in Newhaven which will boost the economy of Sussex; it is easy to see the same happening in the north thanks to the £75 million project.