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£300M upgrade to North West roads

Mersey gateway bridge march 2017 3to2

A £250M dual carriageway and a £60M junction will be built in the North West to improve connectivity to the Port of Liverpool and the Mersey Gateway Bridge, Highways England has said.

It announced the preferred options to upgrade the route to Liverpool’s port and to create a new junction on the M56 near Runcorn.

A new three-mile dual carriageway will connect the motorway network to the Port of Liverpool and also serve a new £300M deep-water container terminal which is expected to triple the port’s volume of goods by 2030.

The creation of junction 11a on the M56 will provide a new link to the Mersey Gateway Bridge between Runcorn and Widnes.

This plan also involves converting nearby Murdishaw roundabout into a signalised crossroad.

Funding for the schemes, which are designed to “boost the Northern Powerhouse”, will come from the government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy.

Highways England’s regional delivery director for the North West, Tim Gamon, said: “Both these major road schemes will help to bring significant economic benefits to the North West and we’re now at the stage where we can set out our preferred options for the projects.

“The new bypass will take the existing traffic away from the A5036 as well as managing the significant increase in vehicle numbers that are anticipated with the port’s growth.

“We’re also committed to making improvements to the existing A5036 as part of the scheme that will benefit people who live and work in the area.

“The new junction on the M56 will also benefit local residents by taking traffic away from residential areas as well as providing a new route to the Mersey Gateway Bridge – an important new link between Cheshire and Merseyside.”

Detailed designs of both projects will be developed with construction due to start by spring 2020.

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