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Funding boost for £75M North West road scheme

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Graham Construction is set to start work on a £75M project to build a new road in the North West within weeks after funding was confirmed.

Ministers this week approved cash for the 3.5km Congleton bypass to link the A534 with the A536, with the aim of reducing congestion and improving air quality in the Cheshire town.

Belfast-based Graham will begin work in October. The new highway will speed journeys between Crewe and Macclesfield.

The road will also directly support more than 1,000 new homes, and give access to up 9.3ha of commercial land by 2035, according to the government.

As well as the £45M pledged by ministers, Cheshire East Council is providing almost £10M with the remaining cost to be covered by private developers.

A cycleway and path will be built next to the road and the overall project is expected to be complete by 2020.

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.”

Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey added: “This will significantly improve the quality of life for local people. It will remove congestion from the town centre, unlock key employment and housing sites, boosting the local economy, as well as creating vastly improved connectivity from the Macclesfield area of the borough through to the M6 corridor to Sandbach and Crewe.”

Meanwhile the Department for Transport has committed £10M to the Newhaven Port access road. Work is due to start shortly and finish in February 2020, with East Sussex County Council providing the remaining £13M for the scheme. 

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