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New 5.5km bypass for Congleton

Bringing economic and social regeneration to Congleton

Our aim is to keep local residents updated on our site progress and planned works

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Project Overview

About the project

GRAHAM is a privately owned company with an impressive history built on integrity and responsibility. We have been working in partnership with Cheshire East Council to provide a new 5.5 kilometre (approx) bypass for Congleton.

The Congleton Link Road will join the A534 Sandbach Road (to the west of Congleton) with the A536 Macclesfield Road (to the north of the town), reducing town centre traffic congestion, cutting pollution, and improving air quality in the surrounding areas.

The scheme will bring economic and social regeneration to Congleton by supporting new development sites and improving access to jobs at Radnor Park Industrial Estate and Congleton Business Park. Planning started in 2012, and the new road is due to open in Spring 2021.

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Project updates

2020

  • 9 November - Project update (News Release)
  • 14 September - Project update (News Release)
  • 11 September - Council leaders site visit (News Release)
  • 5 August - Sheet Piling Notification (Letter)
  • 18 May - Ground Improvement Work (Letter)
  • 30 March - Donation of face masks to NHS charity (Facebook)
  • 23 March - Notice of extension to road closures (Letter)
  • 24 January - Notice of Giantswood Lane closure (Letter)
  • 24 January - Giantswood Lane – Motorists Diversion (Map)
  • 24 January - Giantswood Lane – Non-Motorists Diversion (Map)

2019

  • 17 December - Project milestone - bridge beam lift (News Release)
  • 12 November - Bridge beam notification (Letter)
  • 30 May - Chelford Road, notice of intention to start work (Letter)
  • 15 May - Sandy Lane, notice of intention to start work (Letter & Map)
  • 28 February - Ceremonial sod cutting (News Release)
  • 21 January - Parish Council meeting, project overview (Presentation)
  • 10 January - New Year brings start of new road scheme (News Release)

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Macclesfield Road, Eaton

There will be temporary traffic lights 24 hours a day to enable the tie-in and surfacing works of the new Macclesfield Road roundabout junction.

Start Date – 04 January 2021
Planned Completion – Late March 2021

Live traffic and works map

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Sandbach Road, Astbury

There will be intermittent temporary traffic lights in place between the hours of 7.30 am and 5.00 pm to enable traffic sign installation and final concrete works.

Start Date – 01 March 2021
Planned Completion – 05 March 2021

Live traffic and works map

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Manchester Road, Congleton

Temporary traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day to allow the tie-in works of the new Manchester Road roundabout junction.

Start Date – 04 January 2021
Planned Completion – Late March 2021

Live traffic and works map

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Holmes Chapel Road, Somerford

Temporary traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day to enable the construction of the new Holmes Chapel Road Junction and allow the tie-in works to the existing carriageway.

Start Date – 01 October 2020
Planned Completion – Late March 2021

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ROAD CLOSURE

Sandy Lane, Somerford

The closure of Sandy Lane has been extended to enable the final construction works to the new mainline carriageway and the Holmes Chapel Road junction. Sandy Lane will now reopen to pedestrians and cyclists when the scheme is completed in eary 2021.

Start Date – 28 May 2020
Planned Completion – Spring 2021

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ROAD CLOSURE

Back Lane, Somerford

The closure of Back Lane has been extended to facilitate the construction of the new mainline and Back Lane (West) connection, including two roundabouts. Access to the playing fields is being maintained via Holmes Chapel Road.

Start Date – 02 September 2019
Planned Completion – Spring 2021

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ROAD CLOSURE EXTENSION

Chelford Road, Somerford

Great progress has been made with our works on Chelford Road, but due to unforeseen circumstances we will be continuing to impose a full closure of Chelford Road between the Black Firs Lane and Back Lane junctions. The closure is essential to allow our final operations to re-align the existing carriageway across the new overbridge, including installation of new kerbs, road foundation works and surfacing of the complete carriageway. The closure applies to both motorists and non-motorists.

Start Date – 18 January 2021
Planned Completion – 10 March 2021

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ROAD CLOSURE

Moss Lane, Manchester Road

We will be imposing a full closure of Moss Lane at its junction on Manchester Road, with access for residents being maintained from Macclesfield Road.

The closure will apply to motorists and non-motorists and is essential to enable the tie-in works of the new Manchester Road junction and the realignment of Moss Lane.

When our works are completed Cheshire East Council will re-open Moss Lane to pedestrians and cyclists only under the “Cheshire East Council (A536 Congleton Link Road)(Classified Road)(Side Roads) Order 2016”.

Start Date – 17 February 2021
Planned Completion – 1 April 2021

Live traffic and works map

Project timeline

  • Ground Investigation works - commence October 2018
  • Detailed Design - commence October 2018
  • Utility Diversions - commence January 2019
  • Ecological Management works commence - January 2019
  • Site Compounds established - March 2019
  • Main Earthworks works commence - March 2019
  • Works commence on the projects 4 major structures - March 2019
  • Back Lane East, Somerford, complete - August 2019
  • River Dane bridge beams lifted into place - December 2019
  • Earthworks, drainage, road foundation works and surfacing - March 2019 to Spring 2021
  • Structures complete - Spring 2021
  • Full Scheme complete - Spring 2021

View Congleton Link Road plan

Here to help

GRAHAM is a Partner Member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This scheme aims to improve the image of the construction industry by following a Code of Considerate Practice, which covers a number of things including site safety and considering the impact of works on the local community. You can find more information about it online www.ccscheme.org.uk

Our site team is always on hand to help. Feel free to make contact at any time should you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

Alastair Lewis
Project Manager

Daniel Cawthra
Stakeholder & Communications Officer
Email: congletonlink@graham.co.uk

Current progress