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


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 early 2021.

Watch the latest fly-through video

Project updates


  • 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)


  • 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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Macclesfield Road, Eaton

Temporary traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day to allow works to tie in the new Macclesfield Road junction to the existing carriageway

Start Date – 15 June 2020
Planned Completion – 02 October 2020

Live traffic and works map


Homes Chapel Road, Somerford

Temporary traffic lights will be in place 24 hours a day to enable works to construct the new Holmes Chapel Road junction.

Start Date – 14 September 2020
Planned Completion – 30 October 2020

Live traffic and works map

Traffic alerts


Sandy Lane between A54 Holmes Chapel Road and A534 Sandbach Road, Somerford

The closure will enable the construction of the mainline carriageway and the new Sandbach Road and Holmes Chapel Road junctions. Sandy Lane will re-open to pedestrians and cyclists when the above works are completed but will remain closed to vehicles.

Start Date – 28 May 2020
Planned Completion – Late 2020

Live traffic and works map


Back Lane (West), Somerford

The closure will permit the construction of Back Lane (West), including two new roundabouts. There is no access to through traffic along this section of Back Lane, with access to the playing fields being maintained via Holmes Chapel Road. Access to properties on Back Lane is being maintained via Chelford Road.

Start Date – 02 September 2019
Planned Completion – Late 2020

Live traffic and works map

Project timeline

  • Ground Investigation works - commenced 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 - March 2019
  • River Dane bridge beams lifted into place - December 2019
  • Earthworks, drainage, road foundation works and surfacing - March 2019 to December 2020
  • Structures complete late 2020
  • Full Scheme complete - late January 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

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

Current progress