New 5.5km bypass for Congleton

Historic day as £90m Congleton link road opens

The long-awaited £90m Congleton link road has opened to traffic.


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 5.5km route will open for the public to walk and cycle along from 5pm on Friday 16 April, before opening to motorised vehicles on Monday 19 April.

Read the latest Notification Letter

Project updates


  • 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)


  • 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)

Read the latest project newsletter


Back Lane (East), Congleton

We will be imposing a full closure of Back Lane (East) adjacent to the Seddon Homes development and Travis Perkins Building Merchant, to enable the widening of the carriageway.

The closure applies to non-motorists also, but pedestrians and cyclists will be able to go around the closure via the Seddon Homes development, before re-joining Back Lane.

Start Date – 24 May 2021

Planned Completion – 02 July 2021

Live traffic and works map


Chelford Road, Somerford

There will be temporary 2-way traffic lights in place 24 hours a day on Chelford Road, adjacent to Goodwin’s Pool to enable the construction of a new field access.

Start Date – 24 May 2021

Planned Completion – 28 May 2021

Live traffic and works map


Holmes Chapel Road, Somerford

There will be temporary 3-way traffic lights in place between the hours of 7.30 am and 6.30 pm to enable the construction of a new footpath.

When completed the footpath will provide a connection to Holmes Chapel Road and the entrance to the River Dane Holiday Park.

Start Date – 24 May 2021

Planned Completion – 4 June 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
  • Full Scheme complete - April 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

Completion - April 2021