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Work in progress from 10 May 2021 to 13 May 2021

Contractors will be carrying out surfacing night works between 10 May and 13 May, on Chester Road, Wilson Patten Street, and Slutcher's Lane. As a result, these roads will be closed between 7.00 pm, and 5.00 am (1.00 am for Chester Road/ Gainsborough Road) as outlined below. We'll ensure residents, businesses and station using the car park on Slutcher's Lane have access. Otherwise, diversions will be in place. Each road will reopen to traffic outside these working times.

Please note that road closures will be coordinated between each road and will not be closed simultaneously.

Here's the plan of the works:

Mon 10 May 

  • Full closure of Chester Road, including the junction with Gainsborough Road and Slutcher's Lane from the Network Rail Compound to Chester Road. 
  • To complete remedial works on Chester Road and Gainsborough Road junction and work up Slutchers Lane from Chester Road towards Network Rail Entrance.

Tues 11 May

  • Full closure of Wilson Patten Street and Slutchers Lane North up to the junction with Wilson Patten Street.
  • Complete remedial works on Wilson Patten Street/Arply Street and work up Slutchers Lane from the junction with Wilson Patten Street.

Weds 12 May

  • Localised lane closures on Slutchers Lane under two-way lights as required.

 Thurs 13 May

  • To complete remedial works on Slutchers Lane.

Chester Road

To undertake works on Chester Road, we'll be closing on the evening/night of 10 May from A49 Wilderspool Causeway (Brian Bevan roundabout) to A56 Walton New Road. This closure will start at 7.00 pm until 5.00 am with access only for residents and businesses. The roads will reopen to traffic outside these working times. Please refer to the plan below showing the diversion route.

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Chester Road diversion route

Wilson Patten Street

To undertake works on Parker Street/ Wilson Patten Street/ Bridgefoot, we'll be closing the A5061 Liverpool Road junction to A49 Mersey Street. This closure will begin at 7.00 pm until 5.00 am on 11 May, with access only for residents, businesses and the train station. The roads will reopen to traffic outside the working times. Please refer to the plan below showing the diversion route.

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Wilson Patten Street - diversion route

Slutchers Lane

On the nights of 10 and 11 May, we'll be closing sections of Slutchers Lane with two-way traffic signals between 7.00 pm until 5.00 am. We'll maintain residential, business access, as well as access to the train station. The roads will reopen to traffic outside the working times. Please refer to the plan below showing the diversion route.

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Slutchers Lane diversion route

Please note, these timescales are subject to change due to the nature of live construction projects and the evolving situation concerning COVID-19. We'll report any changes to the above on this webpage. 

At present, Balfour Beatty (principal contractor) has determined that they can remain operational, in line with current guidance on COVID-19 from the UK Government, at Centre Park Link. Still, they will only be undertaking activities where they can appropriately implement the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued on 7 January 2021 by the Construction Leadership Council.

If you require more information you can contact the project team by email at CPL@warrington.gov.uk.

The project

The project proposes a bridge crossing across the River Mersey from Chester Road, just north of Gainsborough Road. This proposed crossing would join onto an extended Slutchers Lane leading from Wilson Patten Street. A new signal controlled junction is to be constructed at each end of the new link on Chester Road and Wilson Patten Street.

Funding

The cost for the project is currently £19.89 million. Contributors include:

  • Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise partnership - £5.3 million via the Local Growth Fund. View the business case submitted to the Local Enterprise Partnership and associated documents.
  • Ministry of Housing Community and Local Government - £3.7 million via the Housing Infrastructure Fund. 
  • The remainder will be funded via council borrowing
Gainsborough Road traffic calming consultation

A public consultation has been undertaken regarding the timing of the proposed traffic calming measures along Gainsborough Road. A copy of the consultation report containing the consultation feedback and outcome is available below.

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