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21/08/2018

Congleton bypass project receives approval

Congleton bypass approval

The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved plans to build a 3.5-kilometre bypass in Congleton, Cheshire, saving drivers seven minutes in their journey past the town.

A 3.5-kilometre road will connect the A534 west of Congleton with the A536 to the north of the town, which will benefit thousands of drivers every day, the government said.

The link road will directly support more than 1,000 new homes, and will open up 9.3 hectares of business land by 2035. It will indirectly support an extra 1,475 homes and 10 hectares of employment land to the north of Congleton.

The project is set to cost £75 million, with the Department for Transport providing £45 million, private developers a further £20.8 million, and £9.63 million from Cheshire East Council. 

Transport minister Liz Sugg, said: “This new bypass will not only lead to fewer accidents and cut congestion in Congleton, it will take lorries out of the town centre and improve air quality for its residents.

“The link road will also help create new homes and jobs around Congleton, boosting the local economy.”

A cycleway and path will be built alongside the road to provide cyclists a better link around Congleton.

The works will commence in October and finish in 2020.

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