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Government green lights £53m to extend A500 dual carriageway in Cheshire

Plans to make all the A500 between Crewe and the M6 into a dual carriageway are a step closer.

The £68.7m scheme has cleared a major hurdle – by securing programme entry and funding from the government, subject to final approval.

Planning permission was granted in April last year to expand the single carriageway between Meremoor Moss roundabout and the motorway.

The plans would also see the roundabout enlarged, and bridges over the A500 at Barthomley Road and Radway Green Road would be extended.

Councillor Craig Browne, Cheshire East Council deputy leader and cabinet member for strategic transport, said: “This is a big achievement and great news for the borough. I warmly congratulate our highways and infrastructure team for their work to secure this.

“Dualling this section of the A500 is a major project, designed specifically to improve traffic flow and connectivity and would complete the dualling of this key route. 

“The scheme will address existing congestion issues at peak times, increase network resilience and improve safety, as well as facilitate the development of key strategic sites in our Local Plan and secure future economic growth in and around Crewe, particularly from the construction and operation of HS2 and a HS2 hub station in Crewe. 

“The A500 is a key piece of infrastructure that links Crewe and surrounding areas to the M6 and across the important A50/ A500 corridor and was a key component of plans to boost strategic connectivity for key businesses in the region and access to what will be the nationally important HS2 Crewe hub station.

“I’d like to thank our colleagues in the strategic Constellation Partnership, who also lobbied government to get this project the green light.”

There is more information here: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways_and_roads/roadworks/major-projects/a500-dualling.aspx

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