Preparations begin for £7.29 million A51 improvement scheme

13 July 2020

Initial preparation works will begin this week for the £7.29 million A51 improvement scheme between the Vicars Cross and Tarvin roundabout junctions.

There will be little impact on traffic flow at this stage but passers-by will see a works compound take shape and a utility company will carry out works to divert essential cables.  Work on the improvement scheme itself is due to start in August.

Cheshire West and Chester Council unveiled plans to improve the area last year at two information drop-in sessions. This feedback has helped shape the development of the final scheme designs.

The scheme of major junction and roundabout improvements will see additional lanes at the Stamford Bridge traffic lights involving the widening of the existing bridge over the River Gowy, as well as additional signage and carriageway markings at Tarvin roundabout to encourage the use of both lanes heading southbound.  

Other improvements will include changes to the road layout, widening, lane markings and better signage along the length of the route.

New crossing points and improved footpaths for pedestrians, bus users and cyclists are also planned in a bid to reduce delays, congestion and promote greener transport, improving air quality.

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “These works are in preparation for the start of the main scheme of improvements which will begin in August.  A confirmed start date will be publicised as soon as plans are finalised.

“This stretch of road is well known for long travel delays and the Council is keen to make improvements to ease traffic congestion and improve journey time. Improving traffic flow through this section of the A51 will also improve air quality by cutting down nitrogen dioxide emissions from queuing vehicles.

“Once work has started, we will provide regular information and updates on the Council website and through other channels.  Although some inconvenience is inevitable, works will be planned to ensure minimum disruption while this essential project takes shape.”

Funding for the £7.29 million scheme involves match funding from the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

More information on the scheme can be found on the Council's website.

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