Graham lands £90m Congleton link road
Cheshire East Council has appointed civil engineering contractor Graham Construction to build its Congleton Link Road scheme.
Construction on the £90m project could begin construction before the end of the year. The main construction contract was advertised at £58m.
The 5.5km (3.5-mile) road will unlock key sites for housing and development as well as relieve traffic congestion in the town centre and improve east-west connectivity. The scheme links the A536 Macclesfield Road to the north with the A534 Sandbach Road to the west.
Graham Construction will have to build two road bridge crossings and two underpasses, with comprehensive environmental mitigation and conservation measures to protect great crested newts, bats, other wildlife and ancient woodland.
Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: “I am pleased to be able to announce that the council has appointed Graham Construction to build the Congleton Link Road.
“Graham Construction is a well-known, highly-reputable firm with an enviable track record in delivering prestige projects in the area of civil engineering and road building.
“The Congleton Link Road represents another major highways scheme in the ongoing programme of infrastructure development across the borough. This will help to unlock and support further economic growth, new investment and jobs and business opportunities for the area.”
Leo Martin, managing director of Graham Construction (civil engineering), said: “This is a real coup for us and we are relishing the prospect of working with Cheshire East Council on this important project that will bring economic and social regeneration to the town and the Congleton area. We appreciate that traffic has been a considerable challenge in the town and the link road will serve to vastly reduce congestion. “
The council is waiting for final funding approval from the Department for Transport but is aiming to have the new road open to traffic in late 2020.