A500 Dualling 

We are developing proposals to upgrade the section of the A500 between Meremoor Moss roundabout and M6 junction 16 to dual carriageway standard. The scheme would address existing congestion issues at peak times, increasing resilience and improving safety,  as well as facilitating economic growth in and around Crewe. It would also support the construction and operation of HS2.

The scheme

The proposals are to widen the A500 immediately to the south of the existing carriageway to create a dual carriageway.  Meremoor Moss roundabout will be enlarged to create additional capacity. Where local roads cross the A500, at Barthomley Road and Radway Green Road, the bridges will be lengthened to accommodate the wider road beneath. 

The objectives of the scheme are:

  • to support the economic, physical and social regeneration of Crewe
  • to improve road safety and journey times and their reliability
  • to improve the reliability of public transport
  • to improve connectivity between important economic centres in the sub-regional Constellation Partnership
  • to support delivery of key national infrastructure, e.g. HS2 and the Crewe Hub Station
  • to support delivery of key employment and housing allocations
  • to improve the efficiency and reliability of the highway network
  • to reduce the conflict between the local and strategic traffic, and provide an improved route for freight and business travel
  • to facilitate future improvements to Junction 16 on the M6

Current status

We are continuing to develop the design ahead of submitting a planning application in July 2018.

Timetable and costs

The target date to start construction of this scheme is early 2020. We are forecasting a construction period of 18 - 24 months.

The current estimate for the cost of the scheme is £55m.

Business case

We have now submitted the draft outline business case for the scheme, which we intend to submit to the department for transport for consideration for inclusion in their Large Local Schemes programme. We hope to receive a positive decision at the end of 2018.

Consultation

The pre-planning public consultation report (PDF, 10MB) is an important document that will inform both the planning application and the assessment of the outline business case.

Preliminary informal consultations were undertaken between December 2016 and March 2017 to discuss options for the scheme. This led to a recommendation to Cabinet in May 2017 to widen the road to the south; further detail can be found in the  May 9 Cabinet report and appendices

We subsequently sought views on the proposed scheme and the outline design.

Public exhibitions were held on 20 and 23 September 2017 in Barthomley Village Hall, where the plans were on display. You can access the exhibition boards here.

If you have any questions about the scheme you can contact the project team by emailing A500dualling@cheshireeast.gov.uk or by writing to:

A500 Dualling
Floor 6
Delamere House
Delamere Street
Crewe
CW1 2LL

Planning application

We expect to submit a planning application in July 2018.

There will be a further formal consultation with statutory consultees as part of the planning procedure.

Compulsory purchase order and land

This occurs where the government, local council or utility company has the legal right to buy or take rights over your private property if it falls within a public or private construction project (e.g. airport expansions, housing developments, sewer, water or gas pipe schemes, and rail or road building projects).

Compensation is available to ensure a land or property owner is restored, as far as possible, to the same financial position that they were in before the land and property were compulsory purchased.

Whilst the powers are strong, the acquiring authority must demonstrate that taking of the land is necessary and there is a “compelling case in the public interest” Owners and occupiers may challenge this process and their objection will be heard by an independent inspector.

Compensation

You may get extra help if your home will be negatively affected by the road. This can include soundproofing, such as new windows. The government have produced a guide which explains when you might be able to get help.

You might also be entitled to compensation if the road will reduce your property’s value. More information is available on Gov.UK. You may also want to consult a professional such as a surveyor or solicitor to help you.

We’re consulting with landowners affected by the scheme, and information about the compulsory land purchase and compensation process can be found on the Communities and Local Government website. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors also provides advice on the process.

Anyone concerned about the direct impact of the scheme on their land interests can contact the project team for more information.

Funding

A grant has been awarded by the department for transport to Cheshire East Council to develop the outline business case for the scheme and prepare a formal planning application. 

We submitted an application to Department for Transport in June 2018 for inclusion in their Large Local Schemes programme for funding towards the construction of the scheme, subject to the completion of statutory processes.

The current estimate for the cost of the scheme is £55m.