Middlewich Eastern Bypass (MEB)
Middlewich is one of the Key Service Centres for Cheshire East, providing homes, employment opportunities, retail, education and health services. The town centre currently suffers from severe traffic congestion due to its location at the junction of two major roads; the A54 which links to the M6, Winsford and Chester, and the A533 to Sandbach and Northwich.
Cheshire East Council has been working since 2015 to develop options for a bypass which will reduce traffic congestion in the town centre whilst supporting employment and housing growth in the area as a whole.
Planning Committee resolved to approve the MEB planning application (Reference No 18/5833C) which is available on the planning portal.
Cheshire East Council is currently in the process of demolishing New Farm which provides vacant farm buildings, which must be demolished and cleared to make way for the scheme. New Farm, Middlewich and adjoining land, is owned by the Council having been acquired by the former Cheshire County Council in June 2006 for the purpose of assembling land for a previous iteration of the Middlewich Eastern Bypass. It is included within the scheme and will be an area to be utilised for temporary works during construction.
Ground investigation surveys are due to start December 2019 and are anticipated to run up to April 2020.
A programme of preliminary environment works, such as habitat creation (creation of ponds, strengthening of hedges etc.), has been developed in order to discharge a number of planning conditions. These works are due to commence Early 2020.
Timetable and costs
The current programme (subject to planning and final funding approvals) is for the main works to start in 2021, with an estimated 30-month construction period.
The current estimate for the cost of the scheme is £58 million.
The Outline Business case was submitted to the Department of Transport (DfT) in March 2017. The scheme has now been accepted onto the DfT’s Large Local Scheme programme.
Public exhibitions were held on Wednesday 28 March, Saturday 10 April and Thursday 19 April 2018 at St Mary Church Hall. Further information can be found on the exhibition boards (PDF, 3.8MB) and consultation brochure (PDF, 1.8MB) created for the consultation.
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Middlewich Eastern Bypass
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