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.

Current status

Planning Committee has approved with conditions, MEB planning application (Reference No 18/5833C) which is available on the planning portal

Planning Committee has also approved with conditions, application reference 20/2162C and Section 73 application 20/2064C

  • Planning application 20/2162C -  includes the proposed additional areas associated with the approved road scheme, consisting of ecological and landscape mitigation and a revised farmer's underpass
  •  Section 73 application 20/2064C - variation of condition no. 2 (approved plans) on planning approval 18/5833C, together with associated highway and landscaping works.

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 spring 2021.Ground investigation surveys are now complete.

Timetable and costs

The current programme (subject to planning and final funding approvals) is for the main works to start late 2022, with an estimated 22 month construction period.

The current estimate for the cost of the scheme is £73.5 million including prior years spend to develop the Outline Business case.

Business case

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.

Contact us

Please submit any further queries by emailing the Council at  middlewicheasternbypass@cheshireeast.gov.uk

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