Morgan Sindall completes Crewe Green Link Road
The 1.1 kilometre long Crewe Green Link Road was officially opened to traffic on 21 December by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP in a ceremony held by Cheshire East Council. The project was completed within an allocated £19 million contract.
The new dual-carriageway link road runs between the existing roundabout on the northern spur off the A500 Hough-Shavington bypass up to the A5020 Weston Gate roundabout. The road is part of a programme of improvements in and around Crewe town centre and railway station, opening up significant areas for development supporting Cheshire East Council’s plans for economic growth in the region.
The dual carriageway link passes under the Crewe-Derby railway line, which is on a low embankment. As part of the project, the Morgan Sindall team built a new bridge on the line of the existing track, with the road set in a cutting to provide the required headroom. The 2,000 tonne, 30-metre bridge deck and accompanying sill beams were built offline and moved into place on multi-axle transporters during a 54-hour Easter 2015 track possession.
Bill Gifford, managing director of Transport at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the on-time and safe conclusion of this project which will provide traffic relief for Crewe and help to reduce congestion in the town.
A key requirement for us on all our schemes is to be a considerate constructor and minimise the effect we have on the local community. This was achieved here with a redesign which incorporated all surplus construction materials into the works, avoiding the need for transport off-site and therefore reducing the impact on local traffic.”
In addition, during the early contractor involvement stage, the project team carefully managed the environmental constraints which included provision for the relocation of great-crested newts and white-clawed crayfish. Working with Natural England and the Cheshire East Council team, programme and design impact were mitigated with the construction of two newt areas and crayfish-friendly weirs in the local brook.
Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones, said: “The completion of Crewe Green Link Road is yet another fantastic achievement for this Council and demonstrates our total commitment to the regeneration and future growth strategy for the town.
“I have always stated how committed I am to providing infrastructure that alleviates the frustrations experienced by businesses and residents when travelling, and I am so pleased that Cheshire East Council has delivered yet another strategic highways project that will help to stimulate connectivity and attract new businesses and jobs to this great railway town.”
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