MP in town bypass call

Warrington Guardian: David Mowat speaking in the House of Commons David Mowat speaking in the House of Commons

A BYPASS is needed to cope with the extra pressue due to hit Warrington’s road - according to one of its MPs.

David Mowat, Conservative MP for Warrington South, spoke out in a House of Commons debate on Tuesday night.

He says a bypass is needed around the town centre to relieve Bridge Foot - which is already at bursting point.

He says the joint effect of the new Runcorn Bridge and increased vehicle movements needed to accomodate the Atlantic Gateway project on the Manchester Ship Canal will require a long term solution.

He added: “So far Warrington Borough Council has developed memorandums of understanding with Peel Holdings on the canal movements, with some sensible measures in that regard, and with Halton Borough Council in respect of the bridge.

“However, we are tinkering at the boundaries and trying to mitigate what is unmitigable.

“Both schemes that are causing problems in Warrington, the Atlantic gateway and the Mersey gateway bridge, are good schemes that are necessary and should go forward.

“What I am asking is that collectively we do what we can to ensure that we do not undermine the prosperity and safety of the residents of Warrington as we pursue the schemes.”

Council leader Terry O’Neill is also backing a short term plan, which Mr Mowat mentioned, to put in a link road in place from close to Bank Quay station to Brian Bevan island.

He said a longer term solution could be a route from Sankey Way to Chester Road, close to Walton Gardens.

He added: “We are looking to maximise our economic potential and this would be one way of doing that.

“We have costed plans in place, not only for the roads, but it would allow us to develop currently untapped areas as well.

“The Atlantic Gateway plans are good and I am hoping we can use them to improve all the roads and routes to the south of the town.”

While large Government grants would probably need to be used to help the schemes, Clr O’Neill was in London on Tuesday speaking to possible investors for the wider Cheshire and Warrington economic community.

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1:37pm Wed 28 Nov 12

WAFiver says...

All well and good, but all the waggons that won't pay to use the new Widnes bridge will still gridlock Cuerdley, Penketh, Sankey Bridges etc before it even gets to the town centre by-pass...
All well and good, but all the waggons that won't pay to use the new Widnes bridge will still gridlock Cuerdley, Penketh, Sankey Bridges etc before it even gets to the town centre by-pass... WAFiver
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5:53pm Wed 28 Nov 12

old-codger says...

He said a longer term solution could be a route from Sankey Way to Chester Road, close to Walton Gardens. .......


We have been saying that for years, A lot of people will not pay to cross this new bridge or the old one, The money raised from (road tax) should be used to pay for roads and bridges, That is what it was intended for in the first place..
He said a longer term solution could be a route from Sankey Way to Chester Road, close to Walton Gardens. ....... We have been saying that for years, A lot of people will not pay to cross this new bridge or the old one, The money raised from (road tax) should be used to pay for roads and bridges, That is what it was intended for in the first place.. old-codger
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10:25am Thu 29 Nov 12

Flash123 says...

The Bank Quay link to Brian Bevan island is a no brainer, and I can't believe it's not been established before. It would certainly be a lot simpler logistically (and cost wise) than the Sankey Way to Chester Road link.
The Bank Quay link to Brian Bevan island is a no brainer, and I can't believe it's not been established before. It would certainly be a lot simpler logistically (and cost wise) than the Sankey Way to Chester Road link. Flash123
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2:11pm Thu 29 Nov 12

The Maestro says...

Flash123 wrote:
The Bank Quay link to Brian Bevan island is a no brainer, and I can't believe it's not been established before. It would certainly be a lot simpler logistically (and cost wise) than the Sankey Way to Chester Road link.
There were plans by the owners of Centre Parks to open a new bridge over the Mersey toward the Stag Inn end of Chester Road, Peel Holdings own the banks of the Mersey ad wanted £3million per metre to put bridge footings on the banks this is properly why something wasnt done before
[quote][p][bold]Flash123[/bold] wrote: The Bank Quay link to Brian Bevan island is a no brainer, and I can't believe it's not been established before. It would certainly be a lot simpler logistically (and cost wise) than the Sankey Way to Chester Road link.[/p][/quote]There were plans by the owners of Centre Parks to open a new bridge over the Mersey toward the Stag Inn end of Chester Road, Peel Holdings own the banks of the Mersey ad wanted £3million per metre to put bridge footings on the banks this is properly why something wasnt done before The Maestro
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