Mon 17th June 2013 2.43PM

A £3.4m Government grant has been won by Cheshire West and Chester Council for vital improvements to Northwich town centre roads.
The grant, with a further £1.4m from CWaC, will pay for major changes to the Leicester Street/Chester Way roundabout and making the town’s gyratory system permanent.
The schemes are designed to help Northwich cope with the predicted increase in traffic generated by the Barons Quay, Memorial Court and Hayhurst Quay developments which will create around 1,300 jobs.

Cllr Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment, said: “The successful bid shows the government recognises what a valuable contribution a new vibrant Northwich will make to the region’s economy. Improving the flow of traffic underpins the shared ambition to make to improve the job opportunities and quality of life for everyone in the Northwich area.”

Around £3.4m will be spent creating a new Leicester Street roundabout, which is the junction of five roads, using signalling and an urban traffic management control system. Work is expected to last from October 2014 to June 2015.
Work on making the £1.4m one-way gyratory permanent is expected to be completed by November 2014 and involves alterations to five signal junctions and incorporates two swing bridges. The improvements will also help Northwich roads cope with additional traffic generated by almost 3,000 new homes expected to be built over several years in the Winnington and Wincham urban villages, Middlewich Road and the Lostock triangle.

The £80m Barons Quay project will create shops, restaurants, hotel and multi screen cinema. The £13.7m Memorial Court includes a swimming pool and other leisure facilities and work is already underway on Hayhurst Quay where a new Waitrose store is being constructed.