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Cheshire East Council sets out £170m infrastructure investment plan

Cheshire East Council has revealed more than £170m-worth of infrastructure projects to support its local growth plan up to 2030.

The council has unveiled a number of major schemes across the region, which covers areas including Crewe, Macclesfield, Poynton and Congleton, to be built over the next 15 years.

The Local Plan up to 2030 already includes a blueprint for 36,000 new homes to be built in the region, with infrastructure investment already under way on several schemes.

The largest of these is the £90m Congleton Link Road, for which plans were approved in June this year and compulsory purchase orders are due to begin in the coming months.

Half the cost of the project is being met by the Department for Transport, with a further £23m due to come from developers and the remaining £22m from the council.

Construction of the link road is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Speaking at the launch of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Infrastructure Vision report in Manchester, Chris Hindle, head of strategic infrastructure at the council, said Cheshire East’s view was “the more routes to procurement, the better”.

He added that the council would look to utilise Greater Manchester’s £200m civil engineering framework, released this week, and that there was “a discussion to be had on how we get best value” from infrastructure projects across the council’s pipeline.

The council may also potentially look to procure smaller projects, worth between £500,000 and £5m, through its Highways Services contract, currently held by Jacobs.

A new Highways Services contract is due to go out to tender in the coming months and will run until 2018.

Plans have also been submitted for the £38m Poynton relief road, due to open in 2019.

In addition, the Middlewich Eastern Bypass, worth an estimated £50m, has received fast-track funding from the DfT – one of only seven schemes nationally to do so – giving the council until March 2017 to deliver its business case for the project.

Mr Hindle added that there would also be “significant” investment in Crewe station and the surrounding area to prepare for the arrival of High Speed 2, alongside local connectivity, with plans submitted for a £50m scheme to dual the A500, which runs from Nantwich to Stoke-on-Trent.

He said the council would be looking to contractors to provide value to the council, and would want to see high levels of community engagement and local jobs, particularly in Crewe where projects will require “a high level of co-ordination” with the existing programme of upgrade works.

The council has already fired the starting gun on a £100m mixed-use redevelopment of Crewe town centre, and announced in March that it was looking for a development partner to plan and deliver the regeneration of the Royal Arcade site in the town centre.

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