Meanwhile Highways England and Costain, the lead contractor for the Knutsford to Bowdon improvement – which will bypass the existing A556 – have launched a newsletter to ensure residents and other local people are kept up to date with progress.
Work started in November and is set to be completed in early 2017.
Highways England project manager Jonathan Stokes said:
Aerial photographs provide us with useful information to help us with the construction of the road but also give us a perfect opportunity to share the progress we are making and how the new road is developing.
It’s obviously early days but even these first pictures show how the new link road is starting to take shape.
Welcoming news of the progress so far Roads Minister Andrew Jones said:
Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity. Our investment in roads is the biggest in a generation and is a key part of our long term economic plan.
We are delivering the promises on road investment and these pictures demonstrate the excellent progress being made on the A556. The new road will divert heavy traffic away from local villages, making it is easier for residents to see friends and family and creating jobs and opportunities.
The early months of the project have been spent on setting up the main project offices along the A56 Lymm Road just off Bowdon roundabout. The site also includes material and plant storage facilities. Other work has included installing boundary fencing and environmental mitigation measures.
The project is now entering a key stage with work on installing 3 of the new road’s 7 bridges – the ones at Bowdon, Tabley and Millington – as well as an underpass at Old Hall Lane. Work on clearing land to accommodate a new roundabout as part of the remodelled M56 junction 7 is also underway
The 4 pictures released today by Highways England include:
- the site office and land clearance for a new roundabout between the M56 and Bowdon Roundabout
- work just north east of junction 19 of the M6 to build a new roundabout and bridge which will link the old and new A556 routes after the old A556 link to the motorway roundabout is cut off
- work around the A50 west of Mere to provide a site compound and roundabout adjacent to the new route again linking both new route and old A556.
- work around Millington Lane west of the A556 and just south of the M56 where the new route will link into and then diverge away from the existing route
Residents and local people can keep up to date with progress through a newsletter - with the first edition due to be published and posted through local doors over the next few weeks. The newsletter can be read online here.
Highways England is also thanking local people and road users for their support in recent weeks during a series of overnight closures of the A556 south of Bowdon roundabout. Some further overnight closures will be taking place later this summer when phases of the project will switch and these will be publicised nearer the time.
Two planned and scheduled road closures off the A556 – of Millington Hall Lane north of Bucklow Hill and Old Hall Lane at Over Tabley – will take place on Monday 22 July and Wednesday 2 July respectively, lasting for the duration of the project.
More information, including an option to sign up for regular email updates, is available from the official project page.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.