On the day that Cheshire East Council announced that the £58m Middlewich bypass would go ahead, there was more excellent news for residents in Crewe and Macclesfield as well.
The authority has been successful with two national productivity investment fund bids totalling £8.5m, which is in each case a major step towards improving the local road networks in both towns.
In Crewe, the funding will go towards new roads and junctions that will ease congestion in the north of the town near Leighton Hospital and the Bentley factory.
In Macclesfield, the funding will go directly towards improving the busy Silk Road and Hibel Road junction in the town.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Fresh off the back of the news that we have been successful with our funding bid for the Middlewich bypass, this is another terrific boost for two of the other major towns in our borough.
“This funding is a big step towards providing much needed relief to some of the more congested areas around Crewe and Macclesfield. Alongside the council’s own funding and that from developers, it will bring further economic advantages to the borough in the form of job creation.
“We will also be able to better meet the housing provision needs of residents of Cheshire East by enabling delivery of vital new development.”
Construction on both schemes is scheduled to get underway within the next two years.