The Board considered a report from the Operational Director – Policy, Planning and Transportation, which sought approval for further feasibility work (Year 2) on the business case for the East Runcorn Connectivity (ERC) Scheme (this follows the Year 1 programme approved by the Board in June 2021).
The full ERC scheme comprised four elements:
§ A558 dualling from Pitts Heath Lane to Innovation Way;
§ A56 Major Maintenance – Keckwick Lane to M56 junction 11;
§ Potential loop road M56 junction 11 to A533; and
§ A suite of active and sustainable travel interventions.
Further details of the four elements were discussed in the report, and Appendix one presented the Year 2 outline of programme activity for the ERC for Members approval. It was noted that a Year 2 proposal had been submitted to the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and Halton was now in receipt of an offer letter to support Year 2 with pre-development funding.
RESOLVED: That the Executive Board
1) approve the further development of the East Runcorn Connectivity business case;
2) approve the Year 2 programme as set out in Appendix 1;
3) approve the amendment of the Council’s Capital Programme to incorporate the Year 2 sum of £2.71m;
4) approve the principle of commissioning Mott MacDonald as external consultant for the project via the Merseytravel Consultancy Framework to 2025; and
5) delegate power to the Operational Director – Policy, Planning and Transportation, in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Urban Renewal, to implement the Year 2 works on the East Runcorn Connectivity Scheme, within funding deadlines.