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A6184 South Heywood link road

NW Groundwork are proud to have played a part in the construction of a new 2.2km motorway link road, the A6184, which was opened last November.

The South Heywood link road connects junction 19 of the M62 motorway with Pilsworth Road in Heywood, and will be a catalyst for the local economy as the increased connectivity makes the area more attractive to new investment and supports existing employment.

It is the first completed element of the 316-acre South Heywood Masterplan which is being brought forward by Russells, the regional property and construction group. It supports development of more than 1.45million sq ft of new employment space at Russells’ new 120-acre logistics and manufacturing site HPARK which is located off the new link road.

NW Groundwork prepared and installed the ducting for street lighting and communication on the new road, key to unlocking the opportunity for 1,000 new homes, a new local centre with a primary school, park, retail and sport facilities.

Rochdale Borough Council has applied to name the new road Queen Elizabeth II Way, in honour of the late head of state. It was built with over £20m private and public sector funding and is set to benefit local residents and businesses with shorter journeys times and reduced travel costs.

Councillor Daniel Meredith, cabinet member for highways and housing for Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The opening of the new link road gives an opportunity to alleviate congestion and reduce journeys by creating a more efficient route. It should lead to vehicles no longer relying on the town centre to navigate their journeys, creating a better environment for residents as the local roads become much less busy.”

For Heywood town centre this will remove up to 35,770 heavy goods vehicle (HGV) journeys every year and reduce carbon emissions by immediately reducing journeys by 267,000 hours a year.

Bruce Parker, National Highways’ Head of Planning and Development in the North West, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the opening of the new link. It will support improved journeys to and from the M62 and is already unlocking the potential for new businesses, hundreds of extra jobs and more homes in the vicinity of the motorway.”


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