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Top award for Warrington West railway station

Warrington West railway station in Chapelford has scooped a top, regional award.
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The station has been awarded the North West’s ‘Transportation Project of the Year’ by the CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation).

The CIHT Awards celebrate innovation and excellence within highways and transportation and the benefits this brings to society.

The £20.5m station – which was funded by Warrington Borough Council, the Department for Transport, developer contributions and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership – opened in December 2019.

Delivered by Balfour Beatty with the support of Network Rail who own and operate the railway, the new station is providing rail travellers with modern facilities and excellent links to Liverpool and Manchester.

CIHT judges praised Warrington West for the quality of construction and the benefits it has brought to Warrington and the wider region. The scheme has supported 12,000 jobs, benefited 2,000 homes and forms an important part of the council’s work to cut carbon emissions and reduce traffic congestion.

The CIHT award is the latest success for the project, which also won a coveted ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) North West Large Project Award in April.

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for highways and transportation, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “We want to ensure that sustainable transport is placed at the heart of our ongoing growth and development. The new Warrington West station is an important part of that vision.

“It has brought huge benefits to our borough, providing excellent links with Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington town centre and Birchwood and building on our strengths as a well-connected, business-friendly town.

“The new station – delivered on time and on budget – has been a huge success story for Warrington, and I’m delighted that this is, once again, being recognised at a regional level.”

Balfour Beatty Area Director, Simon Barker, said: “We are incredibly proud that Warrington West railway station has been awarded North West ‘Transportation Project of the Year’ by the CIHT – a great achievement for Warrington Borough Council and all those involved.

“With works procured through SCAPE Civil Engineering, the project team have applied their expertise to deliver the highest quality construction. Not only will the new railway station provide excellent transport links, but will significantly reduce carbon emissions in the area by limiting the need to travel by car.”

Philip Cox, chief executive of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to see Warrington West acknowledged with this award. The station project has been twenty years in development and provides much needed connectivity to and from Manchester and Liverpool as well as sustainable access to the major employment site at Omega.”

Warrington West benefited from £4.2m of Department for Transport’s New Stations Funding, and £6.5m from the Local Growth Deal via the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. The remainder of the funding came from Warrington Borough Council and developer contributions.

To find out more about on Warrington West railway station, visit warrington.gov.uk/warrington-west-station

For more information on the CIHT Awards, visit ciht.org.uk