Work has started on a new link road in Denton town centre which will help reduce traffic congestion at the Crown Point junction and bring forward the regeneration of the former Oldham Batteries site.
Tameside Council has secured £1.67 million funding from the Greater Manchester Growth Deal Round 2 for the project in the latest of a series of infrastructure improvements to tackle congestion, reduce journey times and regenerate major sites across the borough.
Tameside Council Executive Leader, Councillor Kieran Quinn was joined on Monday of this week by Andrew Gwynne (MP for Denton and Reddish) and Stephen Barnes Managing Director (Development) from Network Space Ltd, which owns the former Oldham Batteries site, for a sod-cutting ceremony.
The new Denton Link Road will bypass the Crown Point junction, a long-standing bottleneck on a key Tameside to Manchester route, by connecting Ashton Road with Edward Street. The 6.3 hectare (15.6 acre) Oldham Batteries site off Hyde Road, which has been vacant since the company closed in 2002, will also be opened up for redevelopment.
The link road enables the redevelopment of the former Oldham Batteries bringing a mixed-use development of commercial, leisure and residential, bringing new amenity to existing residents and removing a long standing Denton eyesore.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It’s great that this investment is focused on a part of Denton where residents have had to put up with a run-down site for far too long. Apart from easing traffic congestion, this investment will bring jobs to Denton and ultimately help secure the future growth of the town.”
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn said:
“I am delighted the work to construct the link road has started which will allow us to remove two of Denton’s biggest problems in one go. Anyone who has encountered Crown Point, especially at rush hour, will know what a frustrating place it can be with long queues of traffic stretching in all directions. The derelict former Oldham Batteries site has been a blight on Denton for almost 14 years and we are now able to work with the owners to bring such a large town-centre area back into use thereby boosting the local economy.”
Stephen Barnes, Managing Director of Network Space Ltd said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Tameside Council, who have supported us over several years in bringing forward this important development opportunity. Whilst our plans have had to change to reflect changing market conditions, the new link road is the final piece in the jigsaw to unlocking the investment potential of the site.