News story: Government invests in Warrington congestion cutting scheme

first_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Thousands of new jobs and homes could be created in Warrington after the Transport Secretary approved £142.5 million for a new Western Link.The new road, which will connect the A56 at Chester Road with the A57 at Sankey Way, will create a new crossing point over the Mersey, cutting congestion and opening up land for development for up to 24,000 new homes and substantial employment opportunities.The scheme will also create job opportunities at the Port of Warrington, boosting the economy of the whole area.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: Roads media enquiries The Western Link Road creates an additional key link between the north and south of Warrington, taking shipping traffic away from the town centre.It will also ease congestion close to Warrington Bank Quay station, improving journey times in and around the town, while an additional bridge will be built over the Manchester Shipping Canal.Construction on the new road could start as early as 2021.This is part of the government’s £13 billion investment in northern transport, which includes Highways England’s £1.5 billion to enhance motorways and major A roads in the north west as well as £1.57 billion from the growth deal for more than 60 transport schemes in the region until 2021.In addition, Warrington West Station, which received £4.23 million from the New Stations Fund, is due to be completed later this year. When complete, Northern Rail will provide two trains an hour. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Investment in roads cuts travel time, increases productivity and helps create new job opportunities. The new Western Link Road will significantly benefit both road users and residents in Warrington, and is the latest instalment of the government’s record £13 billion investment in transport across the north of England.last_img read more

Audra McDonald Makes Tony History with Lady Day Win

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Star Files Five-time Tony winner no more! Audra McDonald made history tonight in two ways when she took home her sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Not only has she become the first person to win in all four performance categories, but she has also broken the record for the most Tony Awards won by a performer.McDonald beats a record that she held with fellow winners Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris (Harris also received a Lifetime Achievement Special Tony in 2002). While McDonald is the first to win in all four performance categories, four other performers have been nominated in each category: Lansbury, Jan Maxwell, Boyd Gaines and Raul Esparza.As previously reported, there was much speculation over whether or not Lady Day would even be deemed a play by the Tony Administration Committee. Both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League put the show in the musical category this season.McDonald has previously won Tony Awards for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel. Her additional Broadway credits include 110 in the Shade, Henry IV Marie Christine, and The Secret Garden. On screen, McDonald has appeared in Private Practice, Annie and Wit.Congratulations, Ms. McDonald! We can’t wait to hear which random place you’ll store this trophy in Eggfartopia. View Comments Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grilllast_img read more

Lions roar to worsen woes of Kohli’s RCB

first_imgGUJARAT Lions breathed life into their Indian Premier League(IPL) campaign with a dominant seven-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, whose dire season continued on Thursday.Put in to bat at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, last year’s beaten finalists were all out for 134, leaving the visiting Lions with a simple task to chase down the total.The departure of Gujarat openers Ishan Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) offered the hosts some hope, with the loss of the big-hitting New Zealander, caught by AB de Villiers off Samuel Badree at long-on, particularly encouraging.Aaron Finch, though, promptly took control of the contest, racing to a match-winning 72 off 34 deliveries, including five boundaries and six maximums.Pawan Negi eventually dislodged the Australian, but the damage was already done, as unbeaten captain Suresh Raina (34 not out) was joined by Ravindra Jadeja (2no) to finish the job with a luxurious 37 balls remaining.The result means the Lions can still harbour realistic hopes of forcing their way into the top four, but the lacklustre challenge of RCB, second bottom in the standings, is now all but over.Earlier, after a tentative start, the home side suffered a trio of near fatal blows, losing Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Travis Head in the space of five balls.Skipper Kohli was the first to depart, a poor shot picking out Finch at short fine leg off Basil Thampi’s unremarkable delivery to see the star India batsman return to the pavilion for just 10.Gayle (8) followed swiftly, edging Andrew Tye’s superb line and length ball to Dinesh Karthik. The impressive Tye (3-12) repeated the feat with his next delivery to get Head out for a duck.Kedar Jadhav (31) undid some good work with an ill-advised late cut attempt off an arrow-straight ball from Jadeja (2-28).And when remaining specialist De Villiers (5) was run out after a mix-up with Mandeep Singh, RCB’s fate was effectively sealed.The only other real resistance was offered, temporarily, by Negi (32) but, after hitting a crowd-pleasing six, a second successive Ankit Soni (1-28) googly proved too tempting, the debutant earning his first T20 wicket thanks to a Thampi catch at deep midwicket.(Omnisport)last_img read more