WORK is about to begin on an essential new hyperlink within the Warrington cycle community – the Chester Highway to city centre cycle method.
The undertaking will present a brand new 1.4km cycle-friendly route linking three key bridges on the River Mersey. It’ll run between the brand new Centre Park Hyperlink bridge, the blue bridge into Centre Park, and throughout Knutsford Highway bridge at Bridgefoot, earlier than linking into decrease Bridge Road within the city centre.
It’s being funded utilizing a mix of ring fenced grant from the federal government by means of the Native Development Fund and council borrowing.
The southern a part of the scheme will contain a widened path on the western facet of Chester Highway as much as Brian Bevan Island subsequent to the Mersey. The brand new path can be tarmacked to a excessive customary and all road furnishings together with road indicators, bus stops and seats can be changed or upgraded. As well as, a brand new fence can be erected alongside the scheme boundary in entrance of the prevailing previous and broken metallic fencing.
The center a part of the scheme northwards alongside Wilderspool Causeway and Knutsford Highway bridge will utilise the prevailing broad pavement on the west facet and this can be enhanced and clearly signed for shared use with new, improved crossing services offered.
The northern a part of the scheme will contain the creation of more room on the signalised crossing of Wilson Patten Road on the Bridgefoot junction. This crossing was narrowed on a brief foundation in 2020 to learn pedestrians and took benefit of the lowered visitors ranges throughout the Covid-19 restrictions.
This crossing kinds a part of the package deal of short-term city centre measures delivered by the council utilizing authorities Lively Journey funds and proved standard with pedestrians and cyclists. The ultimate improved crossing will formalise the short-term association. It’ll additionally profit from lowered volumes of visitors utilizing Bridgefoot, because of the brand new Centre Park Hyperlink.
Warrington Borough Council’s cupboard member for transportation, highways and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, mentioned: “I’m actually happy that we’re rolling out one other important piece of biking infrastructure to help our Native Transport Plan ambitions.
“This improved path can be obtainable to be used by cyclists and pedestrians, and is designed to fulfill the wants for folks with disabilities. The general intention of the undertaking is to assist folks journey sustainably, healthily and safely.”
A undertaking webpage has been arrange at warrington.gov.uk/chesterrdcycleway the place common updates on the undertaking can be obtainable.