The central section of Sankey Valley Park, between the rail viaduct (Seven Arches) and Bewsey Bridge, is one of our most popular routes for people walking and cycling.
Since it's a popular route, we undertake surveys at this location annually, which regularly exceed 2,000 people per day. The trail also has an incredible amount of potential to enable more active travel trips as, in many cases, it offers a much more direct and shorter journey than the equivalent route by car.
However, the current condition of the path in this area is poor and, in places, suffers various surfacing defects and drainage issues. From our survey's, there is also clear evidence that the path is too narrow to accommodate the high number of people wanting to use it.
Since we have recently obtained ring-fenced resources to deliver cycling and walking schemes within our Local Transport Plan, we now want to use some of this budget to upgrade a 500m section of path between the rail viaduct and Bewsey Bridge.