Background

We've been successful in obtaining funding to upgrade part of the Trans Pennine Trail between Whitbarrow Road and Reddish Crescent in Lymm.

The funding is being provided by Sustrans, a walking and cycling charity who obtained the funding from the government. This funding must be spent by March 2022 and a bid for funding for other sections of the TPT is in hand for delivery in later years. The plan below shows the sections to be upgraded along with the other sections which the council is seeking funding for. Though not shown on the plan, the section of the TPT between Camsley Lane and Bradshaw Lane is also the subject of funding bids.

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TPT

Scheme description

This section of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) was last upgraded in 1989 when a red shale path was constructed. Over the years the surface has deteriorated, so that it becomes very muddy following rain, rendering it impassable for most users. In addition the path has become overgrown, where trees and shrubs have grown up close to the path reducing its width. There are several old A frame barriers which restrict the use of the TPT for many people, who are unable to get through them. It's a condition of the grant funding from Sustrans that the existing A frame barriers must be replaced by Equality Act compliant access controls. 

The aim of the project is to provide a 3.0m wide all weather surface which will allow for all year round use. As well as pedestrians and cyclists, the new path will allow easier access for people in wheelchairs, mobility scooters and families using pushchairs and prams. The advice from Sustrans is that the most suitable surface treatment for the main path will be tarmac as this is shown to be durable, weather proof and require minimal future maintenance. It would also allow the scheme accessibility objectives to be met.  

Better provision for horse riders will be provided including a separate trotting lane where space permits.  

The proposed programme

Low level clearances of vegetation took place at the end of September. This clearance allowed several investigative surveys to be carried out including ecology, arboricultural and topographic surveys. Trial holes will be undertaken in the week beginning 29 November to check on ground conditions. In addition, an assessment will be made of any local drainage issues.  

The proposed preliminary designs for the scheme can be viewed as follows: (provide link to relevant files – to be provided before 24/11/21)

  • Plans of the routes
  • Typical cross sections
  • Typical treatment of the access barriers

The detailed design will take place in December, with the aim of the works starting early in the New Year. It's likely that the TPT will need to be closed for the duration of the works, at which point, we'll publicise a diversion route for each section that we work on. 

Any updates to the works programme will be published on this web page, as well as being promoted via social media and via posters on the route. Lymm Parish Council and local ward members have been briefed on the project. 

Public consultation

A public consultation exercise will take place between 24 November and 12 December. This offers people the opportunity to comment on the aims of the scheme and the preliminary design posted on this webpage.

Letters have been sent to over 3,500 households in the Lymm area and a press release and social media messages have been issued.

A consultation event has been arranged on Wednesday 1 December at Lymm Village Hall. You can drop in at any time between the hours of 4pm and 7pm. Plans and drawings will be available to view and members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Online Survey

To help you give us your views on this project we are conducting an online survey. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all responses will be treated confidentially

Complete the online survey now

COVID-19

We will make every reasonable effort to ensure the drop in event is run in a safe, well-ventilated environment. All attendees to the event are encouraged to check and follow the most up-to-date government guidance at that time.

Please consider wearing a face covering at the events if you would be more comfortable, and before attending please also consider taking a symptom-free lateral flow test, so that you do not unknowingly pass the virus to others.  If you or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19 in the lead up to the event, however mild, you must not attend the in-person sessions. Please keep safe, look after each other and we look forward to meeting you.

Contact us

Please forward any enquiries on this project to our active travel mailbox - activetravel@warrington.gov.uk, or ring 01925 443322 and ask for a member of our active travel team.