In 2019 we obtained ring-fenced resources from the government via their Local Growth Fund to deliver some of the cycling and walking schemes within our Local Transport Plan.

One of our priority schemes is the upgrade of part of the Trans Pennine Trail in Latchford, between Knutsford Road and Wilderspool Causeway - as shown on the plan below. 

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Trans Pennine Trail project upgrade

Scheme description

We designed the scheme to provide an improved route between Knutsford Road and Wilderspool Causeway with improved connections into nearby parks and residential areas. The project will provide a surface that is more weather resistant and harder wearing, benefiting people walking, cycling, using mobility scooters and wheelchairs. It will also aid people to travel sustainably, healthily and safely. Part of the scheme will also provide a new Toucan crossing at Knutsford road near the Swing bridge, allowing for better pedestrian, disabled and cycle access to Clearwater Quays and beyond.                                             

The works associated with the scheme are unlikely to impact on any residents who back onto the path. All of the improvements will be along the line of the existing route. We have had permission from Peel Ports Ltd to carry out the works where it occurs on their land. 

TPT temporary diversion

During the construction period, this section of the TPT will be closed for public safety. A diversion route has been agreed with the TPT office and is shown on the plan below.

Anyone travelling westbound from Thelwall New Road should pick up the diversion route on Greenbank Road.

Tree maintenance

There are several hundred trees along the route, the vast majority of which we will retain due to their importance to the TPT environment and nearby Black Bear Park. However, to facilitate the scheme and to prevent future root damage and leaf drop onto the new path, we'll need to remove around 50 trees. These will be of low value, some of which we've found to be diseased. We will be working with our Tree and Woodland officer to identify places where we can plant new specimen trees, either along the route or in nearby locations. So, despite removing some trees, there will be a net gain in the total number of trees in this area of Warrington.   

Programme

We've scheduled the programme of works to begin in January 2021 and hope to be finished by April 2021. 

If you have any enquiries or concerns regarding the scheme, please send them to Activetravel@warrington.gov.uk, or ring 01925 443322 quoting TPT upgrade scheme.