Central 6

Streets Plan

Following public feedback, we have taken the decision to pause and review the Low Traffic Neighbourhood proposal for Orford, whilst we seek further feedback from our communities. Read the full open letter.

We have been awarded funding through the government’s Active Travel Fund for the delivery of low traffic neighbourhoods within the Central 6 area.

We are looking to use this funding to build on the ‘Central 6 Regeneration Masterplan’ work undertaken in the last few years. This will aim to improve your local area by reducing traffic – this is known as the Central 6 Streets Plan.

Central 6 refers to the six inner wards closest to the town centre:

  • Orford
  • Poplars and Hulme
  • Fairfield and Howley
  • Latchford East
  • Latchford West
  • Bewsey and Whitecross

Why are we looking at this?

The engagement activities undertaken in 2018 for the central 6 regeneration masterplan told us that people want to see change in their neighbourhoods. ‘Better, cleaner and safer environment’ was chosen as the top priority. This feedback was supplemented and confirmed by the first online survey and public engagement events for the central 6 streets plan, held in November 2021.

The central 6 streets plan will have to deliver this by reducing vehicle traffic and improving conditions for those walking, cycling and living along the streets.

What will the central 6 streets plan deliver?

The project aims to provide benefits across several key themes:

  • Better streets – nicer and more attractive places to live that encourage outdoor activity
  • Safer streets – slowing and reducing vehicle traffic to reduce the risk to people walking, cycling and socialising
  • Greener streets – tree, flower and shrub planting to improve the look and biodiversity
  • Cleaner streets – tidier environment with less litter and clutter
  • Cleaner air – improved air quality with reduced motor vehicle use
  • Inclusive streets – streets that function better for everyone to use and move around in
  • Healthier streets – streets that encourage and allow people to use active travel modes for everyday journeys
  • Streets for play – safer environments for children and younger people

Which areas are we looking at?

The central 6 streets plan will initially focus on two neighbourhoods: Orford (within Fairfield & Howley and Orford wards) and Westy (within Latchford East ward). Previous local feedback through the ‘Central 6 Regeneration Masterplan’ raised concerns around road safety, air pollution and the quality of streets within these areas.

This initial set of interventions does not rule out investment in other areas in the future – we expect these pilot projects will develop into a programme of similar measures attracting further investment from government to support the transformation of local communities.

Orford plan

The plan shows several ‘modal filter’ locations across the Orford area. Modal filters are effectively point-closures that restrict vehicular traffic from accessing a particular street. They are proposed to be located at:

  • South Avenue south of the junction with Alder Lane
  • Mortimer Avenue, south of the junction with Alder Lane
  • Central Avenue, south of the junction with Alder Lane
  • Hale Street, south of the junction with Ireland Street, and north of the junction with Shaw’s Avenue
  • Alder Lane, at the formal rail overbridge area
  • Fitzherbert Street, at the junction with Orford Avenue

Access to the area around St Ann’s Primary School will be maintained from Alder Lane, Dorothea Street, Hale Street and Ireland Street.

The plan also shows a Bus & Taxi Only Gate located on Hallfields Road, between Withers Avenue and Norris Street. This will mean that the area around Withers Avenue, Smith Drive, Hallows Avenue and Hallfields Road is only accessible by private vehicles from Long Lane or Orford Road.

The area around Orford Ave, O’Leary Street, Norris Street and Gorsey Lane will only be accessible by private vehicles from Marsh House Lane.

Westy plan

The plan shows several ‘modal filter’ locations across the Orford area. Modal filters are effectively point-closures that restrict vehicular traffic from accessing a particular street. They are proposed to be located at:

  • Grange Ave, south of the junction with Westy Lane
  • Griffiths Street, south of the junction with Westy Lane
  • Griffiths Street, south of the junction with Broadbent Avenue
  • Reynolds Street, east of the junction with Tinsley Street

Access to the area around St Augustine’s Primary School will be maintained from Lindley Ave, Hensall Ave and Broadbent Ave. The one-way restriction on Broadbent Ave will be reversed (to be westbound), to aid access to this area.

Access to the area around Alderman Bolton Community Primary School will be maintained from Grange Ave, Reynolds St and Longdin Street.

Previous consultations

We held public consultations in November and December 2021, the content of each event is available in the two PDF files:

A report of the feedback and findings from the consultation events and surveys:

Previous online events

Two online information sessions were held for Orford & Westy, on 11 November and 2 December 2021. Further information about these past events is in the PDF documents.

How can I provide feedback once the scheme goes live?  

The scheme in Westy is now live and we will be monitoring the impact of the changes closely and gathering feedback during the trial to understand how it is working.

Ongoing Public Feedback

Following an initial period, a comprehensive engagement process will be carried out with local residents and businesses. This will include a detailed survey process, to help us gauge the level of support and changes in the local environment.  Further information on this will be provided in the coming weeks.

The evidence and feedback collected will be used in parallel with any formal representations to inform a decision as to whether the scheme will be made permanent or not.

Formal Representations

If you wish to make a formal representation on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) you should email or write to us using the contact details below.

Further details can be found online at warrington.gov.uk/permanent-traffic-regulation-orders. In your representation, please provide your name and address and state clearly and concisely state your support or objection for the scheme alongside any evidence or reasoning for your position. 

Email: WestyCentral6TrafficScheme@warrington.gov.uk

Post: LTN Trial, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1UH

General Enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact eatf@warrington.gov.uk  or write to us at

Central 6 Streets Plan

Transport for Warrington

East Annexe, Town Hall

Sankey Street

Warrington

WA1 1UH

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