In 2019, we were successful in obtaining designated resources from the government through the Local Growth Fund. Receiving this funding will enable us to deliver some of the cycling and walking schemes within our Local Transport Plan. One of the priority schemes in our Local Transport Plan is the Chester Road cycleway project.  

We've designed this scheme to provide an improved route between the junction with the Centre Park Link and Lower Bridge Street in the town centre. The project will benefit people walking, cycling, using mobility scooters, wheelchairs and will help people travel sustainably, healthily and safely.

Chester Road cycleway plan

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Chester Road cycelway

Scheme description

The southern part of the scheme will involve a widened path on the western side of Chester Road up to the Brian Bevan Island next to the River Mersey. 

Our contractors will tarmac this new path to a high standard. At the same time, we'll ensure that all street furniture, including street signs, bus stops, and seats, will be replaced or upgraded. Additionally, we'll erect a new fence along the scheme boundary in front of the existing old and damaged metal fencing. There'll be no impact on the streetscape, parking or pavement on the eastern side of Chester Road. Most of the works will be off the highway on the western side of the road.

So that we can widen the path, we'll have to remove a small number of trees. Currently, there are 129 semi-mature trees along the route, the majority of which we'll retain due to their importance to the Chester Road environment. However, to facilitate the scheme, we'll need to remove around ten trees, of which seven are diseased. In agreement with our Tree and Woodland Officer, every tree removed will be replaced by two new specimen trees to be planted either along the route or in nearby locations. 

The middle part of the scheme northwards along Wilderspool Causeway and Knutsford Road bridge will utilise the existing path on the west side. We'll enhance this section, ensuring it's clearly signed for shared use purposes.  

The northern part of the scheme will involve the creation of more space at the signal crossing on Wilson Patten Street at the Bridgfoot junction -  we narrowed this crossing temporarily after our Transport Restart programme in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The final improved crossing will make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross at this point.

Full plans

Programme

The scheme is scheduled to start on site in February 2021 and complete in late Spring 2021.

Feedback

Please send any comments on this scheme to Activetravel@warrington.gov.uk, or ring 01925 443322 quoting Chester Road cycleway.

The closing date for all comments is Monday 21 December 2020.