Background

The council’s Local Transport Plan (LTP) aims to make it easier and safer for children and adults to walk and cycle more so that they can use their car less. This will be better for everybody as it will achieve wider health and environmental benefits.

We have obtained funding from the government to deliver improvements at the junction of Bewsey Road and Lovely Lane. This will make it much more user-friendly for everyone, including those who walk and cycle.

We are running a consultation between Monday 21 November and Monday 19 December and we would like to hear what you think of the proposals.

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The junction of Lovely Lane, Bewsey Roas, Folly Lane and Lodge Lane
Where are we looking?

The Lovely Lane/Bewsey Road junction is an existing junction controlled by traffic lights, which is the crossroads of two key routes providing access to jobs, schools and leisure facilities.

The corridors surrounding the junction are key links on the council’s cycling and walking strategic neighbourhood route network as defined in the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

Why are we looking at this?

Our transport data and traffic modelling tells us that there is a clear need for active travel improvements at this location.

We know that cycling through this junction is difficult and at times dangerous. Junctions such as this are often where actual and perceived risk to cycle safety are highest. This can be a deterrent for people making short trips by bike, particularly for families and the less confident.

The existing road surface at the junction is in very poor condition. There is also a need to replace the traffic signals.

All of these things together provides us with an opportunity to deliver a single combined scheme. This would reduce disruption and provide better value for money.

What are we proposing?
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Drawing 1 -  Lovely Lane and Bewsey Road - November 2022

Work to improve the junction will include resurfacing of the full junction, repositioning of islands and street lighting columns as well as upgrading the traffic signals. The intention is to provide a Cycle Optimised Protected Signals junction.

Commonly known as ‘CYCLOPS’, this is a type of junction which separates people walking, cycling and wheeling from motorised traffic, reducing the risk of collisions or conflict between users.

How does a CYCLOPS junction work and what are the benefits?

The primary feature is an external orbital cycle track that circles the junction and protects people cycling from general traffic, allowing everyone to use it safely.

People cycling can make a right turn at the junction and complete the turn in one movement – removing the need to cross traffic lanes or make the turn in multiple crossing stages.

The traffic signals will operate as they do currently with separate stages for east/west & north/south traffic. The same number of traffic lanes will be retained.

The CYCLOPS layout have a number of benefits over other junction layouts, including:

  • Crossing times for people walking are shorter and closer to desire lines
  • Separation of people cycling from motor vehicles and from people walking
  • The signal phase for people walking and cycling can run at the same time
  • Optimises the overall junction performance for all modes.

Our traffic modelling has shown that there is little impact on the overall performance of the junction.

When are we looking to undertake the works?

We anticipate that works will start in Spring 2023 and be completed in Autumn 2023.

The council will be co-ordinating works and striving to minimise disruption to the traveling public. Local residents will be advised of any restriction to access.

How to have your say

You can respond to this by completing the online survey:

A drop in consultation event has been arranged for Monday 28 November at Whitecross Community Centre (Lexden Street, WA5 1PT).

You are welcome to call in at any time between 4pm and 7pm. The draft plans will be available to view, and members of the project team will be present to answer any questions.

If you have any questions about the scheme please get in touch activetravel@warrington.gov.uk