Getting ready to make Walking Day a success
Warrington Borough Council is asking everyone to play their part in the safe and smooth running of Walking Day 2017.
This year’s event takes place on Friday 30 June and organisers are gearing up for what is always one of the most popular, vibrant and exciting days in Warrington’s calendar.
People are being urged to book their prime seat for Warrington’s popular, historic occasion. Tickets are now available at warrington.gov.uk/walkingday, at just £1 per person - with all proceeds donated to the Mayor’s charity appeal. Seats, outside the Town Hall gates, are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
And to mark Warrington’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021, for the first time ever, the event will receive the ‘Facebook Live’ treatment. You can visit the Facebook pages of Warrington Borough Council and Warrington 2021 to see a live stream of the event as it unfolds.
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for leisure, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “Walking Day is a major highlight in our cultural calendar, bringing thousands of people of all ages to our town centre to take part in a very special day which celebrates all that is great about Warrington.
“One of the key ways we are able to make sure it is a success is through the co-operation of local residents, businesses and motorists. Please make sure you are aware of which roads are closed during the event and ensure you avoid them. In that way, you can play your part in ensuring a safe, smooth and enjoyable Walking Day for everyone.”
The council is advising residents and businesses that vehicle access to the town centre will be severely restricted and road closures will be strictly enforced.
There will be zero tolerance to vehicles travelling on any of the closed roads – with the exception of a clear emergency. Once the roads close, any vehicles will have to take an alternative route. The inner town centre will effectively be closed to all traffic from 7.30am until approximately 1pm.
The procession will leave Warrington Town Hall lawn at 10.30am and follow Sankey Street, Arpley Street, Museum Street, St Austin’s Lane and Friars Gate. It will then turn right into Bridge Street to U-turn near Bridge Foot, before returning up Bridge Street to Market Gate and Horsemarket Street.
Phase 1 - 7.30am
Closure of Sankey Street between Crosfield Street and Legh Street
Closure of Winmarleigh Street between Sankey Street and Museum Street
Phase 2 - 8am
Closure of remaining streets within the Town Centre apart from those covered under phase 3
Phase 3 - 9am
Closure of Dial Street, Buttermarket Street, Academy Street and Academy Way
There are also four procession routes into the town centre. Rolling road closures will be applied to allow for the safe passages of the churches into and out of the town centre before and after the main walk.
Route 1 - 9am, closure of Church Street
Route 2 - 9am, closure of the outbound section of Knutsford Road from Grange Avenue, Latchford to Bridge Foot and across Bridge Foot into Bridge Street
Route 3 - 9.30am, closure of Rhodes Street, Orford Lane, Pinners Brow, Tanners Lane, Midland Way, Legh Street and Bath Street
Route 4 - 10am, closure of Sankey Way and Liverpool Road (inbound only)
Access to the town centre will fully re-open at 1pm. Anyone expecting a delivery may wish to re-schedule, as access will not be granted during this time.
The multi-storey car park at Golden Square will still be accessible all day via Midland Way.Access will be maintained to both railway stations with diversion routes sign posted. However, please expect delays when travelling into the stations.