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Warrington residents are being invited to share their views on a number of schemes aimed at reducing town centre traffic and encouraging more people to walk and cycle.
In summer 2020, the council - as part of the Covid-19 response – introduced a number of measures to reduce the amount of through traffic and rat running and encourage walking and cycling, while maintaining vehicle access into the town centre.
The measures, funded by the Government’s Active Travel Fund, were introduced on either a temporary or experimental basis.
An initial consultation on the changes took place in December 2020, and, after receiving feedback from the public, some of the active travel measures were kept temporary, to enable ongoing monitoring of their effectiveness, while the following changes were made permanent:
Now, the council wants to hear the views of residents and business on proposals to make a number of other temporary measures in the town centre permanent. These are:
Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for highways, transportation and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “Our active travel programme is aimed at creating meaningful, quality improvements which focus on shifting the network away from vehicles, to cyclists and pedestrians. It’s about reducing congestion and harmful emissions and making the heart of our town a more attractive, thriving place.
“The measures we have introduced support our vision, through our Local Transport Plan to reduce high car dependency, and also form part of our Central 6 Masterplan, which aims to meet our communities’ desire for increased walking and cycling opportunities in a cleaner, greener, safer environment.”
“We believe the permanent changes we have made so far have had a really positive impact, promoting sustainable travel, improving our walking and cycling network and encouraging residents to make more of their journeys on foot and by bicycle.
“Now, we want to hear from everyone – from residents and businesses, to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – about our latest proposals to make more of our town centre measures permanent. If you would like to have your say, make sure you get involved in our consultation.”
To make comments and share your views about the proposed town centre schemes, please email email@example.com. The consultation ends on Friday 17th June.
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