Warrington Borough Council has completed a project – funded by the Warrington Town Deal project - to upgrade part of the Trans Pennine Trail in west Latchford, between Wilderspool Causeway and Greenalls Avenue.
The existing route was narrow and in poor condition with a surface which was very muddy after rain. The completed scheme is now wider with a new Flexipave surface which is more weather resistant and harder wearing.
The upgraded path continues on from the improved section of the Trans Pennine Trail between Knutsford Road and Wilderspool Causeway and will benefit people walking, cycling, using mobility scooters and wheelchairs, helping people travel sustainably, healthily and safely.
As part of the works, the access from Wilderspool Causeway was also upgraded to improve the gateway onto the Trans Pennine Trail at this location.
Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for transportation, environment and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “The Trans Pennine Trail is a nationally important cycle route which passes through Warrington from Lymm to Fiddlers Ferry. Quite apart from bringing visitors into Warrington, this path is an important part of our wider cycle network and is regularly used by local people as part of their journeys to work, school, and shopping as well as being a popular leisure route.
“Bringing it up to modern standards with a good quality surface and removing the restrictive barriers means that many more people can use it, including those using wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
“This scheme continues the work we are doing to deliver the aspirational cycle network as defined in our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). We are very pleased that the Warrington Town Deal programme has funded this project as it forms a key part of the green ring of sustainable travel routes around the centre of Warrington.
“This project is also another fantastic example of the work we are doing to meet our climate change objectives and to make it easier for people to travel around the town using more environmentally friendly forms of travel. We will continue to seek funding to expand our cycle network so that local people have a viable and safer alternative to using the roads.”
Notes to editors
- The Warrington LCWIP is a government required strategy that underpins all of our investment into walking and cycling. It was published in December 2019.
- The Warrington Town Deal was approved by the government in February 2022 with an award of over £22.1 funding.
- The Trans Pennine Trail extends between the North Sea and Irish Sea and is also part of the National Cycle Network managed by the cycling and walking charity Sustrans.
- The project web page can be found at warrington.gov.uk/TPT-greenalls