Consultation closed: 19 February 2021
In July 2020, the government announced a second tranche of the Active Travel Fund to enable local authorities to implement an environment that is safer for both walking and cycling.
The Council secured funding to build a number of cycling improvements identified and supported as priorities in the Council’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). Two schemes were proposed in the Northwich area, and a third to improve links between Helsby and Frodsham.
What was consulted on
The consultation sought views and feedback on the proposed schemes from a broad range of stakeholders and the local community.
How the consultation was carried out
The consultation took place between 11 January and 19 February 2021 via an online survey. People were also able to respond by email, letter or telephone. To increase awareness locally, letters were sent to local residents who may be directly affected by the proposed schemes.
Consultation results and feedback
Based on resident and stakeholder feedback received, the A56 Helsby/Frodsham scheme has been identified as a priority for delivery through the active travel funding allocation for 2021/22, with the A559 Chester Way Northwich and B5153 Northwich Road Weaverham schemes currently scheduled for delivery during 2022/23; subject to successful Active Travel bid to the Department for Transport. Feedback has also been used by the local highway engineers to inform the scheme’s design, where practical and affordable to do so. More information can be found in the consultation report below.
About the schemes
Scheme one - Chester Road, Helsby
The proposed footway/ cycle improvements on the A56 Chester Road, Helsby, start to the west of Godscroft Lane with the introduction of a proposed pedestrian / cycle crossing (Toucan Crossing) and continues up to the railway bridge. Over these extents, it is proposed to introduce the following specific measures:
- From Godscroft Lane to Kings Church entrance – on the north western side of the A56, there will be a one direction, on carriageway, cycle facility protected from the adjacent traffic by a physical kerbed barrier. The existing footway is to be maintained for pedestrians. On the north eastern side, there will be a shared use footway / cycleway (pedestrian and cycle path).
- From the Kings Church entrance to B5393 Tarvin Road junction – There will be a cycle track on both side of the A56 which will be protected from the adjacent traffic by a physical kerbed barrier. The existing footway is to be maintained on the north western side of the A56 over these extents. The existing layby to north of Kings Church is to be remodelled to accommodate pedestrian / cycle facility.
- From the junction of the B5393 Tarvin Road to Matty's Lane junction – on the north west side of the A56 up to Matty's Lane, there will be a one direction, on carriageway, cycle facility protected from the adjacent traffic by a physical kerbed barrier. Existing footway to be maintained for pedestrians. On the north eastern side, there will be a shared use footway / cycleway (pedestrian and cycle path) up to Matty's Lane.
- From Matty's Lane junction, continuing north to Carriage Drive – on the north east side of the A56 there will be a shared use footway/ cycleway facility up to the Carriage Drive junction. The existing bus shelter on north eastern side of the A56 will be upgraded to accommodate the shared footway / cycle track. The north western existing footway is to be maintained for pedestrians.
- From Dig Lane to the railway bridge – it is proposed to widen the north western footway over these extents. The existing pedestrian crossing (Puffin) is to be retained.
- There will be coloured surfacing across the junctions with Woodhouses Lane, Woodhouses Park and Kings Church.
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Scheme two - A559 Chester Way, Northwich
The proposed footway / cycle improvements on A559 Chester Way, Northwich, start to the east of Crum Hill via a dropped kerb, and continues to run along the western side of A559 Chester Way, up until it reaches the existing pedestrian / cycle crossing (Toucan) prior to Station Road. Over these extents, it is proposed to introduce the following specific measures:
- Existing footway on northern side to be converted to shared footway / cycleway.
- Coloured surfacing across the junctions with Meadow Street, both entrances to Chester Way Retail Park and Church Road.
- At Venables Road, the existing traffic signals will be upgraded to include a dedicated pedestrian / cycle facility.
- The bus stop and shelter located between Crum Hill and Meadow Street is to improved.
- Vegetation between Meadow Street and Venables Road is to be cut back.
- The Meadow Street junction and the eastern entrance to Chester Way Retail Park and pedestrian refuge, are to be remodelled to include improved crossing facilities.
- Existing pedestrian guardrail on eastern footway of A599 Chester Way, from Station Road to the gyratory is to be removed to accommodate a shared pedestrian / cycleway.
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Scheme three - B5153 Northwich Road, Weaverham
The proposed footway / cycle improvements on B5153 Northwich Road, Weaverham starts outside Weaverham Primary Academy and runs south east to the exit from Grange playing fields. Over these extents, it is proposed to introduce the following specific measures:
- From Weaverham Primary Academy to Keepers Lane – on the north eastern side there will be an off carriageway segregated footway and cycle track.
- Along Keeper's Lane on the north eastern side up to the primary school entrance there will be a shared footway / cycle way. Waiting restrictions over these extents will be introduced to prevent parking on the proposed facility.
- From Keeper's Lane to the exit from Grange playing fields – on the north eastern side there will be a shared use footway / cycleway.
- There will be coloured surfacing across the junctions with Forster Avenue, Wood Lane and Keepers Lane.
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