Cheshire East Council starts consultation on new active travel routes

Cheshire East Council has started a public consultation on its latest proposals to boost cycling and walking in the borough.

The council wants to hear residents views on proposals for two new active travel projects – Manchester Road in Wilmslow and Handforth and Manchester Road in Tytherington. These two schemes secured the most support during the first round of consultation.

The schemes should encourage more people to cycle and walk to help tackle climate change, obesity and improve access to our town centres, workplaces and schools. 

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and chair of its highways and transport committee, said: “This latest consultation is important for shaping the next active travel schemes in the borough.

“We know that people’s travel behaviour has changed during the pandemic – and Cheshire East Council wants to lock-in and extend the benefits of more walking and cycling.

“I encourage people to engage with the online consultation and take just a few minutes to share their views on the proposals. Public feedback will help us get the proposals right. 

“We will continue to work with our town and parish councils, local communities and stakeholders to develop and refine proposals before anything is built.” 

The proposals for Manchester Road, Wilmslow and Handforth have been revised and developed following feedback from consultation last year. It will provide a connection with the walking and cycling route between Wilmslow railway station and Alderley Road and proposes a reduced speed limit, said the council.

The proposals aim to tackle issues such as vehicles parking on the footway and cycle lanes along Manchester Road, provide safe integration between cycle facilities and bus stops, protect access to properties and improve pedestrian crossing points.

The proposals for Manchester Road, Tytherington will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians by upgrading the current advisory cycle lanes, restricting parking on a section of the road and improving crossing points on side roads, including Badger Road and Bluebell Lane.

Subject to the outcomes of consultation, the schemes are expected to be delivered in summer 2022. 

The budget for these proposals is available since the council secured £588,000 of Department for Transport funding for a second phase of active travel projects. The schemes will provide key parts of our longer-term plans for walking and cycling networks as set out in our local walking and cycling improvement plans.

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