Work set to begin on Wilmslow's £1m walking and cycling scheme

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Cheshire East Council is to start work in the new year on a £1m walking and cycling scheme in Wilmslow.

The 2km joint walking and cycling route will run from Wilmslow railway station to the A34 bypass and is designed to improve links to education sites, including Wilmslow High School, as well as business hubs at the Royal London site and Alderley Park.

Work is due to start on Monday, 4th January, the project is expected to take 12 weeks to complete and during construction a series of road closures will be required.

The scheme includes:

● Footway widening to provide a shared pedestrian and cycle path along Alderley Road, near the Royal London campus;

● The existing pedestrian crossing outside the rail station will be upgraded to provide a new toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists;

● A signed on-road cycle route will run between the leisure centre and Alderley Road, near Wilmslow High School;

● Resurfacing work will take place on sections of Alderley Road and Station Road alongside additional maintenance work, such as minor drainage improvements, to take advantage of the closures.

The intention is to maintain access to business and residential properties at all times. Signed diversions will be in place during the road closures and diversion routes can also be found online

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "This scheme will provide major improvements for sustainable transport on these key routes in Wilmslow, benefitting local families, businesses and visitors to the town. The work will really help improve access to and from the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists, providing opportunities for healthier living lifestyles through physical activity.

"We thank members of the public in advance for their patience and ask them to allow extra time for their journeys."

Councillor Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council's walking and cycling champion, said: "This is great news for local residents and visitors and a fantastic step for Wilmslow to help reduce our carbon footprint and improve air quality.

"There are significant long-term benefits to our health and environment by taking up daily active travel and there has never been a better time to walk or cycle – especially for shorter journeys – and establish greener habits.

"Walking and cycling not only help reduce congestion and improve air quality but also help communities to tackle the threat posed by the climate change emergency."

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) provided £900,000 of the funding for the walking and cycling scheme, with £100,000 funded by the council.

CWLEP chair Clare Hayward said: "It's exciting to see this project come to life – one of eight sustainable travel schemes in the region we've funded from the Local Growth Fund. To date, we have invested a total of £5m, which will see a total of 24km of new cycle ways created, helping to link communities and businesses and giving people a healthy, viable alternative to car use."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

James MacDonald
Monday 21st December 2020 at 8:01 pm
Shared pedestrian and cycle paths never work. Many pedestrians will walk aimlessly into the cycle lane whilst staring at their mobile phones. They are also designed for cyclists that are not confident on the road and the DoT do not recommend their use if a cyclist averages 17mph or above. Many motorists do not understand this and abuse cyclists that continue to legally use the road.
Audrey Youngman
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 6:30 pm
£75,000.00p to aid businesses and one million pound cycle scheme. Get real. Businesses are far more important than providing a cycle lane.
Simon Rodrigues
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 8:07 pm
Not a great combination cyclists and pedestrians will it benefit Wilmslow no waste of money yes. Investing in local business updating our streets and making it the town centre it deserves to be yes. 1 million in something that I very much doubt will help the local area.
Diane Holcroft
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 9:29 pm
Yes, it's tricky for cyclists and pedestrians to share cycle paths (especially when people are staring down at their phones, I agree. )
Doing so can cause various other kinds of accidents obviously and I think people should be ticketed for doing that.
I'd love to see something for all mobile phones that disables usage when someone is not stationary.
This might also help when using a phone while driving. If you are a passenger then you also can't use it but so what? We've survived for decades without them and even without home phones at one time.

I think the walking/cycling path is a great idea and I think this concept should be expanded so there is a connection to other places, towns, cities so we can get back to walking and cycling like past generations always did.

Meanwhile if you are cycling and approaching pedestrians just ring your bell loudly!