Northwich Transport Strategy
22 September 2017Have your say on the new transport strategy for Northwich, by giving your views on how the town can improve transport links. The strategy is being developed to address current traffic congestion issues and support the future housing and regeneration plans for the town and wider urban area. The plans and proposals will be included in a public consultation from September 25 for 12 weeks.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has already had discussions with local groups including the Mid-Cheshire Development Board, the Northwich and Gadbrook Park Business Improvement District groups, the emergency services, local transport providers and representatives from the education and health sectors. In addition, a detailed evidence base has been prepared to help identify the many issues and opportunities that need to be addressed by the study.
The majority of commuter trips within Northwich are made by car leading to localised congestion problems in and around the town. Particular problems occur on the A556 around the Gadbrook Business Park junction, the A533 (with the swing bridge linking Winnington to Barnton a known congestion pinch point) and the town centre gyratory.
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure said: “Northwich town centre is receiving over £130 million public and private sector investment, transforming the town’s role as a major retail and leisure destination.
“In addition to Barons Quay there has been a new marina, the Memorial Court leisure and entertainment centre and flood defence works. A series of local transport improvements have been introduced to aid traffic movements in the town centre. The town is also the focus of significant housing growth with over 4000 homes planned for the area.
“The success of the Transport Strategy relies on accurate information from residents and businesses to address the problems and provide solutions. Please take part in the consultation either completing the online survey or visit one of the drop in sessions.”
Another unique feature of Northwich is the concentration of ten schools and colleges. Only two of the schools have a local catchment area. The Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College also draws its students from a sizeable catchment area. This also adds to the traffic pressures along the A559 Hartford corridor during peak times.
Public drop-in sessions have been scheduled as part of the consultation to consider draft recommendations and proposals.
It is planned that the new Northwich Transport Strategy will be completed in spring 2018.