Investing in our walking and cycling routes

10 July 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council has secured £161,000 from the Department for Transport to help improve cycling and walking routes in the borough.

This follows the Government's announcement in May on the Emergency Active Travel Grant to help the country emerge from the coronavirus crisis. This first allocation of funding has been secured by Cheshire West and Chester Council to encourage more people to keep walking and cycling in a safe way, especially for short and local journeys.

Residents have already been sharing their views and suggestions as part of the 'Walk, Ride, Thrive' campaign, helping to shape improvements in communities.

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: "It's fantastic news to hear the funding has now been confirmed.

"During lockdown we have seen a dramatic fall in traffic volume and air pollution, whilst more and more people have adapted to more active travel, such as walking and cycling. We want to encourage this even further to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, whilst also supporting the ambition to become a carbon neutral borough by 2045.

"Thanks to all those residents who have been playing their part, putting forward suggestions for the Walk, Ride, Thrive initiative. We have received a considerable amount of feedback and are already making improvements in communities. Let's all try to shop local and travel sustainably."

Initial improvements include the widening of the footway over Grosvenor bridge in Chester, as well as cycle lanes being introduced along the A41 near Boughton and on part of the A54 in Winsford.  Both temporary and permanent measures are already happening across the borough, linking with the reopening of shops, restaurants, bars and businesses.

Cheshire West and Chester Council will be seeking to secure the second phase of funding over the coming weeks to support more permanent cycling and walking infrastructure in the borough. The improvement schemes will be guided by resident views on Walk, Ride, Thrive. Please continue to share your views and suggestions on what improvements you would like to see in your community to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

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