Active Travel - walking and cycling

“The government expects local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. Such changes will help embed altered behaviours and demonstrate the positive effects of active travel. I’m pleased to see that many authorities have already begun to do this, and I urge you all to consider how you can begin to make use of the tools in this guidance, to make sure you do what is necessary to ensure transport networks support recovery from the COVID-19 emergency and provide a lasting legacy of greener, safer transport.”

Grant Shapps - Secretary of State for Transport

Eight new schemes will come into effect in August 2020 as a first phase to improve routes to schools and workplaces, boost social distancing, encourage walking and cycling and improve our town centre environments. Measures will also help to reserve capacity on public transport for those who really need it and should help to reduce congestion. Further schemes will be developed in further phases, following pledged government funding of £619,000.

The move follows recent submissions by town and parish councils and local members of more than 500 local ideas as to what measures may work in their towns and villages.

The first eight active travel schemes, totalling investment of £155,000, will be located at:

  • Coronation Street, Crewe - Following feedback received this scheme is currently under review
  • Crewe town centre
  • Congleton town centre
  • Macclesfield town centre
  • Ivy Road, Macclesfield - Following feedback received this scheme is currently under review
  • Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow - Following feedback received this scheme is currently under review
  • Old Middlewich Road, Sandbach
  • Lodge Road, Alsager

Following feedback received the scheme for Ladies Mile, Knutsford,  has been withdrawn

Tranche 1 schemes

Crewe

Coronation Street, Crewe, near Sir William Stanier School – 20mph zone and through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians.

This will support quieter streets at school and for school journeys by reducing through traffic and speeds. The local neighbourhood will also be quieter, improving the local environment for residents.

Update 20/08/2020 - Scheme under review - await further details

Crewe town centre – improved access for cycles

This will provide North - South and East - West linkages for cyclists which are currently problematic. There will also be improved access to the town centre from the UTC.

Provide feedback on Crewe schemes at https://creweactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Congleton

Congleton town centre – improved access for cycles

This will provide an east-west link that is currently severed and improve connectivity with the town centre.

Provide feedback on Congleton schemes at https://congletonactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Macclesfield

Macclesfield town centre – improved access for cycles

This will provide North - South and East - West linkages for cyclists which are currently problematic and improves connectivity with the railway station.

Ivy Road, Macclesfield – through traffic restricted to buses, cyclists and pedestrians

This will restrict through traffic and calm traffic speeds to improve walking and cycling journeys to Macclesfield College and other schools in the local area. It will also create an improved local environment for residents.

Update 20/08/2020 - Scheme under review - await further details

Provide feedback on Macclesfield schemes at https://macclesfieldactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Wilmslow

Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow – through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians

This will create a low traffic neighbourhood by stopping through traffic except pedestrians and cyclists. This would provide a key missing link between Wilmslow Town Centre / rail station and residential areas, Waters employment site and Manchester Airport.

Update 20/08/2020 - Scheme under review - await further details

Provide feedback on Wilmslow schemes at https://wilmslowactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Sandbach

Old Middlewich Road, Sandbach – 20mph zone and parking suspension;

This will create a cycle contraflow to improve cycle access to town centre. Enforcement of double yellow lines at the far western extent of Old Middlewich Road will be reviewed to improve compliance.

20 mph speed limits will create calmer streets in the vicinity of schools and the town centre and improves the local environment for residents.

Provide feedback on Sandbach schemes at https://sandbachactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Knutsford

Ladies Mile, Knutsford – Update 20/08/2020 - scheme withdrawn

Alsager

Lodge Road, Alsager – through traffic restricted to cyclists and pedestrians

Builds out effective footway for children accessing the school and improves safety where there is currently narrow footways and poor forward visibility.

Provide feedback on Alsager schemes at https://alsageractivetravel.commonplace.is/

Feedback

You can find out about the schemes and sign up for more information at https://cheshireeastactivetravel.commonplace.is/

Tranche 2 schemes

The council aims to develop a further series of projects, informed by discussions with town and parish councils and ward members, that will be delivered in coming weeks, including:

  • Pop-up cycle lanes, with protected spaces for cycling;
  • Measures to reduce rat-running in streets;
  • Improved walking and cycling routes to school;
  • Safer junctions, with the potential for bus and cycle-only corridors;
  • Implementing lower speed limits; and
  • Wider pavements, which also enables social distancing.

Schemes being considered as part of the second phase of active travel improvements to be constructed in the Autumn subject to the Council receiving  DfT funding includes:

  • Manchester Road between Wilmslow and Handforth
  • Vernon Way, Mill Street and Nantwich Road, Crewe
  • Black Lane, Manchester Road and Sunderland Street, Macclesfield
  • High Street, Sandbach
  • West Street and Mill Street, Congleton
  • Various streets on the Knutsford Revolution Cycle Route
  • London Road between Alderley Edge and Wilmslow
  • St Ann’s Road, Middlewich