Revamped roads for safer, healthier streets in Bebington

Two new cycle lanes and a major revamp of roads and parks could be coming to Bebington.

The changes are part of a major project called By Ours Bebington that is currently being carried out by cycling charity Sustrans in partnership with Wirral Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

It is being funded through the Freshfield Foundation and is one of two community projects in the Liverpool City Region “working with residents, businesses and schools to create safer, healthier and more attractive streets for everyone.”

So far a major consultation has been carried out with letters delivered to around 3,000 addresses both in Higher Bebington where the changes could take place but also to some people that may be affected in the surrounding area.

The current proposals are based on the feedback received from businesses, schools, and local residents about how they want the town to look in the future with improved walking routes, school parking facilities, school street schemes, and low traffic neighbourhoods.

Paul Riley, the Sustrans project officer for By Ours Bebington, said, “This vision for Bebington’s new-look streets was led by local people from the start and was created in direct response to what residents, business and schools told us were issues on their streets.

“Our urban designers created a design which will help to make the streets cleaner, safer, and more pleasant places for people. It includes practical suggestions on the streets for a safer walking and cycling network, as well as cleaner, green spaces and places to sit and rest.”

Sustrans said it had made some changes to previous proposals after public feedback from 825 people and welcomed more with its latest survey of public opinion.

These new plans include new bins and better street lighting after litter and safety issues were brought up. New planters and greenery as well as new benches were also requested.

People wanted to see less pavement parking, slower cars, roads made safer for cyclists, and more crossings. The top issues were litter and safety on the road both for walkers and cyclists as well as calling for parking restrictions near schools.

The proposed plans include cycle lanes on Teehey Lane towards Prenton and Old Chester Road to Bebington station. New cycle and walking paths are also proposed to increase access to the Higher Bebington Recreation Ground.

School street schemes which would see roads temporarily closed to traffic at peak times are also proposed outside Brackenwood Infant School and Junior School and St Andrews CofE Primary, and pavements widened outside other schools. Two car parks at The Oval and Barlow Avenue could also be used for parents going to school.

Following the latest consultation, any designs will be revised before going to Wirral Council’s environment and transport committee to look at getting funding to see the plans become reality.

Cllr Liz Grey, Wirral Council’s environment and transport committee chair, said, “Consultation has been at the heart of this project to create a design for making Bebington’s streets safer and more pleasant for everyone” and urged the public to help “make this area in Bebington an even more special place to live, work and travel around.”

A link to the draft designs can be found here  and a link to the ongoing survey  can be found here. It will close on 30 July.

Image: Bebington councillor Ed Lamb has supported the project. Credit: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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