Works start to install off-road walking and cycle path on New Chester Road

This week, work starts to install an off-road walking and cycle path to make it easier to access Wirral International Business and Croft Retail Park by foot or bike.

The project, A41 Eastham cycleway, will involve installing 1.5km of off-road walking and cycling infrastructure as well as improvements to the crossing facilities along New Chester Road between Eastham Village Road and junction 5 of the M53 Motorway.

The site of part of the A41 cycleway. Image Credit: Wirral Council.

Works have started to prepare the area and lane closures will be in place from this week (w/c Monday 11 January).

To carry out the works needed, traffic management will be in place for the duration of the project and will involve southbound lane closures along New Chester Road and scheduled overnight road closures to side roads. All works will be scheduled, where possible, to reduce the impact on residents in the surrounding area and those using the route for essential travel.

Traffic management will be in place on New Chester Road until end of March 2021, when the project is scheduled for completion.

Once complete, these improvements will make it safer and easier for residents who want to travel sustainably around this area.

The site of part of the A41 cycleway. Image Credit: Wirral Council.

Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee at Wirral Council, said, “These new measures will link up existing infrastructure making it easier and safer for people to travel by foot or bike.

“I hope these developments will encourage more people to embrace a more sustainable and green lifestyle by feeling confident to choose cycling and walking instead of driving, especially those living in the area who want to travel to the local facilities and services.”

The £820,000 project is being funded by the Wirral Sustainable Transport Enhancements Programme Package (STEP), from a total of £41.4 million allocated to the Liverpool City Region for Sustainable Transport improvements.

More information on the project can be found on the council’s website.

Main image credit: Cristiana Raluca

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