Cycleway improvement works progress on schedule at Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port

13 January 2020

Construction work is progressing on schedule at Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port, where a new cycle route will make cycling and walking more accessible in the area.

Cheshire West and Chester Council's scheme is creating 4.2km of new shared cyclist and pedestrian space along Sutton Way Boulevard between the A41/Green Lane and Whitby Road/Stanney Lane. 

The works include upgrading controlled pedestrian and cycle crossings to toucan crossings as well as the planting of new trees and improved replacement hedgerows promoting a greener, more wildlife-friendly roadside environment.

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “Feedback from our engagement events with local residents highlighted the need to remove the existing tall hawthorn hedgerows, and replant with a new smaller hedgerow species to encourage ecology (for example bird nesting) while removing future hawthorn hedge trimmings that caused punctures to cyclists. 

“The new improved hedgerows will directly address the issues raised in the consultation, such as anti-social behaviour and crime, and improve the feeling of safety, for those using the corridor. The new hedge lines will be supported by fencing, allowing time for the hedgerow planting to fully grow and establish a similar landscape character.”

Detailed plans showing all improvements and changes are now on display at Civic Way Library.  

In addition a Council Locality officer will have a copy on display and can answer questions in the old Rent Office in Tarporley Road on the following days:
  • Tuesday 14 January – 10am to 2pm
  • Wednesday 15 January – 2pm to5pm​​​​​​​
  • Thursday 16 January – 4pm to 7pm
The scheme value is £822,000, consisting of £541,000 of funding secured from the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund and £281,000 from developer contributions.  It is expected to be complete by late spring 2020.

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