Have your say on plans for new 2.1km walking and cycling route

Cycleway in Crewe

Cheshire East Council is to press ahead with two key walking and cycling routes – to encourage people to leave their cars on the drive and get healthier.

One route will be created in Wilmslow with the other in the Leighton area of Crewe.

In Wilmslow, the new 2.1km route will link the railway station with the town centre, Wilmslow High School, the Royal London campus and Alderley Park. Construction could begin as early as the autumn.

Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council's cabinet member for highways and waste, said: "Our ambition is to improve walking and cycling facilities across the borough by investing in high-quality infrastructure to provide safe and attractive routes connecting local amenities and places of work.

"Our 2017 cycling strategy sets a target to double the number of people cycling at least once per week by 2027. If there is one upside from the pandemic, it is that more people have taken up cycling, either to commute to work or for leisure."

Council deputy leader Councillor Craig Browne said: "As a council we recognise that traffic congestion and parking provision are significant issues in Wilmslow. One of the ways in which we are seeking to address both is by managing demand for car journeys.

"Where possible, we want to encourage residents and businesses to choose alternative modes of travel and this scheme is one of the ways in which we can make it safer for them to do that."

The consultation on the proposed Wilmslow walking and cycling route scheme is open until 24 July. To take part visit the council's website.

The council has set a budget of £2.8m for both schemes and has £1.6m in grant funding confirmed from Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership. Developer contributions and funding from the council will be required to meet the balance.

Discussions are taking place with some landowners and the council is hopeful of acquiring all the land required without the need to compulsorily purchase. A community consultation is ongoing for the Wilmslow scheme, while the A530 scheme in Crewe has already received positive feedback from a consultation carried out in 2019.

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Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 1:53 pm
We need more in Macclesfield area too.
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 8th July 2020 at 9:22 am
If the cycle-way is clearly separate from the road, as in the photo above, then there is a ggod chance it will be used.
If what is done is just a white line down the road, narrowing the road the cars can drive on, it won't work.
Which will it be?
Jean Wearne
Thursday 9th July 2020 at 2:20 pm
It would be great if Alderley Edge children could cycle to Wilmslow High School. I always felt that the Bypass between the Whitehall Roundabout and the school should have been designed with a cycle route.
Nicky Green
Thursday 9th July 2020 at 9:26 pm
Surely what’s need most is a safe cycle route be designated from Alderley to Wilmslow along Alderley Road - A34 - Piccolino - ALderley village/town..?

All good ideas, but I sense that commuters benefit, rather than actual residents of this area. It is short trips to shops that could be encouraged on bikes/walking and remove cars off roads.

Presently your bike is brushed by Bentleys trying to beat it to the A34. Rather scary at times.
Jon Williams
Friday 10th July 2020 at 8:13 am
A new path from Beech Road Park in A/E to the Prestbury link road with a bridge over the road would be better as most of the footpath is already in place. That way children are OFF the roads.
Peter Higham
Tuesday 14th July 2020 at 10:28 am
Nicky Green's posting is spot on. It seems absurd to plan a cycle route that pushes cyclists out onto a bypass which is a less than pleasant route by reason of traffic speeds,noise, fumes, and visual amenity, and which is designed solely for the purpose of removing vehicles from the centre of Alderley, not people and cyclists. Far more logical and sustainable to concentrate on the provision of cycle routes which are integral to the urban area(s) they would serve,or immediately adjacent to it through open countryside, and which will be far preferable to cycle on.
Alan Brough
Wednesday 15th July 2020 at 11:42 am
The Council have scored a big own-goal by precluding school children travelling between Alderley and Wilmslow from the use of a safe cycle way.

In doing so they necessitate several hundred car journeys per day along with the adverse effect on traffic flow, parking and the environment.
Fiona Doorbar
Wednesday 15th July 2020 at 3:39 pm
I think several hundred is exaggerated....most WHS students get the train from Alderley (it’s not the done thing to be seen with mum or dad ) :-)
Alan Brough
Wednesday 15th July 2020 at 8:25 pm
@ Fiona,

There are also a large number of Girls travelling from Wilmslow to AESG.
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 16th July 2020 at 5:16 am
Not several hundred!