Plans for new cycle paths have been proposed for more areas in Cheshire West and Chester.

The new cycling infrastructure is planned for Frodsham, Helsby, Hartford, Weaverham and Northwich.

There are three new schemes proposed as part of plans to make cycling ‘safer’ and “encourage more people to consider this as an option for both leisure and commuting.”

The three schemes are:

Hartford / Weaverham: B5153 Northwich Road (part) – linking Hartford and Weaverham and serving local schools.

Northwich: A559 / A533 (part) – improving links to Northwich town centre.

Frodsham / Helsby: A56 corridor (part) – improving links between the two villages and to Helsby High School.

Cheshire West and Chester Council said it wants to hear from as many people as possible on the proposals to get their views.

The local authority said it will be contacting residents and businesses on the routes directly and talking with local groups and other stakeholders.

Drivers using the routes will also be encouraged to participate.

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “Cycling saw a huge rise in participation last year.

Schemes like these are designed to make cycling safer and encourage more people to consider this as an option for both leisure and commuting.

We are now asking for help from the local communities living close to these proposed new routes.

We want to ensure the schemes meet the requirements for those directly affected before any work starts.

We will be talking with local community representatives, there will be information posted to households on the routes and an online questionnaire.

The newly formed independent Sustainable Transport Taskforce will also be invited to review our plans.”

The council was awarded £611,800 grant award from ‘Tranche 2’ of the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, to deliver an attractive alternative to the car for travelling on shorter journeys whilst also supporting efforts to improve public health.

Cheshire West and Chester Council said the new funding will help to deliver a small number of schemes that were identified by the ‘local walking and cycling infrastructure plan’ adopted last year. The plan is part of a 10-year strategy.

The funds will also provide additional cycle training opportunities, the development and promotion of a Park and Cycle offer and the exploration of innovative digital applications (initially aimed at school trips) to complement the wider active travel programme.

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