Right to Ride Report June 2019
1. There are plans to provide further cycleways in the Shotton Industrial Area in conjunction with a possible new railway station on the Bidston – Wrexham railway line.
2. The Chester canal towpath at Northgate has now reopened after work has been completed on the rock cutting. This is an important cross town link with no traffic.
3. Cheshire East Council have raised Hill Lane, Peckforton to the top of their priorities for a ruling on the Definitive Map Modifications which could potentially remove this lane from public access as a through route. Progress is slow with no further update to report.
4. NCR5 Crymlyn to Talybont has been closed and the diversion effects west to east journeys from Bangor. The work is now nearing completion and the cycle route is now passable with care.
5. The River Dee cycleway close to Sealand Road goes along a timber boardwalk on a structure above the river. There have been a few accidents to cyclists in wet weather due to the absence of a coating on the timber. The council closed the route in December 2018 but the work has now been completed to a good standard and the route has now reopened.
6. Early consultation of the plans for the new Queensferry River Dee road crossing has paid dividends after Richard Brunstom of Cycling UK made constructive comments to the consulting engineers responsible for the design of the scheme. Most of the suggestions have been adopted and the scheme revised accordingly.
7. In Chester preliminary plans for the Phase 1 of the Forum development have been available for public comment recently. The proposals include an undercover ‘Cycle Hub’ which is to be commended but unfortunately it is located on St Martin’s Way which is a fast dual carriageway avoided by cyclists like the plague! Suitable comments have been made on behalf of Cycling UK and it is hoped that the plans will be altered prior to the formal Planning Application.
8. The A540 campaign for reinstatement of the footway/cycleway on the fast dual carriageway between Neston and Two Mills has had some slight progress. The council have agreed to provide a preliminary costing by June 2019. Interestingly, the University of Liverpool have entered the fray with preliminary plans for the development of their small campus at Leasowe, near Neston, showing improved cycle access alongside the A540.
9. Cheshire West Council have now started the process of developing their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). They are to request tenders in June from consultants to bring the plan together. There is to be a Working Group of a few stakeholders from the cycle and walking fraternity overseeing the plan development. Cycling UK have accepted an invitation to be included on the Working Group. It is hoped that the various Cycling UK groups in the area will make contributions to the LCWIP using their local knowledge and experience.