Autumn 2017 Report (October 2017)
A 540 TWO MILLS JUNCTION
Most of you will know of the improvements that are being made at this junction by Balfour Beatty /Mott MacDonald contractors employed by Highway England. The cycling infrastructure being put in at the moment is costing over £500,000. I now want Cheshire West and Chester Council to compliment this work by reinstating the existing but overgrown paths on the A 540 dual carriageway from Neston up to Two Mills and to Woodbank. This is proving to be very difficult as CWaC have no money and they say that the strict criteria laid down by the DFT to L A ‘s will not allow them to put in a bid for funding to the DFT for any sustainable monies available from the government.
So, the battle continues.
CHESHIRE WEST and CHESTER COUNCIL
Communication has not improved and the promised Active Travel or Sustainable Transport Forum to be set up by the Public Health department has not taken place.
HILL LANE, PECKFORTON HILLS, EAST CHESHIRE
Our application to change the definitive map to a Restrictive Byway is still in a queue. We are no 2 on the list for Cheshire East to look at our application.
WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL
They have secured over £3 million from STEP, the Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package, in schemes to help cyclists and other forms of sustainable transport from Birkenhead docks, (Wirral Waters), up the A41 towards Hooton and many off road cycle paths are now in. This will eventually include junction 5 of the M53 at Hooton.
ROSSMORE EAST ELLESMERE PORT
They have started building the houses on this new site, but as yet they have not started to put in the cycle/footpath under Rossmore East as promised.
SUTTON HALL FARM LEDSHAM
This housing development is well under way and improvements to the junction of the Welsh Road A550 and the Ledsham road have taken place with new traffic lights and 200 metres of a new cycle/footpath on the A550 up to Badgersrake Lane. At lot more could have been done here but the planers/developers are not interested. Hooton and Capenhurst stations are close by and a cycle/footpath route could have been put in to both stations.
CHESTER CYCLING CAMPAIGN
CCC continues to work hard in trying circumstances. Please log onto their web page and visit the Autumn edition of Cycling Matters. They are at the moment trying to get the River Dee path to continue alongside the river from the Cop past the new development over the disused canal locks to the river Dee. Discussions are taking place with the developer Watkin Jones, The Canal and River Trust, CWaC itself and any other interested parties.
CCC are also commenting on the Wrexham Road development where 1,500 homes are to be built etc. The proposed transport infrastructure is poor with little for cyclists. The CCC would like a new cycle/footbridge over the river.
CAERNARVON BY PASS
Congratulation to Roy Spilsbury and his dedicated team of campaigners for winning the best Campaign Award of the year. The award was presented to Roy and his team at the Cycling UK Annual Get Together held in Birmingham 2017. Roy and his team are working to ensure that the popular and scenic Lon Edition cycle path will remain safe and in use when the A487 Caernarfon & Bont Newydd bypass is constructed. This campaign action is still ongoing.
All the best to you Roy and team.
RIGHT TO RIDE REPRESENTATIVE
I was intending to give up this post but I will continue for another year in the hope I can persuade CWaC to find some funding to compliment the work now being done on the A540.
23rd October 2017