Halsnead Masterplan
The route will run via the proposed 1,600-home Halsnead Garden Village

Knowsley to invest £2m in cycling routes

The council is to sign off a cycling and walking project to link Prescot to Cronton via the planned Halsnead Garden Village.

The route will Cronton and Prescot via Stadt Moers Park, and will tie into out routes being brought forward by Halton Council, continuing into Widnes and the Trans Pennine Trail.

The major interventions include an on-road cycleway from the junction of Liverpool Road and Manchester Road through to Carr Lane in Prescot; a newly-constructed off-road cycle link between Carr Lane and Stadt Moers Park; and a cycle link between the park and Pottery Lane.

There will also be improvements to road marking and signage to existing cycle routes between Pottery Lane and Cronton Avenue in Whiston; cycle links between Foxes Bank Lane and Penny Lane in Cronton; and a further link from Penny Lane to Sandy Lane, also in Cronton.

Knowsley is now looking to tender for a design-and-build contractor for the scheme, which has been supported by a £1.6m grant from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The route also passes through the proposed Halsnead Garden Village, set to provide 1,600 homes, 55.5 acres of employment land, a country park, a primary school, and community and leisure facilities.

The site covers 430 acres at the junction of the M57 and M62, to the south of Whiston, and historically formed part of the Halsnead Park estate.

The Combined Authority agreed a £12m grant to Knowsley Council for other access, including roads, in July this year. Knowsley’s cabinet is set to sign off the cycling and walking infrastructure funding at a meeting next week.

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Good news for active travel options, but realistically £2m hardly scratches the surface when in Greater Manchester their Bee Network bids have already totalled more than the £160m initial budget (albeit only 1.5% of that has been spent so far…). Let’s see some spades in the ground across the whole region.

By Active Travel Trev

Linking Shakespeare North with Cronton via Halsnead Garden Suburb can only be good, especially for Whiston which needs connecting in.
We need more cycle routes – Yes! – but we don’t always need to compare ourselves with Manchester. Does Manchester pay its staff to post on Liverpool articles!

By Liverpolitan

Is this really the best cycling plan that can be put together? I see an expensive bridge spanning the motorway – like the one removed on the tarbock island upgrade a millenia ago. I also see liesure routes through the old colliery. What I don’t see is a viable option to cross Tarbock Island by bike safely to get commuters into Huyton without using a car. £2m goes nowhere on schemes like this, and for a cyclist to get to this areas they need to be safeguarded on the roads around the area, Cronton Road and Foxes Hill Bank need some serious modernising. This is a great opportunity to develop cycling and commuting in the area, but it feels underbaked and missing the vital point of safer cycling for commuters will make the biggest change. This project needs to reach further to offer any benefit.

By worthy

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