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A5117 cycle improvement scheme

The cycle improvement scheme is working to provide a new shared used pathway along the northern side of the A5117 road corridor between Ellesmere Port and Thornton-Le-Moors that forms part of National Cycle Route 5. The works along the A5117 consist of two phases. The first phase began in August 2020, when pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities were installed at the junction of A5117 and Poole Lane.

The second phase began in early 2021 and covers the remainder of the scheme. The start of construction on phase two was delayed when Covid-19 restrictions were eased in the run up to Christmas 2020. We took the decision to delay the start of the second phase, so shoppers and travellers would not be inconvenienced by the temporary traffic management measures.

The project will deliver a new mainly off-road 5km in total, shared used pathway between M53 junction 10 at Cheshire Oaks and the M56 junction 14 at Hapsford, via Elton. The route will benefit from new off-road shared used pathway along the A5117 between Cheshire Oaks and Pool Lane in Elton, before linking back to existing on-road cycle network, improving local connectivity, accessibility and mobility.

Other improvements include upgrading the existing signalised traffic junction at Pool Lane with a new controlled toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists, together with improved wayfinding signage.

The scheme will link strategic growth sites to the wider cycle network within the borough, while complementing and providing direct access onto the canal towpath improvement scheme. The project supports our Climate Emergency declaration and commitment to help West Cheshire to become carbon neutral by 2045, while providing health and environmental benefits in promoting a well-connected and accessible borough.

The scheme will cost £1.044m, consisting of £699,537 of funding secured from the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund and £344,548 match funding from us.

We have appointed Ringway Infrastructure Services Limited, our highways maintenance contractor, to construct the scheme, with works scheduled to be substantially completed by early Autumn 2021.

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