A well-connected and accessible borough
Thriving economy outcome: A well-connected and accessible borough
Among the projects carried out by our Highways service are repairs to the historic Farndon-Holt Bridge and major junction improvement at the A41/A40 Red Fox in Tarporley. A total of 130 20mph schemes have been introduced with encouraging safety results. A report about the first year of the scheme shows that there has been a 65 per cent reduction in vehicle collisions, 40 per cent reduction in collisions where someone is killed or seriously injured and 69 per cent reduction in collisions causing slight injuries. An overall reduction in speed of 0.4mph has been calculated. Across the locations 15 per cent fewer vehicles are now travelling above 25mph and 17 per cent fewer vehicles are travelling above 30mph.
The Halton Curve
The Halton Curve has been completed with new train services connecting Chester with Liverpool Lime Street, calling at Helsby, Frodsham, Runcorn and Liverpool South Parkway, as well as peak time extensions serving Wrexham. The Council worked with Welsh Government and the Liverpool City Region to enable the train service, helping people to access employment and leisure. Train services between Frodsham and Helsby have doubled in frequency and it is hoped that Halton Curve will also enable more rail journeys to be made between Chester and North Wales in the future.
Passenger Information displays
We have commissioned and installed seven real time passenger Information displays across Chester. The displays have been installed in Foregate Street and at Chester Railway Station and provide accurate bus departure times to help passengers plan their journey. Across the sites, full colour screens provide live and scheduled departure information for approximately 27 services. Public service announcements or notifications of any disruption can also be displayed.
Northwich Transport Strategy
The Northwich Transport Strategy was adopted by the Council, identifying a number of issues and congestion pinch points on the network and setting out potential solutions. Further development work is required to take these forward and this work will be sequenced as the Council identifies suitable funding sources for the schemes.
We continued to implement the borough-wide parking strategy to make sure parking is fit for purpose and contributes to the local economy. Action plans were published for Northwich, Frodsham and Helsby, following plans for Ellesmere Port and Chester in the previous year. These include significant investment programmes to improve the quality of car parks and attract more visitors and shoppers. They help to release more short-stay capacity in central car parks while maintaining free parking for users of key facilities and encouraging long-stay parking in car parks on the edge of town, including the provision of a free car park in Northwich for commuters.