Big investment to strengthen cycle paths in St Helens
COUNCIL chiefs have approved a £ 1.5million program to improve and expand cycling infrastructure in St Helens.
The cabinet gave the green light to construction contracts for two large projects at its meeting this month.
Funded by the City of Liverpool region – as part of a strategy to create over 55km of green corridors for walking and cycling across the region – and co-funded by its Cities Transformation Fund – the Sustainable transportation and green infrastructure program will see work completed at Gerards Bridge and Canal Greenway, as well as Sankey Valley at Colliers Moss Greenway.
The overall scheme will consist of three elements.
These include new walkways over Rainford Creek / Sankey Canal and repairs to damaged canal walls and towpath, new and improved on and off-road walkways / cycle paths connecting the existing network across the borough, and work to improve the Rainford Creek watercourse to improve biodiversity and mitigate flooding on College Street, which was completed in November 2020.
Among the improvements to Gerards Bridge Road and Canal Greenway, a three-meter-wide 1km cycle path will be installed between College Street and Merton Bank Road, as well as an upgrade from Merton Bank to Park Road – while as the Sankey Valley to Colliers The Moss Road will include an off-road cycle path from Fleet Lane to the Colliers Moss Rail Bridge.
St Helens Environment and Transport Council cabinet member Cllr Andy Bowden said: “With improving residents’ health and environmental priorities, sustainable travel projects like this are one element. important to our road infrastructure improvement programs as we seek to support a strong, prosperous, inclusive and well-connected local economy.
“As a council, we are making great strides in making walking and cycling a better and safer form of transportation, opening up green and vibrant places that reflect our heritage and culture. ”
Work on the project is expected to start this year.