Major improvements to a key gateway are under way in a bid to improve links between the town centre, the new multi million pound sport and leisure village, Cheshire Oaks and the Coliseum.
The first stage of the works has seen more than 70 trees planted along Stanney Lane as part of a wider upgrade of the road, described as ‘a key gateway’ into the town centre.
Locations at which planting has taken place include adjacent to the Civic Way car park and the Army Reserve Centre and in the hedgerows between the road and the service roads.
The current scheme also includes stretches of a new shared footpath and cycle lane along the Civic Way car park and in front of the reserve centre designed to improve accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Natural landscaping will visually connect existing and future development opportunities and the upgraded shared cycleway and footpath will provide better accessibility.
“We have started creating a modern landscape signature for Ellesmere Port that will be fully delivered over the course of the next 12 months in different phases.”
Ellesmere Port Town ward borough councillor Justin Madders (Lab) said: “If we are to encourage more of the visitors who currently go to Cheshire Oaks into the town centre then it is very important that we have an attractive and welcoming entrance to the town.
“From the motorway junction, down Stanney Lane and into the town centre itself we need to make sure people see Ellesmere Port is a place they want to see more of.”
Together with improvements to the junctions on the motorway around the town, it is hoped the project will create an improved perception of arrival for visitors.
Whitby ward councillor and mayor of Ellesmere Port Bob Crompton, added: “This development will not only deliver an aesthetic improvement to Stanney Lane but the further development of the road will address some of the long standing concerns of residents regarding the safety of the junctions which currently make joining Stanney Lane difficult.
“The addition of safe cycle lanes will also add to the safety of road users in the area.”
Joe Ward, of contractors Dunkil Developments, said: “The weather has been very good for us to work in and we have been able to plant around 70 trees just in time for the spring.
“Residents along Stanney Lane have been really interested in the works as they like the buffer between their homes and the busy carriageway which the hedgerows and trees provide.
“We are confident we will finish the works in time and hope the hard work by us will be appreciated by many.”
The concept was published in 2013 with a public consultation event held in the Civic Hall.