A £1.65m bid for new pedestrian and cycle routes in Mid Cheshire, as part of the massive growth point initiative, is set to be approved.
The new Cheshire West and Chester Council’s highways and transportation committee will hear today (Wednesday) that an ‘expression of interest’ for the Access Weaver scheme has been successful.Š
The next stage is to put forward a full business case by a May 22 deadline.Š
A County Hall meeting will be told the bid would build on extending schemes such as the Northwich Connect2 project to create a network of pedestrian and cycle routes linking existing and new homes to schools and employment areas.Š
A final decision is expected by mid July and, if approved, work must be completed by March 2011.Š
The bid supports the West Cheshire Growth Point by providing sustainable links between homes, employment, education and other key services, according to a report.Š
The council’s highways and transportation and housing growth point teams are said to be working closely together to develop the bid.
The council itself does not have to provide any finance for the project.Š
Eight of the 10 schemes which were put forward in West Cheshire have been unsuccessful with the overall value of potential projects costing five times the Government funds which are available.Š
Those which have failed include the Northwich Vision transport strategy and the Northwich quality bus scheme together with a railway station improvement programme and a transport smart card scheme.Š