AN INNOVATIVE blueprint to cut town centre traffic has been rubber-stamped by planners.
The body behind the proposals, the Northwich Regeneration Partnership, is celebrating being given the light – and says the Northwich Vision project can now get going.
A one-way traffic system and multi-storey car park are being mooted as part of the town’s transport strategy, but plans for a third bridge over the River Weaver, outlined in the initial strategy in 2003, were shelved.
“By sticking to the first option which included a bridge, it could be 10 to 15 years before it was considered seriously for funding,” said Vale Royal’s lead councillor for regeneration, Herbert Manley.
“The needs of Northwich are too important to wait. We had to move things on.”
In addition to a one-way system incorporating both Hayhurst Bridge and Town Bridge, other major proposals include improvements to the Leicester Street and Station Road roundabout.
And a new multi-storey car park could be built on the west of the Weaver, with a footbridge to the town centre to ease congestion.
County Councillor Andrew Needham, executive member for the environment, said the move would “help improve accessibility to the town”.
He added: “We have looked at a range of scenarios to fulfil the needs of Northwich and this process has given us a model for a transport strategy that is realistic and robust.
“We can now begin to move forward and deliver a bright future for Northwich.”