NORTHWICH and Winsford is in the running for a £1.65m boost towards an eco-friendly transport infrastructure after leaping the first hurdle in a government funding scheme.
The new Cheshire West and Chester Council has been invited to make a business case for the cash for the Access Weaver programme.
Environment portfolio holder, Cllr Neil Ritchie said: “It’s great news. To be one of the 29 transport projects allowed to bid for further funds is a real achievement.
“Safe, green transport facilities are essential to delivering the long-term local housing needs.”
The government has already given its backing for more homes to be built across West Cheshire to help tackle the shortage of affordable housing.
The original bid highlighted the potential for new housing in West Cheshire and the abundance of available brownfield sites in sustainable locations. The new housing will be linked to existing and new employment sites with improved transport, with up to 40% being affordable housing.
Now as part of the second round of bids, the DoT is inviting CWaC to submit a full business case for £1.65m.
The money is intended to reduce the number of car journeys created by the new housing and provide sustainable alternative modes of transport.
Access Weaver will help create a 59km network of primarily off-road cycling and walking routes around Northwich and Winsford, and connect housing areas with town centres, education, work and recreation sites.
The project will deliver 10 sections of routes (22.6km) to complete the 59km network.