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Survey on Cheshire Lines path improvements at Maghull Brook and Lydiate Station Road

The charity Sustrans wants to hear from local people ahead of plans to improve a section of the Cheshire Lines walking and cycling path, which is part of the long-distance Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Network Route 62.

West Lancashire Council will begin work in early 2023 to reinstate the route between Maghull Brook and Lydiate Station Road. It will be widened to three metres, with a new smooth surface that is suitable for use all year round. The work will also include access improvements to the path at Lydiate Station Road.

Sustrans now wants to hear from local people about how and why they use the next section of the Cheshire Lines paths set for improvements - from Lydiate Station Road to the West Lancashire/Sefton border (between Moss Lane and North Moss Lane). If you live or work locally and use this section of route you can take part in a short survey at:

Sarah Bradbury-Ewen, Sustrans’ Senior Project Officer said: “The Phase 1 improvements up to Lydiate StationRoad will include a new smooth surface, and the restrictive barrier will be replaced with removable bollards to enable everyone to use this section of the Cheshire Lines. We want all users to be able to easily access the National Cycle Network, whether they’re walking, cycling, pushing a pram, riding a horse, orusing a mobility scooter.

“We will work with the Trans Pennine Trail national office to apply for funding to improve the Phase 2 section up to the council boundary. Local people and users of the Cheshire Lines can help us by taking a look at the project website and answering some questions about their use of the trail”.

John Wilson, Chair of the Trans Pennine Trail Partnership said: “These works are much needed and will be a great improvement, in particular opening up the accessibility of this section. The support Sustrans has given our partnership in securing funding for this project and future works is fantastic.”

The work on the Trans Pennine Trail in Lydiate is part of Sustrans’ £77m programme, supported by the Department for Transport, to enhance the National Cycle Network and achieve their Paths for Everyone vision.

Sustrans’ survey about how and why people use the Cheshire Lines is open until 21st November 2022.

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