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Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transport refers to any means of transport that has a low impact on the environment. Sustainable transport systems make a positive contribution to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the communities that they serve.

Walking and cycling are the main modes of sustainable transport.  The Council is committed to improving the cycling and pedestrian infrastructure around the Borough in order to improve access to employment, education and leisure opportunities by sustainable transport modes.

For details on cycling and walking activities run by the Healthy Living Team please see the healthy living website.

The Sustainable Transport Enhancements Package (STEP) is an integrated programme of investment in sustainable transport in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) over the six year period from 2015/16 to 2020/21. STEP is integral to the success of the Liverpool City Region Growth Plan. The Growth Fund will contribute a total of £41.4 million to the project with additional contribution funding provided by the local Councils and other partners.

The objectives of STEP:

  • Support economic growth in the Region
  • Build on the ongoing sustainable transport initiatives in the LCR to further expand the
  • Region‟s multi-modal transport network
  • Complement the ongoing Major Transport Schemes programme by providing smaller scale sustainable transport investments
  • Remove travel barriers for local residents, helping to address socio-economic issues in the Region
  • Improve transport provision to capitalise on growth in sectors of the economy particularly the low carbon and visitor economy sectors.

STEP will support door to door sustainable travel by investing in:

  • New pedestrian and cycle infrastructure
  • Bus and rail upgrades
  • Public realm improvements
  • Solutions to address bottlenecks on our road network
  • Low carbon infrastructure

St Helens STEP schemes 2015/16

  1. Haydock Connectivity, Stanley Bank Way - Off-road cycle link along A580 completing cycle facilities along its length from M62 to Knowlsey boundary 
  2. Haydock Connectivity, King George V links - Improved cycle facilities within park
  3. Connecting Haydock - Provide improved sustainable transport facilities to Haydock Industrial Estate linking into Schemes 1, 2 and 3
  4. Newton - Le - Willows Eastern Enhancements Programme Earlestown to Newton-Le-Willows Cycle Path
  5. Connect St Helens - upgrade of Sankey Valley to cycle path and improved cycle parking in St Helens Town Centre

St Helens STEP schemes 2016/17

  1. Haydock Connectivity, Liverpool Road - Junction Improvement for access to Haydock Industrial Estate
  2. Parkside Eastern Enhancements Programme - Sustainable transport route linking Vulcan Village, Newton Le Willows Station and Parkside to improve access to employment.