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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.

St Helens STEP schemes 2017 to 2021

  • Haydock Industrial Estate Access - a new junction that will upgrade the existing signalised   Haydock Lane/A580 East Lancs Road junction with pedestrian and cycle facilities, right and   left turning lanes and an improved layout. This will improve safety, capacity and traffic management supporting free flow and remove a bottleneck
  • Active Travel East - improvements to walking and cycling routes from the Haydock and       Newton Le Willows area to key destinations such as railways stations, employment, retail   and education. The project will further improve the Active Travel Network which has been   implemented throughout the LSTF and STEP years 1 and 2 programmes. 
  • A58 Active Travel Improvements - improvements to the walking and cycling                    infrastructure along parts of the A58.  The proposed scheme would help link existing cycling route already in place to improve access to employment and amenities for individuals from the  south into the St Helens Town Centre. The scheme also improves connectivity within     the town centre and opens up access to new developments which would in turn benefit the   local economy.

STEP Cycling and Walking Consultation

We want to hear your views about cycling and walking in St Helens and the proposals for the Active Travel East and A58 Active Travel Improvements STEP schemes. Tell us which improvements to the walking and cycling network you and your family would use on your route to work, school and local facilities.

Maps and further information on the proposed improvements can be found below. The survey is located in the St Helens Council Consultation Suite 

https://applications02.sthelens.gov.uk/ConsultationSuite/

The consultation runs from Monday 12th June until Monday 10th July