MOTORISTS, cyclists and pedestrians in Burtonwood can look forward to safer, smoother journeys, thanks to the completion of a major investment in the area.

Work is finished on the £1.15 million Burtonwood Environmental Improvements Scheme in west Warrington.

The project has implemented a series of traffic management initiatives in the area of Clay Lane/Hayley Road, to deter through traffic and manage speeds through the village and surrounding road network.

Improvements include carriageway resurfacing, installation of traffic management measures, new pedestrian crossings at key locations, junction improvements, road markings, street lighting, signage and minor landscaping.

The work, which began in April, was carried out in phases to minimise disruption to the community and motorists.

Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet member for highways, transportation and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, said: “This project will bring massive benefits to the area, with a range of measures, from improved traffic management and carriageway surfacing, to better street lighting and pedestrian crossings. It will mean safer, smoother journeys for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

"I’m delighted the work has been completed, on time and on budget.”

The improvements are the latest successfully delivered investments in the highway network in the west Warrington area following on from the completion of work on both M62 junction 8 and the widening of Burtonwood Road to two lanes, southbound, between Charon Way and the roundabout junction of Westbrook Way / Burtonwood Road.

This wider investment strategy is aimed at reducing queue lengths and improving journey times and highway safety for residents and business located in the area.

The Council is promoting a further scheme to construct a footpath and cycleway between Omega North and Burtonwood which subject to the outcome of a public inquiry to be held in early November is programmed to start on site in Spring 2020.