Cheshire East is to have a new local transport plan to help drive forward the economy and support key policies that promote the council’s core objectives.
The plan (LTP), which is about to go out to public consultation, will look at all forms of transport over the next five years up to 2023. It will be integral to the council’s approved Local Plan Strategy, which sets out the council’s framework for meeting housing, planning, social and infrastructure needs up to 2030.
The LTP will address pressures on the transport network and infrastructure as a result of housing and population growth across the borough, including HS2 in the Crewe area and the South East Manchester Multi Modal Strategy (SEMMMS) and Manchester Airport Relief Road to the north of the borough.
The LTP brings together a wide range of transport strategies and schemes, which have been developed over recent years into a single coherent framework.
Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for environment, said: “It is important to us that as many people as possible give their feedback through these important consultations.
“The local transport plan provides a framework for the future development of our transport and infrastructure across the borough to help us meet our core outcomes, including that people live well and for longer, that the borough has a strong and resilient economy and that the borough is a green and sustainable place in which to live, do business and visit.
“Our transport network aims to support the Local Plan through improved connectivity, a better quality of life and enhanced quality of place.
“We also need to consider our connectivity with key economic centres, such as Manchester, Liverpool, North Wales and the Midlands, in order to best manage the impact of traffic growth around our towns, commuter routes and motorways.”
The LTP will also consider developments within neighbouring authorities, including Greater Manchester, through the Semmms strategy. A recent consultation in Cheshire East asked residents to comment in key transport issues and options in the north of the borough. The full draft Semmms strategy will be consulted on in the near future and residents may also wish to comment on this.
The local transport plan will be open for public consultation and residents and all interested parties are encouraged to take part. The consultation runs for eight weeks from Tuesday 1 May 2018, through to Monday 25 June 2018.
As part of the consultation, there will be the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions across the borough and meet with staff to learn more about the local transport plan in face-to-face discussions.
In addition, residents and businesses can obtain response forms from local libraries and council offices. Completed forms should be returned to: Freepost Plus RSJJ-YTHC —CHZK, Research and Consultation, Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ.
To find out more about the local transport plan visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localtransportplan