The meeting at Neston Town Hall noted several traffic issues, including those on Brook Street
Members of Neston Town Council, plus its officers and advisors, met key officers and three of the local Cheshire West and Chester members for a discussion about the issues and priorities for transport and traffic in the town. Local MP Justin Madders was also represented at the meeting.
The meeting considered a presentation from Phil Lloyd, the Chair of the Town’s Transport Working Group, which highlighted:
- Neston’s absence from the Major and Strategic Roads Network;
- The higher train and bus fares paid by Neston residents compared to other parts of the CWaC area;
- The absence of direct access to Chester by public transport in the evening and at weekends
- Vandalism at the Town’s station;
- Traffic hotspots in the Town Centre.
The meeting also heard from John Allcock, Chair of the Wrexham to Bidston Rail Users’ Association, that there will be improvements on the local line following the change of franchise, but that campaigning must continue to prevent slippage in proposals for more services, better connections at Shotton and Bidston, and improved trains and stations.
The presentation was followed by a walk around the town centre during which the need for progress on CCTV at the station was agreed, and some issues about the flow of traffic and parking in the town centre were noted.
Neston Town Council’s draft priorities for transport and traffic issues were reviewed and a draft will be considered by Council on 9 October.
Neston Town Council’s draft Transport Charter lists six priorities.
A HALF-HOURLY RAIL SERVICE WITH DIRECT TRAINS TO LIVERPOOL
Although there are signs that there will be a half-hourly service on the Borderlands line under the new franchise it remains important to takes this through to Liverpool without the need to change at Bidston – and with an improved junction at Shotton.
THE A540 INCLUDED IN THE MAJOR ROAD NETWORK
The A540 was omitted from the draft Local Economic Partnership Transport Strategy for Cheshire and Warrington. It is an urgent matter to correct this and avoid further isolation of the town, and the dangers arising from the A540 junctions in Neston.
A BUS SERVICE BETWEEN NESTON AND CHESTER 7 DAYS A WEEK INCLUDING EVENINGS
This is a major weakness in public transport arrangements for Neston. This objective could also be achieved by a regular seven day and evening bus service to Hooton.
AFFORDABLE FARES FOR NESTON
Fares are generally higher on buses and trains from Neston. Fares for young people up to 18 are a major issue – especially as the CWaC discount card cannot be used on all buses serving Neston.
A REVIEW OF TRAFFIC FLOWS IN NESTON TOWN CENTRE
There have been two deaths on roads close to Neston town centre in recent years and concerns remain about the safety of arrangements, especially on Brook Street and Raby Road.
A FULL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT REVIEW
The above issues should not be considered piecemeal, but through a proper review of transport and traffic in Neston, such as that funded for Northwich.
What do you think of these priorities?
Let us know your views by Monday 8 October.
You can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Town Hall, High Street, Neston CH64 9TR.
Christine Warner, Neston Town Councillor and Chair of the Meeting said:
“Neston Town Council appreciates the contribution of all those who attended this important meeting. There was broad agreement that transport and traffic are major issues for the town and that the Transport Charter is a good basis for discussion with the public. We look forward to receiving comments on these priorities from local residents and businesses”.