A more pedestrian and cycling friendly High Street environment, providing better local connections, and more opportunities for active lifestyles, social interaction and wellbeing.

Project Description

This project will improve the connectivity, accessibility and environment on key routes in and around the Old TownSpecifically, the project will aim to:

  • Improve the High Street so that it can become more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, reducing congestion and pollution in the town centre
  • Invest in a new pedestrian footbridge across the Bridgewater canal to the Brindley.

In order to encourage local sustainable transport from Runcorn railway station to the High Street, a new landmark building near the historic Waterloo Bridge will help pedestrians and cyclists way finding.

The Buddhist Temple iconic new hall will be constructed in traditional Thai style. Further information is available on the planning portal


The proposed community Peace Garden along the High Street will provide people with a tranquil spot along the way, with further information on the planning portal https://webapp.halton.gov.uk/planningAPPS/showCaseData.asp?CaseNo=21/00593/FUL

A Street Art project is aiming to encourage people to explore the town on foot, increase dwell time and support the local economy, by making the route between the High Street near the Bridgewater Canal and the river Mersey more attractive. The Council wants to commission a local artist for the first phase of the project. You can download the Artist Brief here. Deadline for the opportunity was 8 December.

Following the deadline for submission of fee proposals for the project, the Council commissioned Hazlehurst Studios.

Ideas to improve a stretch of the High Street in Runcorn for cyclists and pedestrians have been drawn up by WSP. The concept lay-outs can be seen here. An event will be organised on Wednesday 15 February PM in the Brindley as an opportunity to hear what people think and answer questions people may have. Invitations to local businesses and residents will follow. 

A report summarises the answers to the Questionnaire that was available online until 28 February 2023. The survey found that option A is the preferred option with local businesses and residents. Option A is therefore being taken forward to the next design stage.

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