HIGH STREET CONNECTIVITYA more pedestrian and cycling friendly High Street environment, providing better local connections, and more opportunities for active lifestyles, social interaction and wellbeing.
11th December 2023
Following our consultation earlier this year with Halton’s licenced Taxi trade, we have reviewed your comments, which raised concerns of safety, accessibility and visibility of a new taxi rank. As a result we are proposing the following solution for an alternative centrally located Taxi Rank in Runcorn Town Centre.
The proposed rank would be located on Alcock Street, and would be accessed via the current Car Park (the mound), Taxi’s would then exit via the bus interchange. The current Taxi Rank on High Street has 6 evening spaces allocated to it, the new rank would allow up to 9 and would allow taxi’s access from 6pm to 6am.
Alterations to the fabric of the Bus Interchange would improve visibility to this area, the removal of the tall brick walls that are currently in place, with transparent panels and decorative metal work to provide shelter for waiting passengers.
We are seeking funding for this particular element of the project, and if we are successful and the proposals are accepted we would seek to implement the project in early 2025.
Please see below the proposed designs for your consideration
If you would like to comment on the proposal please send an email to Transportpolicy@halton.gov.uk before the 20th January 2024.
23rd November 2023
A draft illustrated booklet is available here that illustrates local stories from the Dukesfield area that will provide a source of inspiration for the “Street Art” project.
The stories have been selected by the Runcorn & District Historical Society and illustrated by Hazlehurst Studios in Runcorn.
The final version of the booklet will be made available as soon as possible.
This project will improve the connectivity, accessibility and environment on key routes in and around the Old Town. Specifically, 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
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.
The Council would like to seek the views of taxi operators on potential changes to the night time taxi bays in Runcorn town centre as part of a wider active travel and environmental improvement scheme in the Runcorn High Street area. Please see the consultation document