Work has begun on Phase 2 of the ‘Grey to Green’ project. Part of the wider regeneration of Bewsey and Dallam, the works will bring a range of environmental improvements to the area.
Phase 1 of the project was successfully completed in April 2017, with improvements – including the introduction of enhanced public realm, tree planting, new cycle priorities and renewed parking facilities – made in key locations on Longshaw Street, Lodge Lane, Higham Avenue and Dalton Avenue.
The £1.2m phase 2 improvements will be focused around Longshaw Street, from Dallam Brook to the junction of Hawley’s Lane; and Hawley’s Lane, from the junction with Boulting Avenue to the railway bridge.
The work includes new areas of high quality public realm and resurfacing to enhance the street scene along this corridor, including the introduction of tree planting.
It will be complemented by the introduction of traffic calming measures and the new pedestrian crossings at key locations, improvements to facilities for cyclists, as well as an extension to the existing car park on the already established community playing fields.
The scheme has been designed to complement existing and forthcoming developments in the area.
Warrington Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for highways, transportation and public realm, Cllr Hans Mundry, carried out the official sod-cutting ceremony. He was accompanied by council leader, Cllr Terry O’Neill; deputy leader, Cllr Russ Bowden and Bewsey & Whitecross ward members.
Cllr Mundry said: “It’s great news that the second phase of the Grey to Green project is getting under way. This project really is transforming the area and creating an environment the community can be proud of.
“This range of highways and public realm improvements will bring massive benefits to local people, and build on the fantastic work carried out as part of phase 1 of this project. It’s another major step forward in our work to regenerate Bewsey and Dallam – and make it a greener, safer and healthier place.”
Warrington Borough Council has appointed Dowhigh Limited to carry out the programme of works, which is due to complete in October, following a 20-week construction period.
Dowhigh director, Peter Allard, said: “We have worked with Warrington Borough Council on a number of occasions. Following our success in tendering for the ‘Capital Works Frameworks’, we have been fortunate to be part of this wonderful opportunity in developing urban areas which are designed to focus on environmental improvements that enhance local character.
“We will be working with local residents to ensure a smooth transition that achieves high quality outcomes to the local area and contributes to the environmental improvements initiatives.”
The majority of the work will be undertaken within temporary road and footpath restrictions to minimise disruption to both residents and motorists.
Further information and drawings for the scheme can be found by visiting www.warrington.gov.uk and entering ‘grey to green’ into the search box.