The Cheshire West and Chester Council itravelsmart team have been working with The University of Chester to unlock access for staff and students to the Chester Millennium Greenway.
A new security gate now allows access to the University directly from the Greenway making the journey for cyclists and walkers a lot easier and safer.
The gateway, officially opened on Wednesday 12 November by Alice Irvine, Sustrans Area Manager, was funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The gate is located at the back of the overflow car park at the nearest point of access to the Greenway. The gate will be accessible using the University pass between 7am - 7pm daily.
Alice Elliott, Head of Sustainability at the University of Chester, said: “I would like to dedicate the opening of the gate to Councillor David Robinson, a keen cyclist and member of Chester Cycling Campaign, who sadly passed earlier this year, but who challenged me to create access to the Greenway when we first met two years ago.
“Sustainable travel is a key part of my role and helps to reduce carbon emissions, but more tangible are the social and health impacts which Peter Cox, Senior lecturer at the University of Chester details in his book Moving People (2010): ‘If initial creativity and vision are the starting point for creating social change, the forging of suitable alliances and the connection to networks at local regional, national and international levels are vital for its realisation.’
“I enjoyed working with Peter, Bethan Edwards at Cheshire West and Chester Council and Sustrans to ensure that these benefits could be realised for University staff and students.”
Added Alice Irvine: “Sustrans are delighted to see the opening of this new entrance onto the Chester Greenway from the University. The Greenway is a fabulous traffic free route for walkers and cyclists, it gives easy access to Chester City Centre and its suburbs and out into the countryside of North Wales, it is a very attractive and popular green route.
“By 2020, Sustrans wants four out of five short journeys to be made by foot, bike or public transport, and this new entrance will allow University staff and students to play their part in this vision.”
The new access gateway was funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, a Department for Transport initiative; aimed at achieving economic growth, job expansion and carbon reduction through generating sustainable journeys to work.