Gateway opens to connect Greenway and University

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A gateway has been opened between the University of Chester campus and the Chester Millennium Greenway.

The Cheshire West and Chester Council itravelsmart team have been working in co-operation with the University of Chester to unlock access for students and staff to the Greenway facilitating entry to the University for cyclists.

The gateway was officially opened by Alice Irvine, Sustrans Area Manager.

Alice Irvine, said:” 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.”

The gate is located as close to the Greenway as possible at the back of the overflow car park.

It was funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, a Department for Transport initiative and is aimed at achieving economic growth, job expansion and carbon reduction through generating alternative, sustainable journeys to work.

Cllr Lynda Jones said: “I am delighted that we have been able to help students and staff at the University, I hope this will encourage more cycling and walking now the route avoids the road and traffic.”

The path proves especially useful as there have been issues regarding the parking permits at the University in the past.

Alice Elliott, Head of Sustainability at the University of Chester said: “I was delighted to work with Peter Cox, a senior lecturer at the University of Chester, Bethan Edwards at Cheshire West and Chester Council and Sustrans to ensure that these benefits could be realised for University staff and students.”

Local Garden Quarter Cllr Bob Rudd who lobbied the University of Chester Vice-Chancellor for the gate for the past three years said:” I am sure it will result in more students and staff using cycles to travel to and from the University.”

People who are concerned about the security of the path are ensured safety, as the gate will only be accessible using the University campus card between 7am and 7pm daily and locked at night.

by Lisa Meller

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