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Consultation - A494 Aston Hill Shared Use Path

Consultation Questionnaire A494 Aston Hill

18202-D-65A - Public Consultation - General Arrangement

18202-D-66A - Public Consultation - Typical Sections

Scheme Background

Following the successful award of Welsh Government funding this financial year and forming an integral part of a wider integrated transport proposal for the communities of south-western Flintshire and Deeside area, it is now proposed to implement a package of measures aimed at enhancing and improving the environment for pedestrians and cyclists. 

To this end, the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council wish to see improvements made to the section of existing footway that runs alongside the A494 between Ewloe Roundabout and Aston Road.

The proposal supports the policy and ambitions contained within Welsh Governments ‘Active Travel’ Wales Act as well as conforming to the vision of Welsh Governments ‘New Wales Transport Strategy’ which aims to encourage more walking, cycling and sustainable modes of travel.

Site Description

The section of footway between Ewloe Roundabout and Aston Road comprises of three distinct sections.

Section 1 – which runs parallel to the A494 eastbound on-slip off Ewloe Roundabout, but is separated and screened from the road by up to 6.5m of landscape planting comprising of small trees and bushes.

Section 2 – commences where Section 1 emerges from the seclusion of the trees and runs directly alongside the carriageway down to the Old Aston Hill junction, separated from the road by a 2.4m wide grass verge.

Section 3 - is between Old Aston Hill junction and the turning head on the western end of Aston Road. The footway here is separated from the road by a pedestrian guard rail, and also passes the frontages of several properties.

Outline Proposals

The proposals (to be read in conjunction with the Aston Hill Shared Use Path – General Arrangement and Typical Cross Sections drawings) include the following:

  • Widening the existing footway to provide up to 3m width of shared pedestrian cycle facility where possible or as wide as the existing infrastructure will allow;
  • Relocation of the Old Aston Hill crossing point into a safer location;
  • Elimination of the narrow pinch point where the existing footway meets Aston Road;
  • Relocation of the lighting columns to the rear of the footway;
  • Relocation of a telecommunication’s pole from the middle of the footway to a more suitable location (note this work has been completed in advance of the main scheme);
  • Addition of a fence on top of the parapet on the Wrexham-Bidston railway bridge;
  • Upgrade of links to the surrounding network;
  • Provision of road signs and markings to indicate the pedestrian and cycle facility.

Key Design Aims

  • Improve Active and Sustainable travel by upgrading the existing pedestrian footway between Ewloe Roundabout and Aston Road, into a (pedestrian/cycle) Shared Use Facility in accordance with the Welsh Government’s Active Travel guidance;
  • Enhance the pedestrian and cycle environment and accessibility of this popular route;
  • Improve safety by relocating the Old Aston Hill side road crossing point;
  • Improve safety by removing the localised pinch point at Aston Road.

How does this affect me as a resident?

Your views are important and will help us to provide a ‘tailor made’ scheme meeting the needs of the local community. We want to enhance the provision for non-motorised users by making our network safer and improving connectivity within the area.

Scheme Consultation - How can I comment? 

Consultation Questionnaire A494 Aston Hill

We want to hear what you think about our proposals, however, as I am sure you can appreciate, it is not possible to hold face-to-face consultation events due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

If you don’t have access to a computer, then you can call to register your views on: 01352 701234

The consultation period is open until midnight of 09/08/21