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Traffic and Transport in Neston - Have Your Say

Author: Neston Town Council Published: 1st October 2018 15:53

Members of Neston Town Council, plus its officers and advisors, met key officers and three of the local Cheshire West and Chester members for a discussion about the issues and priorities for transport and traffic in the town.

Local MP Justin Madders was also represented at the meeting. 

The meeting considered a presentation from Phil Lloyd, the Chair of the Town's Transport Working Group, which highlighted:

  • Neston's absence from the Major and Strategic Roads Network;
  • The higher train and bus fares paid by Neston residents compared to other parts of the CWaC area;
  • The absence of direct access to Chester by public transport in the evening and at weekends;
  • Vandalism at the Town's station;
  • Traffic hotspots in the Town Centre.

The meeting also heard from John Allcock, Chair of the Wrexham to Bidston Rail Users' Association, that there will be improvements on the local line following the change of franchise, but that campaigning must continue to prevent slippage in proposals for more services, better connections at Shotton and Bidston, and improved trains and stations.

Traffic and Transport review of NestonThe meeting at Neston Town Hall noted several traffic issues, including those on Brook Street

After the presentation attendees took a walk around the town centre during which the need for progress on CCTV at the station was agreed, and some issues about the flow of traffic and parking in the town centre were noted.

Neston Town Council's draft priorities for transport and traffic issues were reviewed and a draft will be considered by Council on 9 October.

Neston Town Council's draft Transport Charter lists six priorities:


Although there are signs that there will be a half-hourly service on the Borderlands line under the new franchise it remains important to takes this through to Liverpool without the need to change at Bidston - and with an improved junction at Shotton.


The A540 was omitted from the draft Local Economic Partnership Transport Strategy for Cheshire and Warrington. It is an urgent matter to correct this and avoid further isolation of the town, and the dangers arising from the A540 junctions in Neston.


This is a major weakness in public transport arrangements for Neston. This objective could also be achieved by a regular seven day and evening bus service to Hooton.


Fares are generally higher on buses and trains from Neston. Fares for young people up to 18 are a major issue - especially as the CWaC discount card cannot be used on all buses serving Neston.


There have been two deaths on roads close to Neston town centre in recent years and concerns remain about the safety of arrangements, especially on Brook Street and Raby Road.


The above issues should not be considered piecemeal, but through a proper review of transport and traffic in Neston, such as that funded for Northwich.

Christine Warner, Neston Town Councillor and Chair of the Meeting said:

"Neston Town Council appreciates the contribution of all those who attended this important meeting.

"There was broad agreement that transport and traffic are major issues for the town and that the Transport Charter is a good basis for discussion with the public. We look forward to receiving comments on these priorities from local residents and businesses".

What do you think of the priorities laid out above?

Let us know your views. You can contact us by email council@nestontowncouncil.org.uk or write to us at Town Hall, High Street, Neston CH64 9TR.

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Arvel Arbeloa
At 16:35 on 1st October 2018, Arvel Arbeloa commented:
I wish someone would address the issue of the lazy people parking opposite the Chinese takeaway on the High Street, that causes issues in the evening. Also the people who park next to the cash machine by Tesco when there’s a car park right next to it.
At 09:56 on 3rd October 2018, Jimini commented:
I agree with Arvel Arbeloa but also have issues with vans, some of them very large parking outside the plumbers merchant on Chester St by the traffic lights causing a severe obstruction.
Susan C
At 11:40 on 3rd October 2018, Susan C commented:
Can one of these concerned councillors/officers/MP tell us exactly what the problem is about CCTV on the station? I know it's been under discussion for well over a year. What possibly can be the problem?
I have not been on the station for a long time but I do hope the plantars of pretty flowers just asking for vandalism have been replaced by something sturdy and much harder to destroy?
andy w
At 16:29 on 3rd October 2018, andy w commented:
The trouble with getting CCTV at the station is that it needs the support of Arriva trains which hasn't been very forthcoming in the past, I think it was being looked at alongside CCTV being installed as part of the refurbishment at the park but I don't know if it (the station part) was successful or not.
Susan C
At 17:42 on 5th October 2018, Susan C commented:
How realistic is this policy supposed to be? After today's news about Avon and the 22 route is it really feasible to ask for a 7-day a week day/evening service for that route? Is the hope that some distant day will see a huge subsidy for the route? Why don't we concentrate on a Hooton bus instead (for L'pool and Chester). And we surely have to accept that we need to pay for transport services so why ask for reduced fares.
Judging by the lack of comments there's not a lot of local interest anyway.
We need some statistics - how many used the 22 in a week?
And I write as one who frequently needs to travel from/to Chester.

Another point -two deaths on local roads in a few years- two too many, yes, but surely not statistically significant?
Rob Ward
At 12:44 on 9th October 2018, Rob Ward commented:
Vandalism at the railway station has been an intermittent problem, but let's not have razor wire art pieces instead of flowers. One of Neston's mysteries is why two tall poles ready for CCTV cameras were installed at the station decades ago, but never used. New plants were planted last week, and on Sunday morning they had survived the Saturday night visitors, and were looking brilliant.
At 08:41 on 10th October 2018, Elgreco commented:
I totally agree with Jimini about the obstruction of the traffic lights outside the plumbers shop.Lets be honest if the council bothered to employ more / if any traffic wardens around Parkgate and Neston they would generate quite a bit of money especially if they hit the cars that continue to obstruct the pavements causing problems for the disabled and mums with prams.

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