WARRINGTON Walking Day returns this Friday, July 1st, after the previous two events were cancelled due to the pandemic, with a number of road closures in and around the town centre from 7.30 am.
Warrington Borough Council is asking everyone to play their part to ensure the safe and smooth running of Walking Day 2022.
Schools, churches, community organisations and faith groups will come together on Friday 1 July and organisers are gearing up for what is always one of the most popular, vibrant and exciting days in Warrington’s calendar.
The inner town centre will be closed to traffic from 7.30am until around 1pm. Vehicle access to Warrington town centre will be severely restricted during these times. Phased road closures will be strictly enforced.
If you are expecting a delivery, you may wish to re-schedule, as access will not be granted at this time. Multi-storey car parks at Time Square and Golden Square will be accessible throughout the morning, though may be busier than usual due to the event and other areas being closed.
The council apologise for any inconvenience these closures may cause – they are in place for the safety of walkers and all road users.
Phase 1 – 7.30am
Closure of Sankey Street between Crosfield Street and Legh Street.
Closure of Winmarleigh Street between Sankey Street and Museum Street.
Phase 2 – 8am
Closure of remaining streets within the town centre, apart from those covered under Phase 3. Access to Time Square multi-storey car park will be maintained.
Phase 3 – 9am
Closure of Dial Street, Buttermarket Street, Academy Street.
Academy Way will remain open but will close for a minimum time to allow for the safe passage of the parade passing through.
In addition to this, there are four procession routes into the town centre. Phased road closures will be applied to allow for the safe passage of the churches into and out of the town centre, before and after the main walk.
Route 1 – 9am
Closure of Church Street.
Route 2 – 9am
Closure of the outbound section of Knutsford Road from Grange Avenue, Latchford to Bridge Foot and across Bridge Foot into Bridge Street.
Route 3 – 9.30am
Closure of Rhodes Street, Orford Lane, Pinners Brow, Tanners Lane, Midland Way, Legh Street and Bath Street.
Route 4 – 10am
Closure of Milner Street, Liverpool Road.
The procession route will not pass through Arpley Street this year.
The Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Jean Flaherty, said: “I’m so pleased that Walking Day is back this year. Having to cancel the last two events was disappointing as it is such an important day in Warrington’s calendar.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the town centre come alive with activity in what is sure to be an unforgettable day for our town.”
There is also the option to book seats in front of the Town Hall’s golden gates for the event.
Seating is free of charge and can be reserved in advance. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis when booked online via Eventbrite.
Members of the public are asked to take their seat from 9.45am and arrive no later than 10.25am.
Warrington Borough Council has made the following Traffic Order:
On the occasion of the above-mentioned event, no cart, carriage, motor car, lorry or other vehicle (excepting vehicles taking part in the event, Police, Ambulance and Fire Service vehicles and Mail Carts) and no horses or other animal be allowed to remain in or travel along or over any of the under mentioned streets:
Between the hours of 7.30am and 1.00pm on Friday 1st July 2022:
Sankey Street – Crosfield Street to Legh Street
Winmarleigh Street – Sankey Street to Museum Street
Between the hours of 8.00am and 1.00pm on Friday 1st July 2022:
Entire lengths of road: Barbauld Street; Bold Street; Bridge Street; Cairo Street; Cockhedge Way; Crown Street; Egypt Street; Friars Gate; Hanover Street; Hilden Square; Hill Street; Horrocks Lane; Horsemarket Street; Market Gate; Palmyra Square North; Palmyra Square South; Regent Street; Rylands Street; St Austins Lane; Scotland Road; Springfield Street; Stanley Street; Suez Street; Town Hill; Union Street.
Part lengths of road:
Academy Way – Bank Street to Bridge Street
Bank Street- Buttermarket Street to Horrocks Lane
Buttermarket Street – Market Gate to Scotland Road
Legh Street – Bath Street to Sankey Street
Museum Street – Arpley Street to Bold Street
Sankey Street – Legh Street to Bold Street
Winmarleigh Street – Museum Street to Wilson Patten Street
Winwick Street – Tanners Lane to Scotland Road
Between the hours of 9.00am and 1.00pm on Friday 1st July 2022:
Entire lengths of road: James Street; Naylor Street; Orford Street
Part lengths of road:
Academy Street – Buttermarket Street to Academy Way
Academy Way – Academy Street to Bank Street
Bank Street – Academy Way to Moulders Lane
Buttermarket Street – Scotland Road to Dial Street / Mersey Street
Church Street – Manchester Road to Farrell Street
Crosfield Street – Midland Way to Sankey Street
Dial Street – Dial Street to Mersey Street
Between the hours of 9.00am and 10.00am on Friday 1st July 2022 as required for the safe passage of the Parade as the procession progresses along the undermentioned street:
Knutsford Road – Wilderspool Causeway to Grange Avenue
New Road – Lord Street to York Street
York Street – New Road to Knutsford Road
Warrington Bridge – Its entire length
Between the hours of 9:25am and 1:00 pm on Friday 1st July 2022 as required for the safe passage of the Parade as the procession progresses along the undermentioned street:
Church Street – Farrell Street to Mersey Street
Between the hours of 9:30am and 1:00 pm on Friday 1st July 2022 as required for the safe passage of the Parade as the procession progresses along the undermentioned street:
Entire lengths of road: Bath Street; Bewsey Street; Edgworth Street; Orford Lane; Pinners Brow; Tanners Lane.
Part lengths of road:
Buckley Street – Erwood Street to Winwick Road
Legh Street – Midland Way to Bath Street
Midland Way – Edgworth Street to Legh Street
Rhodes Street – Orford Lane to Fitzherbert Street
Winwick Road – Buckley Street to Pinners Brow
Winwick Street – Pinners Brow to Tanners Lane
Between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00 pm on Friday 1st July 2022 as required for the safe passage of the Parade as the procession progresses along the undermentioned street:
Liverpool Road – Milner Street to Crosfield Street
Milner Street – Its entire length
Bicycles and Tricycles are included in the term vehicle and must not be ridden through any part of the above named streets during the hours specified. Any person wilfully acting in contravention of the above Order will be liable to a penalty not exceeding £400.
NB The above Order will cease to apply to any of the above-named streets as soon as the procession in its proper order has passed along any such street and any temporary barriers, signs, etc., are removed.