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Cycling in Runcorn

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Although not yet complete the new road layout and protected cycleway is looking very good.

An interesting little underpass. Bollards to keep cars out.

New asphalt surface approaching the Mersey Gateway bridge, before you cross the canal.

New asphalt surface beneath the Mersey Gateway bridge. Unfortunately the asphalt is ONLY beneath the bridge, the rest is compacted.

New asphalt surface beneath the Mersey Gateway bridge. Unfortunately the asphalt is ONLY beneath the bridge, the rest is compacted.

Bollards prevent motor access through the decks - while not hindering cyclists.

TWO years on and there is still no way to cycle from Runcorn to Widnes during weekdays.Work has overrun on the old bridge and cycling is prohibited on the new one - #103166

The tarmac finishes here

Sign directs the Bridgewater Way onto the right hand fork - which leads to some steps #88334. It is far more sensible to keep to the newly tarmacked towpath.

surface transition #54455 now fixed, with a tarmac surface under the bridge

Surface transition has been improved since #85012

Bridgewater Way (RCN 82)

New surface on Bridgewater Way (RCN 82)

Bridgewater Way (RCN 82) now with tarmac surface

Bridgewater Way (RCN 82)

New tarmac surface on Bridgewater Way. Not as smooth as it should be but a great improvement of the muddy towpath. #88161

It's annoying but not surprising that a multi-million pound high-level bridge can be built across an estuary in only 3 years, but a simple cycle lane takes even longer. Cyclists have to take a diversion around busy roads to bypass this clo ... [more]

This photo, looking south toward the bridge, gives an idea of how much space is being taken away from the carriageway and given to cyclists. The bridge is currently only open on weekends - on weekdays you must use a free bus service to cro ... [more]

New shared crossing facility on the north side of the Silver Jubilee Bridge. When the road is opened, this will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road and continue on toward Ditton Road in safety. The path on the right takes you ... [more]


Wide smooth tarmac cyclway - could do with direct access to the Heath school.


Tiny Sustrans sign directs you to a left turn ahead - if you notice it!

Path that sign #103365 point to - I'm not sure it is meant to be a cycleway.

Route sign - points down a narrow mud path down an earth bank #103366

Sustrans route sign on link from NCN 5 to NCN 562 in Runcorn - blink and you'd miss it. Also the direction is for route 562 not 62.

Council vehicle sweeping leaves from the Runcorn Loop cycleway

cycle bridge crossing the expressway slip road

Cycleway alongside Weston Point Expressway.

cycleway threading its way through a major junction on the Weston Point Expressway (A557). The zig-zag ramp heads up to the bridge on the right.

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Route sign. Either the arrow to Clifton is pointing in the wrong direction or the next sign is missing. You need to head along the road straight on (Grangeway) or turn left the immediately right on to the parallel service road (Whitchurch W ... [more]

Route Sign on Runcorn loop cycleway. (Pedestrian crossing #90774 now upgraded to a toucan.)

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Runcorn loop cycleway


Route continuity indicated by arrows on the pavement.

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Cycleway crosses Bridgewater Canal

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strange "END" sign painted on the road. The road ends here for cars, but the cycleway continues over the canal bridge.

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rubbish shared use pavement - with a green box


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shared use pavement loses priority at side road

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cycle bridge

Cycle bridge across the Central Expressway

Cyclist crossing the bridge over the Central Expressway in Runcorn.

Decent off the cycle bridge. The spiral ramp is a tad steep and narrow, but rideable with care.

Cycle bridge across Runcorn's Central Expressway with a spiral ramp.

Motorists may whinge about the toll, but at least they are actually permitted to use the Mersey Gateway bridge.

Cycleway goes up steps!

access control

Cycleway crosses road on a raised crossing

Easy to get round the barrier

awkward access control barrier

Norton Lane converted into a motor traffic free cycle route

Access control barrier - cyclists tend to avoid it by riding over the slope.

narrow unlit cycleway through Runcorn Town Park UPDATE 2020: Path is now wide and smooth

Cycleways through Runcorn Town Park

Cycle bridge across the Runcorn Central Exressway (A533)

tight chicane


Runcorn Loop cycleway crosses the busway via a pedestrian only crossing. UPDATE October 2018: crossing has been upgraded to a toucan #103239

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route sign points in the wrong direction

broken route sign points into the hedge

cycleway veers across high speed slip road.


overgrown bollard starting to obstruct cycleway

rusty bollards

cycleway yields priority to a side road.

Cycleway switches from one side of the road to the other with no assistance to cross.

Cycleway yields priority to a side road.

Cycleway just ends at the entry slip road for the expressway. Cyclists expected to get off and walk.

cycleway junction with Halton Brow via a high kerb.

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chicane barrier

zig zag ramp avoiding steps

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No dropped kerb at cycleway access point

No dropped kerb at cycleway access point

toucan crossing

Cyclists prohibited from riding on the Runcorn busway network

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route sign - points only in one direction

Cyclists not permitted on the shared space busway OR the pedesetrian square.

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