Wirral’s biggest development is set to overhaul one part of the borough and has bold new transport plans to make future residents less dependent on cars.

Wirral Waters, which is set to provide 13,500 homes along Birkenhead's docklands over the next 25 years, will feature cycling routes and a crucial new transit service.

Peel L&P, the scheme’s lead developer, wants to build what it calls the Wirral Waters Cycle Circular.

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This will feature a pathway/cycleway around the docks, connecting two of the project’s developments, East Float and West Float, and Bidston, as well as other key approaches to Wirral Waters.

Other projects include wider pavements for pedestrians and cyclists, with lighting and waymarking for safety, including the use of distinct colours and materials to define cycle lanes, for routes linking to Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead town centre and Hamilton Park to the south, as well as Liscard and Central Park to the north.

A much-anticipated scheme is the public transit service linking Wirral Waters to Merseyrail stations and ferries.

This project is designed to tackle the so-called ‘last mile’ problem, enabling future Wirral Waters residents to easily connect to the mainstream transport network rather than having to rely on cars to get to train stations and ferries.

The service is set to be low-to-zero carbon, with huge environmental benefits.

These transport projects are part of a plan which Peel L&P claim will make Wirral Waters the most cyclist and pedestrian friendly development in the UK.

Richard Mawdsley, Peel L&P’s director of development for Wirral Waters, said: “We want to make cycling and walking the natural first choice for residents, commuters, students and visitors in and around Wirral Waters and so we are putting in place high quality, safe and attractive routes as well as supporting social and community infrastructure.

“At Peel L&P we are committed to ensuring Wirral Waters is a low-carbon development with sustainability at its heart. Putting the infrastructure in place to make active travel as easy as possible not only benefits local people, but the environment too.”

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Mr Mawdsley added: “The Action Plan will make a significant contribution to the Wirral’s wider cycling network. At present, Wirral as a place to cycle is divided into two parts.

“To the west and north, cycling is easy thanks to extensive cycle paths and promenades. To the east around Wirral Waters, Birkenhead, Seacombe and Wallasey, cycling is more challenging due to a lack of supportive infrastructure.

“Peel L&P’s Action Plan for Active Travel will change that; better balancing and connecting cycling infrastructure across the peninsula.”