About Halton - Liverpool City Region
|Runcorn New Town||Unofficial Town||45,000||Halton|
|Runcorn Old Town||Unofficial Town||24,000||Halton|
Halton Settlements - A Tale of Three Towns
Officially Halton consists of the two towns called Runcorn and Widnes,
with each town being on different sides of the River Mersey.
Culturally however, the borough consists of an additional town made up from the
'New Town' area of Runcorn.
In the latter half of the twentieth century the eastern side of Runcorn was allocated as new territory for the city of Liverpool. The 'Runcorn New Town' has its own town centre and a local busway transport infrastructure that's the envy of many council authorities.
The current population of the unofficial town exceeds forty five thousand people and like the rest of the borough, it's still growing.
Runcorn New Town - The Master Plan
For a more in depth view at how Halton and specifically Runcorn has
changed over the years, take a look at the original design plans for
the 'New Town' in Runcorn.
Click Here to see the Original Master Plan for Runcorn New Town
Initially, the plan was to build new homes in Runcorn for an ultimate population of 100,000 people. As such, the infrastructure for the new town was achieved for this figure by the 1980's, with a rapid transit busway system in place to commute the new town residents and a new town centre, complete with the 'Biggest Indoor Shopping Centre' in Europe.
Certain areas around Sandymoor, in the farthest eastern part of the town weren't constructed until recently, as a new private housing estate has been built on the site, with further construction on the horizon.
West Runcorn Today
West Runcorn consists of mainly the Old Town, Weston village, Weston Point and the Heath. In recent years it has seen massive investment in the infrastructure of the Old Town centre. The building of the award winning Brindley Theatre is part of a long term vision for the western side of Runcorn. Over 2,000 extra homes will be built along with further regeneration to the Old Town centre. The Runcorn Waterfront and the Mersey Gateway Port (Weston Docks) will also be built. There is great potential for the whole western coast of Runcorn which could soon be realised as the borough gradually begins to end its reliance on the chemical industry.
Runcorn New Town Today
Runcorn New Town is culturally very different to both Widnes and the rest of Runcorn.
Before 1964 the new town area was just vast open fields,
with the two villages of Halton and Norton consisting of only a few streets each.
Over a twenty year period, a huge housing masterplan created homes for over forty five thousand people from Liverpool. The culture and dialect of the new town area has remained scouse ever since, with strong family and sporting ties to Liverpool and its two premier league teams. For the most part, Runcorn is made up of two communities with different cultures that share the same name.
Widnes is a former town of both Lancashire and Cheshire. The name Widnes derives from the word wideness and refers to the width of the river around the Mersey Estuary. There are many local investment schemes that will significantly benefit Widnes. Schemes like the Liverpool Super Port which will help to transform the borough and regenerate vital areas. Widnes is redesigning itself for the future through major projects like the continued regeneration of the town centre, the Mersey Multimodal Gateway (3MG), the Widnes Waterfront and the West Bank regeneration.
Close to Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the northern bank of the River Mersey is the village of Hale. It has the Liverpool postcode 'L24' and saw a similar growth in population, albeit on a smaller scale to what Runcorn did between the 1960's and 1980's. During this time its population rose from 100 to nearly 2,000.
Smaller settlements in Halton
On the south side of the River Mersey are the small villages of Moore, Daresbury and Preston Brook.