Whether your preferred mode of transport is walking, cycling, public transport or driving - the borough of Knowsley provides plenty of travel opportunities.
Within each of these sections, you will find useful information and recommended websites to help you plan your journey and travel in and around Knowsley and the Liverpool City Region.
Below is further general information to support your travel requirements and associated policies that you may find useful.
Travelling on foot
- The Knowsley Cycle Map incorporates shared use paths suitable for walkers as well cyclists. These paths are identified by orange lines.
- Public Rights of Way - many within private land - are also shown on the Knowsleys Highway Map identified by a bold red line.
- Merseytravel provide lots of information on walking around Merseyside, including access to online walking maps.
- Knowsley's Highways Map shows Public Rights of Way - the right to roam, which are accessible to walkers with conditions of passage. Knowsley Highways Information is openly available via online maps.
- The Trans Pennine Trail is a multi-user route designed with walkers in mind. Most of the Trail is relatively flat, so it provides easy walking, and is comprehensively signed.
- Living Streets is a national walking charity, they can provide information on the benefits and the ways to incorporate walking as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Travelling by bike
- Knowsley's Cycling Map provides local information about on and off road routes in the borough.
- Cycle Maps for all other Merseyside districts; Halton, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral and are also available from Merseytravel. Maps incorporate the Trans Pennine Trail National Cycle Route 62 and its access points.
- General information on cycling around Merseyside can be found on Merseytravel's website.
- New to cycling? PedalAway provide regular weekly rides from beginner to advanced. They have a number of ‘Cycling Hubs’ in Knowsley.You can find the latest updates on their Facebook page.
- Adult cyclist training and bike maintenance is available across Merseyside for anyone over the age of 16, more information about this is available from Merseytravel. Regular sessions take place and can provide you with skills to help to look after your bike and improve your confidence, safety and position on the road.
- If you're unsure if cycling is for you then check out Fitforme
- Sustrans cycling charity also offer plenty of advice and support.
- Merseyside Cycling Campaign are a committee of volunteers who deal with Merseyside wide cycling issues and campaign policy. They meet regularly to discuss current issues and planning matters and publish their quarterly cycling newsletter Pedal Press.
- Knowsley provides regular Wheels for All Sessions in Halewood.
- You can find a local bike shop here
- Cycle parking is available at points throughout Knowsley.
Travelling by bus
Travelling by train
Travelling by car
Travelling to school
- If your child attends a Knowsley school they may be entitled to a free school bus pass if the statutory walking distance from their school is more than two miles away (aged under 8) or three miles (aged 8 and over). You can find eligibility information on our School Bus Pass page.
- Children with special educational needs or disabilities may be eligible for assistance with travel between home and school. More information about eligibility can be obtained by calling 0151 443 2500 and speaking to our specialist advisors.
- All school aged children in Merseyside school years 5, 6 and 7 are offered road cyclist training through the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership. Please contact your child's school for specific training dates.
- We are currently developing a Local Routes website, which will provide highways information on local schools, crossing points, and much more in relation to travelling to school locally.
Travelling to work
- There is lots of help and advice available to support travel to work by sustainable means. The Cycle to Work Scheme is a national initiative which provides participants with a tax free incentive on the purchase of an bike and equipment. Ask your employer if they participate in the scheme. It’s really easy to join.
- Live, work or study in Merseyside? Age 16 or over? Cyclist training and bike maintenance sessions are free, based on the National Standards and help to build confidence and skills. Courses are funded by Liverpool City Region, Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and Bikeabiity and can be booked as individual bespoke sessions or you can join a group session near you. Find out more.
- In Knowsley, MerseyCycle offer reconditioned bikes at low costs. These bikes can be purchased for work or leisure. For more information visit their website or call 07738114243.
- Living Streets is a national walking charity, which offers advice and resources for workplace walking challenges.
- Merseytravel's website provides general information about travel by all journey types.
- Knowsley's Highways Map provides concise information on Knowsley's Highway boundaries, Public Rights of Way routes and adopted highway information.
- Road debris or pothole affecting your journey? Contact Tarmac—Knowsley Councils Maintenance Contractor on 0800 023 2334 or via email [email protected]
- To support travel choices in Merseyside, Merseytravel provide a journey planner which provides details on routes to work and leisure, including walking, cycling, and public transport stages of your journey.
- Travel Concessions for People with a Disability - you may qualify for a Merseytravel National Travel Pass if you have certain disabilities which are permanent or are long lasting. The pass will allow you to travel on buses, trains and Mersey Ferries. For more information visit Merseytravel's website.
- A number of walking and cycling clubs host activities in Knowsley. For more information check out our Parks and Green Spaces - Ranger Activities page.
- Don't forget - our Volair fitness centres have a dedicated BMX velodrome.
- Prescot also has its own Prescot Eagle Road Club for cycling.
- For more information and advice about the benefits of being more active, check out the Healthy Knowsley website and the Healthy Knowsley area of this website.
- The Ramblers' Association can advise on places to walk in Knowsley and Merseyside.
- The British Horse Society is the largest and most influential equestrian charity in the UK with over 100,000 members. Visit the British Horse Society website for more information and membership details.
- The Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) is an exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. The route passes through Knowsley close to Halewood Visitors Centre
- Read the Safer Driving for Work Handbook from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
- For more information on air quality in Knowsley, check out the Air Quality section of this website. You can also view the Liverpool City Region Air Quality Action Plan.
- Read more information about the Climate Emergency in Knowsley and in the Liverpool City Region.
- The RNIB provides information for blind and partially sighted people on travelling at home and abroad.
- The Merseyside districts of Knowsley, Halton, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral are overseen by the Liverpool City Regions Combined Authority in relation to travel and transport.
- The Liverpool City Region's Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018-28 sets out the longterm strategy for maintenance and new walking routes within Merseyside.
- The Local Journey Strategy is the Liverpool City Region's plan to address the challenge to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, address public health concerns, improve safety and cut traffic congestion.
- The Liverpool City Region Road Safety – Vision Zero, is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. You can find out more here.
- Read the Highways England Cycling Strategy from Highways England.
- The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is a strategic approach to developing a cohesive network of high standard active travel routes across the region improving walking, cycling and public transport options for residents.
- The Walking and Cycling Index (formerly Bike Life) is the biggest assessment of walking and cycling in urban areas in the UK and Ireland. Each City reports on progress towards making both walking and cycling a more attractive and everyday means of travel. Merseyside's Walking and Cycling Index can be found on the Sustrans website.