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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Partnership Improves Crewe’s Greenways


Local initiatives have come together to improve sustainable transport links in the north of Crewe.  Last week, project partners were on site working together to improve the route of the Leighton Greenway extension, which is to commence before Christmas.

The extended greenway route has been enhanced with tree planting and wildflower meadow areas as co-ordinated by Greenspaces South Cheshire with assistance from the local Catch 22 youth project.  Funding for these landscape enhancements has come from the Community Development Foundation with important match funding for the provision of trees from NLH Deliveries in Crewe.

Local volunteers, Cheshire East Highways staff and pupils from Sir William Stanier School working on the John Muir Award took part in planting 100 native trees and shrubs which will enhance the new greenway extension.

The Leighton Greenway Extension project is part of a national scheme of improved sustainable transport links and safe routes to school as funded by the Department for Transport’s Community Links Programme.  Cheshire East Council has been successful in securing £400k of investment to work on a range of measures in Crewe as supported by Active Crewe Travel group (ACT)  Works will  include re-surfacing, safety improvements and new signage for important route-ways in the town and will complement the Connect2 cycle route which is currently being created next to Middlewich Road.

Peter Foster, Regional Director for Sustrans said: We are really pleased to see the progress of these important improvements to Crewe’s sustainable transport network.  The fact that we have other partners on board and assistance from the local community adds further value to the project, enhancing the landscape alongside these improved routes.

Des Johnson, managing direct for NLH Deliveries added: We are pleased to be supporting this local initiative and providing native broadleaf trees which will assist with reducing the carbon footprint of our Crewe-based delivery company.

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