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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Crewe rail station’s new entrance scoops top award

Crewe rail station's new entrance

The project which created Crewe’s new railway station entrance has scooped a top award.

The Crewe Rail Exchange scheme was completed in 2014, thanks to a partnership between Cheshire East Council, Network Rail, Virgin Trains, Balfour Beatty and Jacobs.

It has now won the prestigious ‘sub-regional project of the year award’ at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2015.

The project, which is part of the ‘All Change for Crewe’ regeneration initiative, also scooped a ‘highly commended’ in the ‘integration and collaborative working’ category.

The scheme is also in the running for national awards at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) this week.

The new entrance, which includes 254 parking spaces, sits on Weston Road and offers improved access to the station (including disabled access), a new lift and enhanced taxi and cycle facilities.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of regeneration and assets, said: “I am thoroughly delighted that the Crewe Rail Exchange project has won recognition both regionally and nationally.

“The new entrance is really good news for Crewe, looks fantastic and has helped to improve access into and around the railway station.

“I am really pleased too that the hard work and fantastic results of the Cheshire East team involved have won the recognition they deserve.”

The entrance sits on the site of the former Royal Mail office and cost £6.5m, funded by the Department for Transport, Cheshire East Council and Defra’s ‘access for all’ programme.

The North West Regional Construction Awards took place at Manchester’s Palace Hotel on Thursday, June 4. For more information, visit: www.constructionawardsnw.co.uk

The CIHT Awards 2015 are being held tomorrow (Tuesday, June 9), in London. More information is available at www.ciht.org.uk/en/events/ciht-awards

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