Cheshire East Council has successfully bid for £2.7m of Government to build a new link road built on the edge of Crewe which will unlock opportunities for growth in jobs, housing and prosperity.
The £4.7m* Basford West spine road will be built between the Shavington junction of the A500 and Gresty Road. This will help the town to realise its economic potential as part of the All Change for Crewe programme.
The half-mile stretch of road will improve access to Crewe railway station and then on into the town centre and will present opportunities to develop the existing land in the Basford West area for retail and leisure developments and also for much-needed new homes.
The land will also be earmarked for commercial use, including rail-related development such as the proposal for a HS2 infrastructure maintenance depot. In total, this will provide more than 2,000 new jobs and an additional £40m of value to Crewe’s economy.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is more excellent news for Crewe and further proves this Council’s commitment to helping this town to grow and thrive again.
“It also shows that this Government is taking Crewe seriously as a place for investment, because it recognises the town’s huge economic potential.
“The road itself will provide excellent local and strategic links to Crewe and Nantwich as well as the A500 and M6. It will ease traffic on the existing roads in the area and offer relief to other routes into Crewe, such as the A5020 and Weston Road.”
It is one of two bids Cheshire East Council submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) for a share of its Local Pinch Point Fund.
The authority is now waiting to hear whether it has been successful in applying for £2.8m to widen the B5078, which leads to the M6 at junction 16 at Barthomley.
Work is set to begin on the spine road in spring 2014 and will complement the construction of the Crewe Green Link Road, currently planned for May 2014. Works will be co-ordinated to minimise impact on the existing road network with the target completion date of the spine road being September 2014.
For more information and to view the bids, type ‘pinch point funding’ into the search engine at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk