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Friday 18 April 2014

All aboard for HS2 but don't forget the Hospital

I am proud to represent the people of Leighton... I am also proud that our Hospital is based in my ward.

For many years my Father proudly worked at the Hospital as a porter, and in the early days he relied on buses to and from the Hospital every day.

I am a big supporter of HS2; imagine 20,000 new jobs and a transit link to and from the vital Bentley factory, via the town centre and the current station to the new station. Wow. More trains to Nantwich, a new station at Middlewich. Connectivity all round.

The Council’s plans for a new station include a new start for the whole of Crewe but let's not forget the Hospital.

3000 staff, 1000's of weekly visitors and all are vital, so we need to connect the Hospital.
Recently, some bus companies have cut the numbers of buses travelling to the Hospital, particularly in the early mornings and evenings, making it difficult for those who work at Hospital who rely the bus, and equally difficult for people relying on the bus at visiting times.
Leighton Hospital needs a new bus hub to connect all parts of Crewe to the Hospital, which would allow for more frequent buses.

Equally as important though, I believe we need a multi storey car park for the Hospital, to ensure there are enough parking spaces for every one visiting the Hospital by car, and keeping nearby streets free from the overflow parking my residents often contact me about.
In the council proposals I have seen they include a new bus hub to the University, the town centre and we must ensure the Hospital is connected too.
I am all for improving the roads and a new Sydney bridge, a new station and the growth that brings. More cycle ways and more buses and needed to too.
So I will ask the developers around the Hospital to provide new bus and car parking solutions and as the Council own some of the lands, we will make this happen.

Councillor Derek Bebbington

Leighton Ward, Crewe

Cheshire East Council

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