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Thursday 30 April 2015

Crewe station’s new entrance up for four awards


The project which gave birth to Crewe’s new railway station entrance has been shortlisted for a clutch of major awards.

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 been shortlisted for the ‘effective partnerships award’ by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) – a national prize.

It is also in the running for the ‘integration and collaborative working award’ and Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington ‘project of the year’ in the North West Regional Construction Awards.

Cheshire East Council has also been shortlisted for ‘client of the year’ in the same awards after being nominated by Balfour Beatty.

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.

Caroline Simpson, executive director of growth and prosperity at Cheshire East, said: “I am delighted that we have been recognised for the Crewe Rail Exchange project, both nationally and regionally.

“The new entrance is great for Crewe and has helped to improve access into and around the railway station.

“It opens up a new public subway to the platforms, meaning there is now an additional way of getting into the station.”

Andrew Ross, Cheshire East Council’s strategic highways and transport manager, added: “This is all down to some fantastic work from the team involved and they deserve to be recognised and win awards.”

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 take place in Manchester on Thursday, June 4. To find out more and to see the shortlists for the awards, visit

The CIHT Awards 2015 follow on Tuesday, June 9, in London. More information is available at

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