Cheshire East invites public to comment on HS2 consultation
Cheshire East Council is nearing the end of its six-week consultation on the type of development that could be seen around Crewe railway station following the arrival of HS2, and is urging the public to have their say on the proposals.
The draft plans, set out an emerging development strategy and key policies as the next step in preparing an area action plan around Crewe station, and once fully agreed, they will allow the council to manage development and support the regeneration of the area prior to HS2’s arrival.
The concept of a new road bridge, south of Crewe station, is one of the transport ideas currently being proposed within the plan. The bridge is proposed following consultations that took place at the end of 2018, and seeks to address a number of matters raised such as; traffic congestion, a poor environment and difficulty accessing the station from Nantwich Road. Concerns were also raised about how these matters impacts access to Crewe town centre.
The bridge proposal, which is subject to the consultation and one of a series of potential measures to improve accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and motorists, would provide a new link between Gresty Road and Weston Road.
Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council’s executive director of place, said: “The area action plan development strategy was discussed and endorsed by the cross party strategic planning board before being approved for consultation. It contains a number of potential proposals for new development and infrastructure around Crewe station.
“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the draft plans and contribute to this consultation.
“With regards to the new road bridge proposal, this is at a very early stage – and is subject to consultation now, along with other proposals, to ensure we receive public feedback.
“There is no suggestion that houses will need to be demolished to create a road bridge – it is one proposal to improve access in and around the station, in particular taking pressure off Nantwich Road, and free routes that serve the town centre.
“Most people would agree that the current station entrance does not work very well for anyone at the moment – with HS2 on the way we therefore need to think about new transport solutions.”
The consultation is open now and ends at midnight on 26 March 2019. Further details can be found on the Area Action Plan for Crewe web pages.