Chamber update - Paul Colman (right) with Reaseheath College's Stephen Morris, Cheshire East Council's Chris Hindle, Alex Thompson and Cllr Peter Groves

South Cheshire Chamber members have been briefed on plans to drive forward
prosperity with multi-million pound package of road improvements.

Members attended a Chamber Local & Economic Update event at Reaseheath College.

It focused on an infrastructure programme to ease local bottlenecks and pave the way for new homes and jobs.

Major improvements to Crewe Green Roundabout will start towards the end of 2017, members were told.

This will remove a traffic pinch-point which has frustrated motorists and commercial vehicles travelling between the town, Haslington, Middlewich, Sandbach and the M6 motorway.

The new-look roundabout, widened to increase traffic flow, will include a dual use footway and cycleway.

Also in the pipeline is a £10.5m scheme to replace the single-lane Sydney Road rail bridge which crosses the Crewe to Manchester line.

In its place will be a two-lane structure supporting the B-road route to Leighton Hospital.

Cheshire East Council’s Head of Strategic Infrastructure Chris Hindle said: “Ending bottlenecks is good news for motorists and business, the local economy and environment.

“We aim to minimise disruption but there will be road closures in the area helping us to get on and deliver these improvements in months, not years.

“When consulted, the message from local people was just get it done.”

The improvements will support the Local Plan which includes 36,000 new homes, 31,000 jobs and a population forecast to grow by nearly 60,000 people by 2030.

South Cheshire Chamber Chief Executive Paul Colman said: “HS2 will bring great things to the area in years to come.

“But when meeting local businesses, the feedback is concern and frustration over the current road system and parking.

“The Chamber welcomes the planned improvements which will address many of the issues raised but will be pressing to ensure parking is a priority in these and future plans.”

They give members a chance to learn more about local and national issues impacting the economy and their businesses and include the latest results from the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey.

For information on the Chamber, visit www.sccci.co.uk

(Pic: Paul Colman (right) with Reaseheath College Business Development Manager Stephen Morris, Cheshire East Council’s Chris Hindle and Alex Thompson, and Cllr Peter Groves)

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