Leighton Greenway project team

A Nantwich environmental group is spearheading a scheme to boost eco-friendly transport links in Crewe.

Greenspaces South Cheshire has teamed up with partners to improve the route of the Leighton Greenway Extension project.

Work is set to start before Christmas, and members of the local Catch 22 Youth Project are also involved.

The route has been enhanced with tree planting and wildflower meadow areas.

Funding has come from the Community Development Foundation with important match funding for trees from NLH Deliveries in Crewe.

Local volunteers, Cheshire East Highways staff and pupils from Sir William Stanier School working on the John Muir Award took part in planting 100 native trees and shrubs.

The project is part of a national scheme of improved sustainable transport links and safe routes to school as funded by the Department for Transport’s Community Links Programme.

Cheshire East Council secured £400,000 of investment to work on a range of ideas, backed by Active Crewe Travel group (ACT).

Works include re-surfacing, safety improvements and new signage for important routes in the town and will complement the Connect2 cycle route being created next to Middlewich Road.

Peter Foster, regional director for Sustrans, said: “We are really pleased to see the progress of these important improvements to Crewe’s sustainable transport network.

“The fact we have other partners on board and assistance from the local community adds further value to the project, enhancing the landscape alongside these improved routes.”

Des Johnson, managing direct for NLH Deliveries, added: “We are pleased to be supporting this local initiative and providing native broadleaf trees which will assist with reducing the carbon footprint.”

(Pic courtesy of Wulvern Housing – l to r: Peter Foster (Sustrans), Paul Wade and Ben Wye (Active Crewe Travel), Diane and Michael (Catch 22), Des Johnson (NLH Deliveries), Rob Carey (CE Highways), James (Greenspaces), Dan and Tom (Greenspaces Volunteers) Front: Sir William Stanier Students)


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