Leader of Cheshire East Council Michael Jones

Ministers have earmarked £15 million for a key link road to help boost growth for Crewe and Nantwich.

Department for Transport today confirmed £15.64m funding for the 1.1km Crewe Green Link Road South dual carriageway project.

The £26.4m project is viewed by Cheshire East Council as a key element in plans to revitalise Crewe centre and surrounding areas of South Cheshire.

It will run between the A500 Hough-Shavington bypass and the A5020.

It aims to create an alternate bypass for Crewe, and improve access to the A500 and M6, alleviating traffic passing through the town.

It could also help unlock two major employment sites at Basford and create of up to 12,500 jobs over 20 years.

The announcement means work on the new route could start by the end of July, with completion expected in October 2015.

Cheshire East Council Leader Cllr Michael Jones said: “It will improve connectivity between areas of deprivation to the north of Crewe, the town centre, the rail station and major employment opportunities to the south east.

“And it will also act as a major catalyst for further commercial investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

“This latest funding follows our moves to secure a strategic HS2 rail hub in Crewe, worth up to £2.8bn in investment and economic benefits by 2030, investment of £6.177m to improve access to Crewe Rail Station which opened this month, and planned improvements congestion pinch points at M6 junctions 16 and 17.”

Cheshire East Council and other developers will meet the outstanding costs required for the road.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “This scheme is great news for Crewe and will support the economic growth and regeneration of the town, including the ‘All Change for Crewe’ strategy.

“The £15.6 million we are putting into this project shows we are serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth, both locally and nationally.”

Other recent successful bids to the DfT include £9.5m to ease congestion around junction 16, and £2.7m of ‘pinch point’ funding for the Basford West spine road linking the A500 at Shavington with Gresty Road.

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