Crewe transport package approved

Cheshire East Council has been awarded £3.5m from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Among the proposed schemes the money will pay for are:

  • Shuttle bus to link residential areas in the north west of the town with employment areas in the south east
  • Shared cycle and pedestrian routes
  • Subsidised bus tickets for job seekers
  • Moped and bike loans to support young people from welfare to work
  • Working with larger employers, health care providers and education institutions to create Business Travel Plans to promote more sustainable travel
  • Real-time local transport information accessible by smartphone and the internet
  • Publicity campaign promoting sustainable travel and transport

The funding bid was part of the council's All Change for Crewe regeneration programme, which aims to unlock the growth potential of Crewe.

Cllr Peter Groves, Cabinet support member with responsibility for prosperity and economic regeneration, said: "This £3.5m of funding will have immediate and long-lasting effects on the prospects for economic growth and sustainable transport.

"The Government is already committed to help Cheshire East achieve its ambitious economic-growth targets. It is doing this via £6.17m of funding for phase one of the Crewe Rail Exchange Project and Department for Transport funding secured to deliver the £27m Crewe Green Link Road South."

The funding will be spent over the next two and a half years until March 2015.

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