Traffic signals upgrade to reduce congestion in Crewe
Cheshire East Council is pushing on with government funded highways works in Crewe this month, which will ease congestion in the town.
The traffic signal upgrade works on the busy Nantwich Road, Gresty Road, Edleston Road junction is the latest project supported by the Future High Streets Fund, following the council’s successful bid for a total of £14.1m and will see state-of-the-art junction controls installed.
The project, which supports the council’s carbon agenda and sustainable and active travel programmes, also includes improvements to the junction of Mill Street and South Street and the introduction of controlled crossing facilities at the junctions of Nantwich Road/South Street and Nantwich Road/Gresty Road.
The works will see the use of new ‘ImFlow’ technology – a system that is based on real time traffic intensity. It allows a more proactive approach to traffic control, easing congestion, reducing travel times and improving air quality.
Councillor Craig Browne, chair of Cheshire East Council’s highways and transport committee said: “This is an extremely busy section of road in Crewe, and I am very pleased that government funding has been allocated to help us make these important highways improvements.
“Naturally, there will be some disruption while these works take place, but they will deliver a very positive end result for all road users and residents. We have tried to minimise disruption by scheduling these works during the summer holiday season.”
Works start on Monday 31 July and will take approximately five weeks to complete. Diversion routes will be in place and can also be found on the One Network website.
The Future High Streets Fund has also approved other travel schemes in Crewe. The Flag Lane Link will significantly improve access to the town centre by reducing congestion and journey times in and out of Crewe by linking Dunwoody Way to Delamere street via Flag Lane. This project is on target for completion in September.
Planning permission was also recently granted for the Southern Gateway Pedestrian and Cycling Connectivity Scheme – providing a new pedestrian and cycling link between High Street and the Crewe Lifestyle Centre.
Regular updates on these schemes’ progress can be followed via the dedicated web page Traffic Signals Upgrade – Nantwich Road, Crewe and also through the council’s highways Twitter account at @CECHighways and its corporate social media channels.