Crewe drivers warned of 80-week roadworks around Leighton Hospital

The works are part of a package that aim to ease congestion around the facility in preparation for a new housing development

Drivers have been warned about 80 weeks of roadworks and closures around a Cheshire hospital. Work to deliver the North West Crewe Package (NWCP) in Leighton is due to begin at the beginning of May.

According to the roadworks website One.Network, construction will start on May 2 this year and will likely last until November 1 2023. This will mean a year and a half of disruption for drivers, including those attending Leighton Hospital.

The NWCP will introduce series of highways and junction improvements around the Leighton area. It will include the construction of a new road linking Smithy Lane, Minshull New Road and Middlewich Road (A530), as well as the realignment of Smithy Lane, Flowers Lane and improvements to other road junctions.

The description on the council website says it will ‘ease congestion and improve access to Leighton Hospital, bringing opportunities for local businesses to expand, as well as new and existing housing developments’. The latter includes the 1,250 new homes that were approved by the authority in November 2020.

The package also includes the extension of the walking and cycling route to Leighton Hospital and the north-west of Crewe. A section of Minshull New Road outside Leighton Academy will be closed to traffic in a bid to create a safer environment for children arriving and leaving the school.

Matrix signs have been erected in the area warning motorists of the upcoming work. Cheshire East Council has been contacted for more detail on the closures or measures that will be in place while the work is being undertaken.

The start of the main delivery of the scheme comes after preparatory work was carried out earlier this year. These were completed over a four-week period from January 31.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and chair of its highways and transport committee, said at the time: “The North West Crewe Package will bring with it major benefits, not least improved connectivity between the Leighton area and Crewe and quicker routes to the hospital.”

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