We believe that active travel should be a realistic, normal, comfortable choice.
To do this we propose these Next Steps for the Crewe & Nantwich Vision:
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence advises the NHS to promote active travel, proving it helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. It keeps the musculoskeletal system healthy and promotes mental wellbeing.
Here is a list of the type of infrastructure improvements we were first seeking in the Crewe and Nantwich area in 2014, and we are pleased that significant progress has been made
- Complete the Leighton greenway to Leighton Hospital and into the town centre, and install toucan on greenway over Bradfield Road near Selworthy Drive junction. PARTLY ACHIEVED
- Convert public footpath alongside Manchester railway to a bridlepath and connect via Sydney Road bridge to Lime Tree Avenue. COMPLETED 2016
- Widen the Manchester bridge footways to accommodate peds/cyclists (part of wider Crewe bridges project) REFUSED BY NETWORK RAIL
- Install footway on Sunnybank Avenue railway bridge (part of wider Crewe bridges project) REFUSED CURRENTLY
- Extend Brine Leas route (NCN551) to Nantwich town centre and riverside including safe crossings of Park Road and Waterlode.COMPLETED
- Construct walking/cycling route from riverside path at Snow Hill via leisure centre/pool to Wall Lane/Beam Street IN PROGRESS
- Provide covered cycle parking and pump and repair points in town centre COMPLETED 2017 but broken in 2020
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Leighton Greenway In Crewe comes tantalizing close to both the shops in Crewe town centre and to Leighton Hospital where some 2,000 people work. So instead of providing a perfect offroad path into town and to the hospital for thousands of people who live or work in the area, it's a route that starts no where and ends no where.
So, by National standards, the Crewe still has an awfully long way to go. It has a handful of short segregated cycle paths none of which are linked to each other, making it impossible to travel safely across the town. But the decision about whether to Join-up these routes or to build new ones is yet to be made.
You can help by writing to the Council and sharing with them your experiences of cycling/walking Leighton Greenway A simple email would help, just letting them know how much you value being able to use the route, how it's made your journey safer or faster or encouraged you to cycle more and leave your car at home.
Improving safety for cyclists is a particularly hot issue for Cheshire East Council at the moment. The Authority knows it has a poor record in providing segregated routes for cyclists and this is the button you could push if you decide to write. Segregated routes allows adults and children safe and sensible routes from their homes to school, shops, and work.
Alternatively, if you want to go higher up the ladder, write to your local councillor, or the Leader of Cheshire East
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As evidence of our impartiality, in 2012/13 we have spoken to the Home Secretary and local MP, the Leader of the Opposition and the Labour candidate for Crewe and Nantwich. All backed active travel!