New bus interchange for Crewe

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A new bus interchange is on the way in Crewe, the Crewe Chronicle has reported.

Cheshire East’s cabinet approved a recommendation to set up a new Crewe bus interchange at the Royal Arcade, although it said work is not likely to start on the scheme until 2017.

The council is planning to relocate the bus station to unused land opposite Wellington House and Delamere House in the town.

According to a report written by Caroline Simpson, the council’s Executive Director for Economic Growth and Prosperity: “This location is also supported through the findings of the Your Town, Your Choice consultation, with 61% wanting an improved or new town centre bus interchange included within the Royal Arcade site.”

The scheme was welcomed by Cheshire East’s Crewe councillors.

The Royal Arcade site under consideration, which scored 107 out of a maximum 117 points for suitability, presents a number of other advantages over possible options, including:

  • The most effective option to address requirements for the flow of bus traffic through the town centre;
  • Lowest impact in terms of negative effects on neighbours, including residential areas;
  • Best opportunity for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Royal Arcade site; and
  • Greatest potential for the growth of bus service provision in Crewe, taking into account the increasing population of the town and plans for future growth.

Two other potential sites which scored highly against the 39 criteria assessed were the Delamere Street car park, with a score of 100, and Delamere Street on street, which scored 88 points.