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New look Crewe station unveiled
THIS is the very first glimpse of how the new entrance to Crewe Railway Station will be transformed following a £6.5m cash injection.
The graphic shows a shiny glass facade to replace the outdated Royal Mail sorting office and a lower ground access to platforms via a revamped pedestrian subway.
The new state-of-the art layout also caters for vehicle drop-offs at the front of the station, new taxi rank and disabled access.
A new surface-level car park of 258 spaces and 14 disabled spaces will also be created.
This week sees start of the demolition of Weston House which will be replaced by the new development and will enhance the customer experience at the station.
Commuters will have the option of parking at the front of the building, creating a convenient and easy travel hub destination.
It’s all part of the council’s strategic plan to enable Crewe to become an economic power house by 2030 with new jobs, businesses and investment.
The unveiling comes at a key stage in the project, with the demolition of Weston House and eight weeks of traffic restrictions on Weston Road beginning next Monday, August 12.
Clr Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council, said it was about time the station had an entrance it deserves.
“The revitalisation of Crewe’s Railway Station is a keystone for long-term regeneration as part of the wider 20-year ‘All Change for Crewe’ project,” he said.
“It is about time Crewe Railway Station got the presentation it deserves with an entrance that is prestigious and impressive.
“There is still a lot of hard work to be done – and we will not be complacent about this, as a revitalised rail hub providing enhanced connectivity will be critical to boosting the town’s visitor economy and its attractiveness to business.
“We would ask that motorists and commuters are patient during this period and plan their journey in advance.”
Network Rail’s route managing director, Dyan Crowther, said: ”This is much needed investment in an important station on a critical rail artery – the West Coast main line.
“The £6.5m injection will create a much more welcoming and accessible station for its thousands of daily users.”
For further information about the project, visit the council’s website at cheshireeast.gov.uk/crewerail.
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