Flag Lane link

This project is supported by the Future High Streets Fund

We have a plan to improve access to Crewe town centre. Flag Lane Link Road MapWe are planning to create a number of new routes into the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles. The changes will make it easier for people to get in and out of town, reducing congestion and journey times.

The long-planned Flag Lane is part of this improvement plan and link will connect Flag Lane to Dunwoody Way via Harrison Drive.

Work will be done in two phases

Phase 1 – build a link and new junction at the end of Harrison Drive to help ease congestion and improve travel options into the town centre. The new link road and junction will not have traffic lights and no new street lighting will be added. This will reduce light pollution and disturbance. Phase 1 construction will begin in Spring 2022.

Phase 2 - upgrades to local footpaths, add cycle lanes and improve junction visibility. Phase 2 can’t be completed at the same time as phase 1 due to the planning process and we expect construction to start in 2023.

Flag Lane - preview renders

Impact and Improvements

Traffic and road safety

This will not be a major route into Crewe town centre and safety is the number one priority for us. Our town centre-wide plan will help reduce driver frustration by reducing congestion and journey times. Driver frustration often contributes to accidents.

We will be monitor vehicle speeds once the new junction and link road have been built, to make sure that the road remains safe at all times. Funding will be available if there is a need for additional speed management or traffic calming measures.

We are surveying to understand the possible impact that the new junction and link road will have. This includes noise and vibration surveys and the results will help us design the scheme. Some home-owners in the immediate vicinity of the road may be eligible for compensation through a claim made under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act. More information can be found on gov.uk here: https://www.gov.uk/compensation-road-property-value


A small number of informal parking spaces on Harrison Way will be removed. Our parking surveys have shown that there are alternative options in the area. We will keep parking under review and any issues that arise during phase 1 of the scheme will be addressed in phase 2.

Walking and Cycling

To improve walking, cycling and other active travel options to and from the town centre we will:

  • remove the cycle barriers which obstruct cycle lane between Bateman Close and Flag Lane
  • look at options to upgrade the footpath between Flag Lane and Windycote Chester Street car park into a separate cycle lane and footpath.


Your views are important to us.

Your feedback will be used to inform the design of both phases of the scheme but we will engage with stakeholders and local residents again once detailed plans for phase 2 works are ready to be published.

Sharing them with us at this stage will help us improve the design of this scheme. We want to know what you think the benefits of the scheme are and how we can make the most of them.

We also want to hear your concerns and how you think we can address them.

Take part in this Flag Lane Link Survey to give us your views.

For more information on our other projects see Crewe Future High Streets Fund.

If you have any questions, email the Flag Lane link engagement team at flaglanelink@cheshireeast.gov.uk or drop in and see us at our engagement event in Crewe Market Hall.

We’ll be there on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 October between 11am and 6pm. Just look for the Cheshire East Council banners! 

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