Crewe cycle and walking route extension

We are planning to introduce a new cycle and walking route beside the A530 in Crewe. This will help improve access to employment and education sites for pedestrians and cyclists and provide opportunities for healthy living through physical activity. 

The 1.9km route

The 1.9Km route would connect with the existing off road cycle and pedestrian route between Nantwich and Crewe, which emerges near the Rising Sun public house at Wistaston, also known as the Connect 2 cycle route.

The paved extended route, which would run along side the A530, would deliver an important cycling and walking route into the heart of the North West Crewe development area for residents and commuters providing a link from Crewe and Nantwich to:

  • new job opportunities 
  • 1750 new homes
  • expanded Bentley Motors site which currently employs 4500 staff
  • Leighton Hospital
  • Leighton Academy 
  • existing residential areas in Leighton and Wistaston 

The proposals

The proposed cycling route extension (PDF, 1MB) gives more details about the route.

Illustrative layout of the route in zone B

The new route will be a high-quality shared path route, 3m wide and separated from the carriageway.

Cycling route zone B


 Illustrative layout of the route in zone C

The new route will be a high-quality shared path route, 3m wide and separated from the carriageway where space allows.

 Cycling route zone C

Progress to date

Public engagement to seek feedback on the proposed route extension happened in November 2019. 92% of respondents said they would walk or cycle more if the route extension was built.

In March 2020 a planning application was submitted for the proposed route. Approval was granted, with conditions, in October 2020.

We are currently completing a detailed design and we plan to start construction in 2023.

Page last reviewed: 15 August 2022