North West Crewe Package (NWCP)

Thank you for submitting your feedback to the North West Crewe Package consultation exercise which ran between 5 March and 3 April 2018. Your feedback has been analysed and a report produced - NWCP engagement report (PDF, 8MB)

We received 134 responses with the most common feedback relating to comments regarding the closure of Minshull New Road, along with general support for the scheme. All feedback has been considered and where possible/feasible suggestions have helped inform the final design. 


A planning application for the North West Crewe scheme was submitted to the Local Planning Authority in December 2018 with the application going before the Planning Committee in March 2019. A decision notice approving the scheme was received in July 2019, planning application details.

The Local Planning Authority will also review the applications from the housing developers and are expected to decide on these applications to mid 2020. 

The planning and delivery of the NWCP and housing developer applications will be properly coordinated to ensure that the majority of the improvements are delivered in advance of the planned housing at Leighton West.

The current programme for the infrastructure is to commence work early 2021, with an estimated 100 weeks  construction period. This is subject to final land agreements and funding approvals.

The updated programme is as a result of the finalisation of land agreements and the implementation of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in order to acquire all outstanding land parcels required for the infrastructure works.

On 11 August 2020, the Council formally sealed and dated the following statutory orders:

  • The Cheshire East Council (North West Crewe Package) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020
  • The Cheshire East Council (A530 Middlewich Road Classified Road) (Side Roads) Order 2020
  • The Cheshire East Council (B5076 Flowers Lane Classified Road) (Side Roads) Order 2020
  • The Cheshire East Council (B5076 Flowers Lane Classified Road Fairfield Roundabout) (Side Roads) Order 2020

These orders are required in order to facilitate the construction of the North West Crewe Package highway scheme and start the formal process of obtaining powers to construct and improve the highway network, including using powers of compulsory purchase where necessary to acquire the necessary land as a matter of last resort. A full description of the Orders and supporting documents can be found on the Statutory Order details page.

The Scheme

The North West Crewe schemes aim to improve transport links in Crewe – reducing congestion and improve access to Leighton Hospital, bringing opportunities for local businesses to expand and improving the access to new and existing housing developments.

To help with this process, we propose to undertake a series of highways and junction improvements around Leighton. The highways scheme, known as the North West Crewe Package (NWCP) would include the construction of a new road linking Smithy Lane, Minshull New Road and Middlewich Road (A530).

It would include the realignment of Smithy Lane, Flowers Lane and improvement to other road junctions associated with the scheme. We also propose to close a section of Minshull New Road located outside of Leighton Academy to traffic.

Page last updated 19 August 2020