North West Crewe Package

The Scheme

The North West Crewe Package (NWCP) will improve roads and junctions around the Leighton area in North West Crewe. This will ease congestion and improve access to Leighton Hospital, and bring opportunities housing developments and for local businesses to expand.

The  NWCP will include:

  • the construction of a new 2.6km single carriageway road
  • 7 new roundabouts
  • realignment of Smithy Lane
  • Flowers Lane junction improvements on A530 Middlewich Road and Minshull New Road
  • extension of the Connect 2 walking and cycling route to Leighton Hospital and North West Crewe.

A section of Minshull New Road outside Leighton Academy will be closed to traffic creating a safer environment for children arriving and departing the school.

Check for the latest road closures, diversions updates and news about the scheme.

Public Engagement

Public exhibitions relating to the scheme were held between March and April 2018 at Leighton Academy in North West Crewe to inform members of the public and others with an interest in the scheme of the Council’s proposals and receive feedback for consideration in the further development of the scheme. A total of 134 responses were received, with the most common feedback relating to the closure of Minshull New Road, along with general support for the scheme. All feedback was analysed and where possible/feasible suggestions helped to inform the final design. 

You can find out more in our North West Crewe package engagement report (PDF, 9MB)


The scheme has full planning consent with conditions. 

A planning application for the North West Crewe Package was submitted to the Local Planning Authority in December 2018 and went before the Planning Committee in March 2019. A decision notice approving the scheme was received in July 2019, (see planning application details).

Full details of all applications can be found on the planning portal or within the documentation on the Statutory Orders page.

Prior to works commencing on site a number of the planning conditions need to be formally discharged by the Council’s Planning Department and the work to achieve this is at an advanced stage in relation to proposed construction works described below.

Following planning approval for the North West Crewe Package, the Local Planning Authority resolved to approve outline applications from developers of the adjacent Local Plan sites at the Council’s Strategic Planning Board in November 2020.

It is intended that delivery of the  NWCP scheme and adjacent residential housing development will be coordinated so that the majority of the highway improvements are delivered in advance of the planned housing at Leighton West.

The scheme, which is supported by £10m of funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, will bring opportunities for local businesses to expand and help to unlock the delivery of more than 1,200 homes and a sustainable community with new local services, green infrastructure, allotments, walking and cycle links, outdoor sports and recreation facilities and a new school.

Main Works

The main construction works are being carried out by contractor Balfour Beatty on behalf of Cheshire East Council and will take place from early May 2022 and last for around two years. This follows a package of early enabling works for the scheme, carried out earlier this year.

This will include the construction of 3 new roundabouts on the A530 Middlewich Road and a new roundabout on Flowers Lane and Minshull New Road. A new road with 2 roundabouts linking Smithy Lane, Minshull New Road and Middlewich Road (A530), as well as the realignment of Smithy Lane, Flowers Lane and improvements to other road junctions associated with the scheme as shown in the plan below.

Middlewich road proposed road layout

Statutory Orders

Following the Council’s making of statutory orders on 11 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed with modifications the following statutory orders on 30 April 2021:

  • 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.

Contact information


For any site related queries, contact our Contractor’s Public Liaison Offer contact Steve Doolan (Balfour Beatty)


Telephone: +44 (0)7708487463

Page last reviewed: 12 April 2022