Southern Gateway 

Crewe town centre regeneration programme works

As part of a phased scheme to improve the route for pedestrians and cyclists from the south of Crewe into the town centre, the council has appointed contractors to deliver the first phase.

Known as the Southern Gateway project, it will improve the link from Mill Street/Oak Street/Vernon Way to Forge Street. This is a project that is being funded by the Government’s Future High Streets Fund programme.

When and what is happening

The Southern Gateway project will commence on Monday 10 June 2024 and will require High Street to be partially closed in phases. The project is expected to be completed early 2025.

Before these highway improvement works start contractors need to set-up at the site for them to work on the project. We understand that this can be disrupted but this is essential for the delivery of the Southern Gateway scheme.

The works will take place will include:

  • installation of a new shared cycleway/footway between High Street and Forge Street
  • improvements to the existing uncontrolled crossing to update it to a parallel crossing between Vernon Way 
  • new street lighting, trees and shrubs and other features such as a rain garden between Forge Street and High Street
  • changes to the footpath arrangements underneath Mill Street bridge
  • widening of the footway on High Street
  • improvements to the roundabout on Oak Street/Vernon Way
  • installing improved signage

Road closure and diversions routes

Under current Health and Safety legislation and for the safety of our workforce and members of the public, it will be necessary for a road closure to be in place during these works.

The project will commence on Monday 10 June 2024 and will require High Street to be partially closed in phases (from Cross Street to Vernon Way) while the construction works take place. Access for businesses will be maintained. The project is expected to be completed in early 2025.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained where possible and will only be restricted when absolutely necessary.

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained for the duration of the scheme.

Roadworks, closures and diversions are displayed online on our roadworks map.

Further information

  • The road closure and traffic management are necessary to protect the safety of both members of the public and our workforce whilst we complete the most complex aspects of the scheme
  • Diversion routes will be signed to assist in the movement of traffic while works progress
  • Local businesses remain open and access will be maintained where possible
  • Access to properties will be maintained and coordinated by our team onsite
  • On site personnel will be on hand to provide help and advice to members of the public for the duration of the scheme and are the best way to find out more information about these works
  • Delays are expected and motorists should plan journeys accordingly
  • Signage will be out in advance of the works starting, located at key points on the road.

Page last reviewed: 27 June 2024