Regeneration fund to prepare for High Speed Rail in 2027
Crewe Chronicle: Preparations to make Crewe HS2 ready have had a £10m injection.
The government has awarded the Local Growth Fund grant over a four year period to support Crewe’s town centre regeneration plans under Cheshire East Council initiative ‘Crewe – High Speed-ready Heart’.
Cllr Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "I am very pleased that the council has secured this funding as it enables us to take our plans for the regeneration of Crewe further forward which is going to be vital if we are going to deliver the full benefits that HS2 can bring to the borough."
Cllr Bailey added: "While this is a great start to the new year for Crewe, we are not complacent and must work extremely hard to realise the town’s potential.
"Our conversations with the business community and the government give us confidence that we’re on the right track, and our collaborative approach with local stakeholders such as the town council and chamber of commerce will be crucial in driving forward Crewe’s transformation.”
Cllr Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration at Cheshire East Council, said: "This council has already secured more than £50m in recent years to deliver major infrastructure schemes and key town centre projects in the town, such as the Lifestyle Centre and University Technical College, which both opened in 2016.
"The additional funding from the government will further assist Crewe in becoming HS2 ready."
The £10m funding is part of the government’s £43.3m injection into the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. This is the sub-region’s share of a total £556m investment for the Northern Powerhouse, split between the region’s 11 LEPs, unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson added: "Good to see government at both local and national level putting its money where its mouth is, and committing significant money to the regeneration of Crewe town centre at what will be a potentially revolutionary time in Crewe’s proud history—particularly with HS2 moving ever closer into view."