New £7m link road in Crewe opened
The Basford West Spine Road, which links the A500 at Shavington with Gresty Road, will be named Jack Mills Way. The new £7m road linking the A500 at Shavington with Gresty Road in Crewe will be open by Monday (July 27) evening.
The 0.7-mile highway – previously referred to as the Basford West Spine Road – will be named Jack Mills Way, after the late train driver from Crewe who was attacked during the notorious Great Train Robbery in 1963. Mr Mills’ grandson, Ian Mills, will be on hand to unveil one of the road signs during a special ceremony on Monday.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson and Cheshire East Council’s deputy leader and Cllr David Brown, will also be present for the unveiling. A Cheshire East spokesman said: “Morning Foods, one of Crewe’s long-established businesses based on Gresty Road, just off Jack Mills Way, will also mark the occasion by driving some of its fleet along the road as the first official user.”
Cheshire East Council successfully lobbied the Department for Transport for ‘pinch point’ funding for the road, which is designed to ease congestion in the area and open up 35 hectares of employment and housing sites on Crewe Commercial Park. This is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs and boost the economy by an estimated £40m.
The council’s developer partner, Goodman, will also be present for the unveiling, as well as road contractor John Sisk Ltd