Cheshire East Council will be displaying plans for the Mill Street Corridor project, which would deliver a safe and green route for pedestrians and cyclists and link Crewe town centre with the railway station.

The council is consulting on plans for the project ahead of a planning application for the scheme being submitted, and is inviting people to go along to one of two drop-in events at Crewe Market Hall.

The first event will take place on Thursday 16 February from 2-7pm, with a further event taking place on Friday 17 February from 11am-5pm.

The Mill Street Corridor scheme aims to deliver an improved route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between the town centre and the existing railway station and proposed HS2 hub, as well as to deliver new and improved outdoor spaces and local amenities along the route.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and chair of its highways and transport committee, said: “Our plans focus on making the spaces along the route high-quality, accessible, and safe, while also supporting biodiversity and healthier lifestyles and encouraging community use.”

The new pedestrian and cycling route is proposed to run along Nantwich Road, Pedley Street and Railway Street, and cut through Waverley Court and Wesley Place.

From there it would run north along Mill Street then Brook Street towards the town centre.

Crewe Town Board chair Doug Kinsman said: “As with all projects being supported by the Towns Fund, we want to hear from Crewe’s communities about the benefits and opportunities they want to see delivered, and so I’d encourage people to take a closer look at what is being proposed and to have their say at the drop-in events.”

The Mill Street Corridor route is planned to link up with other proposed schemes, including the Valley Brook green corridor.

The route would also link with the Southern Gateway Pedestrian and Cycling Connectivity Scheme – one of the projects being progressed following Cheshire East Council’s successful £14.1m bid to the government’s Future High Streets Fund.

It would create a new arrival point into the town, with a new pedestrian walkway and cycleway between High Street and the Lifestyle Centre.

A view down Mill Street, Crewe