Councillors from Cheshire East Council were joined by guests at the official opening of the improved Crewe Green Roundabout.
Schoolchildren added the finishing touches with councillors as Cheshire East Council’s £7m improvement scheme was officially opened.
Construction of the new oval-shaped roundabout began in January this year and is now fully operational, having been completed on schedule.
As well as wider junctions so that traffic can merge from different directions, the new roundabout features shared cycle-ways and foot-ways and crossing points for cyclists and pedestrians.
In addition, other than at pedestrian crossings on link roads to the junction, the roundabout operates without traffic lights.
The improvement works have removed a major traffic pinch-point in the town, while contributing to the enhanced M6-Crewe corridor and injecting a further boost to the local economy ahead of the arrival of HS2.
Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We are thrilled that these improvement works have been completed and are pleased to have received feedback from road users who have reported significantly improved journey times.
“The new roundabout helps to ensure that Crewe has the right infrastructure in place as we push ahead with ambitious plans to transform Crewe and become HS2 ready.
“I would like to thank residents and road users for their patience and understanding while this scheme was undertaken, and thank the project team for their efforts to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum.”
Funding for the roundabout scheme has come from developer contributions and a £3.3m grant through the Local Growth Fund (LGF), contributed by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
The roundabout works were carried out by Balfour Beatty on behalf of Cheshire East Council.
During the project, which created seven new jobs for local people, the team delivered educational activities to more than 1,500 young people, supported community events and raised funds for various charities.
Paul Weaver, Balfour Beatty managing director west delivery unit, said: “We are proud to have worked in partnership with Cheshire East Council to deliver the Crewe Green Roundabout.
“This is a local scheme with local benefits – including that 93 per cent of our project budget was spent with local businesses, reiterating Balfour Beatty’s commitment to returning value to local economies wherever we work.”
The council has invested considerably in securing investment in highways schemes in Crewe, including the £26.5m Crewe Green Link Road (David Whitby Way), £7m Basford Spine Road (Jack Mills Way) and improvements to the A500 at Junction 16. In addition, funding has been obtained to work up proposals for the ‘dualing’ of the A500 between Crewe and the M6, estimated to cost £57m.
Last month, work began on the £11m Sydney Road Bridge improvement scheme, which has largely been financed through the Department for Transport and CWLEP with a £5.8m grant from the Local Growth Fund.