WORK on the Greenway - a new pedestrians' / cyclists' pathway linking
Crewe and Nantwich - is making progress (the published finishing date is
November 2011). And some of my fears when I wrote the original
Letter from Nantwich have proved to be
For instance, the Greenway does
a neat diversion around the toilets (actually on the Consultation Plan
issued by Cheshire East Council in September 2010 if I had looked closely
enough) so we will be keeping one of the three serving the town after
[UPDATE: It was later closed
and is now a Town Council storage building.]
The trees adjacent to this
facility (below, right) have been neatly bypassed - and so will not need to be
felled - by squeezing the Greenway into the space between the trees and
the fencing of the former tennis courts. The area
of the sporting facility also now includes an imitation football pitch.
A feature of
the Greenway work are safety islands in the centre of the roads (that's
one of the two Barony Road ones, pictured above, centre).
l This update prompted
website visitor "A Regular Cyclist" to comment: "I would have
thought it would have made more sense for the cycle route to have
crossed the Barony by the traffic lights at Middlewich Road end and
then gone down Davenport Avenue and along Manor Road to the
Riverside, than come in to Beam Street. Surely they are not going to
take bikes through the middle of town are they? I speak as a regular
His comment prompted me to have
a further look at a Connect 2 publication issued by Cheshire East
Council last year and it does show that the route to Nantwich Riverside does,
indeed, go down Davenport Avenue, etc!
A footnote with the map says
"Element 5: Greenway and residential roads from the north side of
Nantwich bypass to Riverside at Mill Island, including controlled
crossings of the bypass and Middlewich Road and an uncontrolled crossing
of Barony Road".
In fact, according to that
leaflet, the Greenway reaches the Riverside somewhere around the
swimming baths but, then again, Mill Island is off
the bottom of the picture. [In the end, the Greenway didn't go down
Davenport Avenue, and the Barony Road section only goes as far as
Volunteer Fields. That's it above left].
Pictures: left, the Nantwich section of the
Greenway as it runs alongside Beam Street. The patch of soil to the left
of the new pathway, as seen in the picture, has been sown with
grass seed and will eventually match the verge and the parkland.
Smaller images: two more views,
in Barony Road, of the Greenway work.