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A £48.3 million pound regeneration of Crewe Town Centre has been given the green light by Cheshire East Council.

The Royal Arcade site revamp is expected to include a new eight-screen cinema, gym, restaurants and shops.

It would also feature a new bus station, 450-space multi-storey car park and a refurbishment of the Market Hall.

The hope is that the plan will trigger wider regeneration, investment and growth in Crewe and ensure that the town is well placed to benefit from its status as a HS2 rail hub.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It’s essential that Crewe becomes better placed to benefit from all that HS2 can bring, as well as deliver the ambitious economic growth targets outlined in the emerging Constellation Growth Strategy for the sub-region.”

“These plans will build on the £25m investment that has already been realised through the lifestyle centre and university technical college and we are confident that it will act as a catalyst for much more private sector investment in the future.”

The local council will allocate £15 million for the project, along with £10 million from the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and £23.6 million in private sector investment.

Jez Goodman, Strategic Regeneration Manager at CEC, says Crewe, like many other town centres, needs this revamp: “Town Centres have to find a new role for themselves which isn’t just focussed on retail, but tries to attract visitors into the town centre to have more leisure time.”

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