THE cones have finally been removed from the entrance to Crewe's newest road - two months after construction ended.
Vehicles were allowed on to the first phase of the £4m Crewe Green Link Road for the first time at 3pm on Monday.
Cheshire County Council spokesman Ian Callister confirmed that, after discussions with landowner the Duchy of Lancaster, highways officials had opened the road.
He added: 'Traffic is light on the road at the moment but we anticipate that over the next few weeks, as people get to know that it is there and plan their new route, the volume of traffic will increase.'
County councillor David Brickhill had criticised the Duchy of Lancaster, which manages land for the Queen's estate, for delaying the road's opening until planning permission was given for development.
This week Cllr Brickhill said he is delighted with the road, which links the A534 Haslington Bypass with the A520 Weston Avenue.
He said: 'Last night I was driving up and down it with glee.
'It is just a pity we had to wait two months for the Duchy to get it open to traffic.'
Cllr Brickhill expects the link road to make a difference to traffic flow in and around Crewe.
He said: 'I hope that it takes a lot of traffic away from Crewe and that the people on Narrow Lane see less traffic passing through. It will be a great advantage for people on the Sydney side of Crewe who want to go south on the motorway.'
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council planners have granted construction firm Pochin permission for 40 acres surrounding the road to be developed into warehouse, office and car showroom facilities, bringing an estimated 500 jobs to the area.
The second phase of the Green Link Road will link up with the A500 Shavington bypass, providing a swift link to the M6 from central Crewe.