Crewe is better known for its train station than being a major hub for bus services, but local and national services do run in and out of this historic railway town in Cheshire. Services are mainly operated at local level by the large bus operator, Arriva, but other shorter routes are offered by local company D&G Coach. Arriva services allow people from around Cheshire, Greater Manchester and the Peak District to journey to Crewe, with services operated from Leighton, Nantwich, Altringham, Macclesfield and High Peak. At a national level, a service offered by National Express passes through the bus station with regular services to Crewe from Great Yarmouth and Birkenhead.
The town of Crewe grew due to the arrival of the railway in 1837, from here the small settlement that grew beside the station took the name given to the area by the railway companies. Crewe has remained an important part of life in Cheshire with much of the culture of the area based in the town, including performances at the historic Lyceum Theatre. Shopping in the town is generally on a small scale, largely because of the easy movement of shoppers into the larger areas of Manchester, Chester and Liverpool. The small town centre offers a small, tree lined street filled with local and nationally recognised shops, bars and restaurants. Sport has always played a major role in the history of the town, with the famous Crewe Alexandra Football Club playing in the lower leagues of English football throughout much of the last century. Despite these famous attractions and sites, perhaps the most obvious reason many visitors travel to the town is to pay homage to its history as a luxury car production centre. Throughout the 20th century, Crewe was home to the production of Rolls-Royce cars and now houses the production plant for the iconic Bentley cars.