Reader's Letter: Traffic disruption

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Several times in recent weeks we have been in the village weekend evenings and have been very concerned at high-powered motor cars and motorcycles roaring along the high street at dangerously high speeds and unacceptable noise levels.

Apart from the noise disruption, these speeds pose a serious danger to anyone crossing the road at these times. We have never seen police at these times.

This needs to be addressed urgently before somebody is killed. Clearly police surveillance is essential and urgent here.

Malcolm Gatley.

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David Hadfield
Monday 8th August 2016 at 5:53 pm
I totally agree Malcolm,
I see it at least once or twice almost every day whereby some lunatic races through the village high street at breakneck speeds, probably doing 50 or 60 mph I would guess.
These clowns should be immediately banned for life if caught, but catching them is a whole different matter as police presence is rarely seen here nowadays.
Yes, urgent action is required before someone is killed.
Malcolm Gatley
Monday 8th August 2016 at 7:30 pm
On weekend evenings the high street here seems to have become a regular attraction for speeding vehicles including powerful (and very noisy) motorcycles.
Jon Williams
Monday 8th August 2016 at 7:41 pm
Welcome to Alderley Edge !
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 8:33 am
A Possible solution/reduction.

The approach from the AESG side is the worst I think.

1) I spoke with Highways people some years back : it is possible to put in a second pavement on London Road, along the road edge passing the station approach. The road would still be legal in width but the narrowing might slow down the 'idiots'.
2) It would be possible to take off the tarmac on this stretch of London Road and then re-instate the cobbles underneath. I was told that the change from tarmac to cobbles and back to tarmac always causes vehicles to slow down.

It didn't happen back than as there was not enough political interest.
Things have got worse since then, so perhaps the time is now propitious?
Alan Brough
Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 2:11 pm
The problem is a serious one.

A couple of weeks ago I was driving North through the village observing the 30mph speed limit and noticed a sporty Audi closing fast on me from Congleton Road direction. As soon as there was a break in oncoming traffic the Audi accelerated around me and disappeared off into the distance. I would estimate it's speed at approx. 70 mph as it passed over the(blind hump!) railway bridge.

It could have been a coincidence that this overtaking manoeuvre was executed in front of a packed pavement full of Bubble Room clients.
Harry Martin
Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 3:40 pm
As this area is full of expensive homes then you will find it attracts expensive cars and some drivers who enjoy testing them out close to home . The simple way is speed cameras and prosecute although many find the fines rather amusing . For those who are traveling at 70 MPH , then why not a ban ? Saying that there are those that hire top lawyers who will be exempt .I can name at least 3 cases reported by the press.
Jon Williams
Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 7:37 pm
And then you have a so called "Motor Show" in Wilmslow to encourage you to buy one
Howard Worsley
Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 7:09 am
I am not condoning the people that race through the village and it does seem quite obvious that it is just showing off and often in cars that have some ability to stop quickly. Not that the drivers have the ability mind you.

However to me the worst speeding and most dangerous is by the drivers of the very large tractors with trailors.

These guys race through the village, in massive vehicles and I often wonder how they could stop quickly if needed?
Malcolm Gatley
Thursday 11th August 2016 at 1:35 pm
On Sunday I was driving home through the village at about 11.00pm. While passing Heyes Lane a car that was being driven very fast towards me in the centre of London Road suddenly veered over to my side.

I had to swerve and brake violently to avoid a potentially fatal head-on collision.

This confirms my previous point about the danger. Are we going to wait for a fatality before dealing with this danger?
Helen Williams
Sunday 14th August 2016 at 10:15 am
We are not a society that can self regulate there has to be a deterrent to stop the anti social behaviour, there has to be a police presence or cameras. It's the same prestige cars that Indore the double yellow lines & park where they like . There's very little ' village' about our village
Malcolm Gatley
Sunday 14th August 2016 at 7:06 pm
Saga continuing

This evening 7.40 S1 MYA black Aston Martin very fast in London Rd going north. I have reported this to the police.
Charlotte Campbell
Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 10:55 am
Really pleased to see this has been noticed and is being acted on. I live and work in Alderley Edge.. It isn't just at the weekends in the evenings. Since the beginning of the summer there have been high powered cars racing up and down London Road during the day, weekends AND week days. One car in particular roars down London Road at an incredible speed on a regular basis, sometimes passing 3 or 4 times a day. I think it is well worth having the road monitored for a few weeks. I know I and many others feel strongly that it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously hurt or worse, killed. An example needs to be made before it is too late.