Following confirmation that a new one way system on West Street will be funded by the Wilmslow Area Highways Partnership (which allocates about £22,000 a year to various small scale projects across Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Handforth) money is now available to introduce traffic lights on Chorley Hall Lane, rather than a one-way system.
Councillor Craig Browne had been planning to use S106 funds for the one-way system but as this money is still available he is suggesting the £50,000 be used to install traffic lights at the railway bridge on Chorley Hall Lane to improve safety for pedestrians - particularly those with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Speaking about the Wilmslow Area Highways Partnership decision to fund the one-way system on West Street, Councillor Browne said "As a consequence of that traffic lights, rather than a one-way system have now been added as a scheme for consideration. It is important to recognise that such a scheme will still need further investment from the highway's budget and that this is not yet guaranteed but it is at least being considered."
The cost of installing traffic lights on Chorley Hall Lane would be about £100,000 so Cheshire East Highways will need to be persuaded to come up with the other £50,000 from the capital budget.
Councillor Browne added "The resident's survey which I ran last year showed that 82% of respondents agreed that the footpath over the railway bridge is dangerous for pedestrians and people with wheelchairs and pushchairs. However, only 62% thought a one-way system was the correct response to that.
"I recognise that a one-way system was not everybody’s preferred solution, but sometimes it is necessary to show that you have thoroughly considered and investigated less popular options."
Councillor Browne now plans to repeat the survey over the coming days but with traffic lights as the proposed solution rather than a one-way system. (Once the survey has been put together we will add a link to it on alderleyedge.com.)
He also confirmed that with the revised proposal, not being a one-way system, it would be mean that the provision of an additional 18 on-street parking spaces would probably not be possible.
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