Traffic lights proposed for Chorley Hall Lane


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

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.

What do you think about plans to install traffic lights at the railway bridge on Chorley Hall Lane? Do you think it is necessary to improve safety? Or would you prefer to see it made one-way? Share you views via the comment box below.

Chorley Hall Lane


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 6:45 pm
Traffic lights. I know many places in the country where this works well, such as canal bridges built in an era of horses and carts.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 8:36 pm
I know slightly off topic but before all this money is "blown" can someone in the know tell me why we had Wilmslow road closed over half term for 1 week when all that was resurfaced was (the admittedly) bad stretch at the Brook Lane junction. I am glad that has been done but we were told that "Wilmslow road was scheduled to be resurfaced in early 2018 and road closures and diversions would be in place". So upshot is 1 week closure and inconvenience for 1 small rectangle. To add insult to injury procceding south toward the village and there is a massive trench on the road going over the bridge. Are these Highways engineers for real? They had the equipment and road closure in place all week and they would have actually driven OVER THAT HUGE POTHOLE. Perhaps they are just idiots ?Seriously why are they getting away with this nonsense? And I still do not understand why Heyes Lane is being included in the capital budget after April as we were told and then it is not and now they do not know one way or the other 2 full years after problems were flagged. I resent a huge hike in my Council Tax and the glossy expensively produced booklet produced by our Council patting Highways on the back. This is NOT good enough and I just wondered if our hardworking Councillor Craig has any further information on the 2 issues mentioned above.
Oh, and "stop the presses the 3 potholes close to each other on the road to Macc' just by the Slade Lane junction? Well they were reported to the "crack" Highways team in the second week of January and their solution? Slap a set of traffic lights there for just under 3 months, as my granson would say "epic FAIL" CEC....
Ian Cook
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 12:25 am
Couldn't have said this any better, it's getting deeper and wider by the day!

To add insult to injury procceding south toward the village and there is a massive trench on the road going over the bridge. Are these Highways engineers for real? They had the equipment and road closure in place all week and they would have actually driven OVER THAT HUGE POTHOLE. Perhaps they are just idiots ?Seriously why are they getting away with this nonsense?
Chris Howlison
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 9:55 am
Lights on the bridge will be so much better than a one way system. The one way would force many more cars to join the heavy traffic through the villiage towards the station, and that is bad enough already.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 10:09 am
Lights holding up traffic again, should have been one-way !
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 10:17 am
Will the 'new' plan allow for widening of the footpath over the bridge?
What length of C.H.L. will be virtually one-way due to traffic lights?
Charlie Gaughan
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 9:17 am
Well done common sense at last good job craig you’ve had to work hard at that . let’s hope everything else starts falling in place for you and the team
Giles Geddes
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 4:08 pm
I think traffic lights are a great idea. Fingers crossed the £50k can be stumped up.
David Hadfield
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7:08 pm
Coming back to the POTHOLE situation, I entirely agree with both Tony Haluradivth and Ian Cook ....... why didn't the Highways Agency or whatever they're called repair the massive pothole on the bridge coming into Alderley from Wilmslow, near the station / Piccolinos ?

Furthermore, THIS MORNING these guys were filling-in potholes just in front of the entrance to Alderley Edge Tennis Club, but yet, literally another 2 yards away, they didn't repair another one ? Why not ? ....... Who is in charge of these workmen ?

The whole subject of POTHOLES in Cheshire is a joke, or at least it would be a joke if it were not so serious ...... wonder how many motorists are claiming for damaged tyres and wheels that have to written off due to the inefficiency of the Cheshire Council Clowns ?

Could someone tell me the name of the Cheshire Councillor who is responsible for Road Maintenance ? ..... Maybe we should all write to him to show our disgust at his useless programme and policies ?
Pete Taylor
Friday 16th March 2018 at 9:15 am
Highways Portfolio holder: Cllr David Brown. Reportedly he is currently suspended and under Police investigation.

One of six police investigations into CEC Councillors.
Alan Brough
Friday 16th March 2018 at 9:19 am
@David Hadfield,

I share your (and others) frustration at the parlous condition of local roads. However, whilst CE Council are absolutely hopeless at maintaining our roads in a safe and proper condition, they are ruthlessly efficient at refuting claims for damage.

I speak from bitter experience having spent eight months, fifteen email / letter exchanges and a great deal of time and effort to recover approx. £400 for damage to a wheel caused by a crater on a blind bend in Warford that I had the misfortune to hit at 0530 in the morning.

CE Council outsource claims to a pseudo-legal firm in Leeds who take great delight in tying claimants up in knots with all sorts of obfuscation and nonsense in what is clearly an attempt at putting people off "going the distance" with them.

If you are unlucky enough to experience damage as a result of hitting a pothole make sure you report the pothole and get a reference number for having logged the problem, get photos of the pothole (note if it has white paint around it,) photos of the damage to your vehicle, make an accurate record of exactly where the pothole is (they will dispute it to within yards) and keep receipts for any work done.

They may well inform you that the pothole has not previously been reported or that the inspection timetable under their duty of care to examine roads exempts them. Challenge them on this and if necessary ask to see a record of reported road faults for the area.

They are hard-wired to wear you down in the hope that you will give up before they do.
Craig Browne
Friday 16th March 2018 at 12:33 pm
Hi all,

Just to pick up on a few of your comments, as I again understand and share your frustrations. I regularly report potholes around the village and those of you who follow me on Facebook will be aware that I usually publish the report reference numbers (to pick up on Alan’s point about being able to prove that they have been reported, but left unrepaired).

With respect to the Wilmslow Road/Brook Lane junction, I first reported this around about July 2016, but as it involved a complete resurface rather than a reactive repair, it had to be budgeted and programmed. The work has recently been carried out, but only with the help of “left over” funds saved on other projects elsewhere. Ideally, the officers had hoped to resurface all the way down to the junction of Heyes Lane, but there were insufficient residual funds to enable them to do this. I have pressed for the work will be included in the capital budget for 2018/19, along with Heyes Lane itself, but it will be a few more weeks before we find out one way or the other.

Generally speaking, the officers are very receptive to my requests for support, but they are continually being asked (by the politicians) to carry out their work with reduced funding, so I do understand that they are in a difficult position and mostly, they are trying their best. To that end, I’m pleased to see that the pothole on the railway bridge, heading into the village, has been repaired this morning.

Cllr David Brown left the Highways Portfolio earlier this year and has been replaced by Cllr Don Stockton.

Kind regards,
Pete Taylor
Friday 16th March 2018 at 1:33 pm
Thanks for correcting me regarding David Brown.

Don Stockton lives in Alderley.

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