Updated: Alderley Edge Bypass closed again due to severe flooding

With yellow weather warnings for rain remaining in place across Cheshire East for the next 24 hours drivers are being warned not to drive through heavy flood water.

A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service said "Due to heavy rain fall we're advising drivers only make essential journeys and to be aware that a number of road closures are in place."

Many roads across East Cheshire are closed due to flooding including the A34 Alderley Edge Bypass (Melrose Way) as the carriageway is severely flooded.

The A34 Pendleton Way in Wilmslow is also closed in both directions between the Merlin Roundabout and Wilmslow High School.

Nigel Dibben took these photos today from the bridge over the bypass. The third photo shows the water pouring onto the road off Welsh Row.

Updated 7pm Sunday 27th -  A34 Melrose Way, Alderley Edge between Congleton Road, Nether Alderley and The Merlin Roundabout has now reopened and so has he A34 Pendleton Way, Wilmslow bypass.
Styal Road, Wilmslow has also now reopened however temporary traffic signals are in operation for safety in the vicinity of Twinnies Bridge.



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

Fiona Doorbar
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 4:13 pm
Building the proposed office/industrial park adjacent will add to problems with run off. I hope this article will be considered by the planning officers.
David Nuttall
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 10:00 am
Is there a "design fault" and if so what action is being taken to remedy the problem
Or was it an "equipment failure" pump fault or similar
For this to occur twice in a short period of time then any contingency planning is not working
David Nuttall
Jon Williams
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 1:43 pm
Come on C/E, get your act together, this should NOT happen at all
Marc Asquith
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 2:56 pm
I am on the case and will raise it with CEC Officers on Monday. However, if you look at the photos, just north of the green railway bridge is a waterfall of water running down the bank and into the cutting. When I drove past on Welsh Row, there was water pouring out of Gatley Green Farm and the adjacent houses. All their gates were wide open, as if it was a ( sensible ) deliberate decision to allow the water to flow through. I have never seen that flow of water before and guess it was coming down off the SW face of the Edge and the fields.

One feature of all these underpasses is that they are below the water table - so they lie in a water proof trench which stops the ground water filling the trench and making it into a pond ! This does mean that water that gets into the trench must be pumped up and out and far enough away so that it flows away. The pumps are designed to deal with the rainwater flow that falls onto the road surface but I suspect not designed to deal with the situation where a torrent is flowing off the adjacent land into the water proof trench.

My guess is that the pumps were simply overwhelmed. Don't forget - we have experienced 20 years of climate change since the design specs for the pumps were settled.

I will see what the officers say in due course.
Andy Brown
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 4:21 pm
I can forgive the back lanes flooding but arterial routes built in the last ten years is nothing short of inexcusable.

Melrose Way, Pendleton Way and the A555 all disrupted. The A555 only cost £300 million so I guess I'm expecting too much.
Craig Browne
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 4:32 pm
The roads which we are now building (e.g. Congleton Link Road) or planning to build (e.g. Poynton Relief Road) and which as Deputy Leader fall under my portfolio, are being designed to withstand 1 in 100 year flood events, with an additional 20% allowance for climate change built in.

Unfortunately, roads which were built previously (e.g. Wilmslow & Alderley Edge bypass and even the more recent A6MARR) were only designed to withstand 1 in 30 year flood events, with little or no additional allowance for climate change. These events are, sadly, becoming more and more frequent.

This said, I am seeking a review of the Council’s existing gully-emptying policy, which for the last few years has been limited to emptying some gullies on an annual cycle, with many others not emptied at all or emptied only as part of targeted “clear and cleanse” days where requested.

Kind regards,
Yvonne Bentley
Monday 28th October 2019 at 3:03 pm
Craig, it would be fabulous if this policy could be reviewed as the blocked culverts and gullies on Welsh Row resulted in it resembling a fast moving river on Saturday.
Neil Carr
Sunday 3rd November 2019 at 9:56 pm
I feel sure a brief inspection of the grids and drains will show probably 50% of them are blocked. We used to see them being cleared out regularly but not any more.
I live on Foden Lane and I have Mobberley Brook as part of my boundary. Since the bypass was built it regularly overflows its banks.
Foden Lane has standing water on it days after heavy rain.
Ok, maybe climate change is in play here but we don't help ourselves by allowing the grids and drains to clog up and not do anything about it.
Ah! The good old days.........
Duncan Herald
Monday 4th November 2019 at 9:32 am
Is it possible that closing the bypass is seen by 'those in authority' as the cheapest way of dealing with the water problems?
David Smith
Monday 4th November 2019 at 8:15 pm
Craig Browne:
Perhaps we need to plan for a 1 in 100 year flood event every 5 years now?
David Smith
Thursday 7th November 2019 at 5:41 pm
This flood event in XXX years is unscientific crystal ball gazing. Get some engineering brains to sort out the problem along the following lines:

Florida gets lots of rain that mostly comes in sudden downpours. To disperse such sudden quantity of water by pumping directly off the roads would require a very high capacity pumping system [expensive too] with the danger that if a pump broke down the roads would not be cleared and flooding would result. Solution? Have an array of 'ponds' in the lower areas of land adjacent to the roads where water initially flows off the road surface and then pump it away over time - some of which is after the downpour has passed. These 'ponds' are interconnected so that if a pump fails the water can flow to another 'pond' and be dispersed by the pumps operating there.
The problem with the Alderley bypass is that the section of road in question is lower than the surrounding area in order to pass under the railway. I think it was decided not to go over the rail line so as to minimise the noise levels over in Alderley Edge. So the road sits in a ‘pond’ that cannot perhaps be emptied by the pumps, as they do not have the capacity to cope with a large downpour - or have become downgraded as a result of blockage or partial failure. A solution therefore is to dig a big hole to act as a ‘pond’ in the area next to where this flooding will occur in a heavy downpour and install several pumps that can still cope to empty the ‘pond’ even though half of them become incapacitated. Such a ‘pond’ will act like a reservoir or buffer zone to take the excess water off the road whilst the downpour is happening and prevent flooding on the road. The only factor to decide is the size of the ‘pond’ and a satisfactory array of pumps [plural] to empty it. A decent barrier to prevent vehicles falling into the ‘pond’ would also be a good idea. Had this concept been designed into the bypass when it was built the soil from the pond might not have been needed to be taken very far as it could possibly have been used on another part of the road construction.
David Smith
Saturday 9th November 2019 at 8:35 am
PS: All this talk about withstanding "1 in XXX-year flood events". I can't help noticing that these recent floods prove that the roads haven't withstood anything! My definition of withstanding = not being affected by or carrying on as normal. What is your definition?