Speed assessment under way in village centre

Many local residents will have noticed that wires have been placed at intervals across London Road over the last couple of days.

The wires are part of a speed assessment which Councillor Craig Browne asked for, following requests from a number of residents to do something about speeding vehicles through the centre of our village, particularly at weekends and during the evening.

Councillor Craig Browne said "I am aware that this has been an ongoing problem for some time and I have been pressing Cheshire East Highways to consider various traffic calming options as a result, however any action taken by Cheshire East Highways has to be evidence based and that is why they have agreed to carry out a speed assessment."

He added "The speed assessment can only take into account the average speed of all vehicles moving along London Road, so whilst we can all probably cite examples of vehicles we have seen using excessive speed, Highways will only be able to take action is there is evidence that most vehicles are travelling above the speed limit at this location."

Back in February, the Parish Council invested in an additional Speed Indicator Device which has been located on Congleton Road. This week Councillor Browne downloaded all the data that has been collected over the past nine months and has shared this with the engineers from Cheshire East Highways, to support the case.

The data shows:

- an average speed of 34 mph
- a top speed (southbound) of 86 mph
- a top speed (northbound) of 97 mph
- a total of 362,632 vehicle movements over the period

Graph above shows maximum recorded speeds on Congleton Road between 18th February 2019 and 18thNovember 2019. Green - incoming direction maximum 86mph, blue outgoing direction 97mph.



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

Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 3:21 pm
97mph? Is that a mis-print?
Craig Browne
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 4:04 pm
Hi Vince,

I regret to say that 97 mph is not a misprint.

I have emailed Lisa with a copy of the graph showing the maximum speeds in both directions and asked her to add it to the images in the article above.

Unfortunately, there are a number of spikes in the graph showing speeds in excess of 60 mph, all of which serve to highlight the scale of the problem.

Kind regards,
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 4:25 pm
Craig...what is going to be proposed in order to reduce speeds? Speed bumps....narrowing....cameras?? Hope that something happens quickly before there is another serious accident
Andy Brown
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 6:17 pm
97mph northbound.

86mph southbound.

Good grief!

There should speed cameras from the roundabout at the Merlin pub to the up past St Hilary's.

If these speeds aren't enough indication that we need them then I dread to think what it will take.
David Carey
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 7:56 pm
Wow, these speeds are unforgivable and it is a wonder nobody has been killed. Although in truth I'm not that surprised. As someone who helps with the Speedwatch team, and we regularly have drivers with total disregard for speed limits. Drivers speed during the day at way beyond the set speed limits close to the village centre, and as importantly near the schools.
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 9:09 pm
As a volunteer miller at Nether Alderley watermill I have noticed that there appears to be a bunch of juvenile half wits who have the wherewithal to own powerful and expensive cars who seem to think it's somehow clever to drive these at highly illegal speeds, making silly brum brum noises, along the old (now bypassed) A34 past the mill, particularly at weekends.

It's not clever, it's just pathetic.

I do wonder if there is a connection between this brainless exhibitionism and those ludicrously dangerous speeds recorded on a 30mph limit road in a busy village. Speeds which are so excessive that, on conviction, they might warrant a jail sentence.
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 22nd November 2019 at 1:39 pm
Drug dealers some of them Vince..I would stake my house on that. Yes speed cameras . Speed humps unfortunately penalise law abiding motorists with back issues. Thnks Craig something has to be done. Oh and to the guys who drive those funny looking quad vehicles around, you are annoying many folk in the village..they are NOT road legal according to Cheshire Constab'. I would love the Police to bring a "stinger" for the most dangerous miscreants as I would be very happy yo see their precious Super car wrecked. Also there is an idiot driving up and down Heyes Lane with his pathetic motor bike sporting an illegal souped up large exhaust. I hope your bike is confiscated Sonny..your parents should have already made you remove the modified illegal exhaust pipe though.
Alan Brough
Friday 22nd November 2019 at 1:43 pm

Is there any intention to reinstate the central white lines through Alderley Village?

With the mish-mash of illegal parking along London Road and Congleton Road it's becoming difficult to establish "right of way" simply because its often difficult to see where the centre of the road is.

When vehicles are coming toward you at speed between Gusto / Bar & Grill (the start / finish line for some of the "pranksters" referred to above) it's quite disconcerting.
Graham Peters
Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 10:11 am
The driving standard in Alderley Edge is generally appears poor! I’ve just parked up, legally on West Street, and in a very short period of time witnessed 3 vehicles turning off London Rd into the recently changed One-Way street!
A few minutes later a large Audi SUV decides in drive up the kerb and park on the frontage outside Barclays Bank to nip and get a coffee from next door!! Forget the pedestrians - me included, who have to avoid him!!
Meanwhile a Bentley parks across the corner on the double yellows to pop into the Chemists.
All normal driving standards in wonderful Alderley
Roy West
Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 10:41 am
All of the above comments confirm that something has to be done as soon as possible to catch these morons and prosecute them, and hopefully confiscate their expensive toys.
Speed cameras together with Police presence would help, better than speed bumps affecting innocent drivers. What steps can be taken to get some action?
Michael Cooper
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 9:36 pm
We should not wait until someone is killed....we shouldn’t make it difficult for everyone either with road bumps.
There should be proper punishment for the crime for individuals concerned.

They should be made to attend a long period of training for road use in their leisure time and fully paid for by them. It would serve little to no use issuing fines to those who can easily afford them. So time is the way to go here.
A course with modular learning and exams. They must earn the right to have their license back, followed with a probation period ensuring they don’t slip back to bad behaviours.
Just my thoughts...
Marc Asquith
Friday 29th November 2019 at 4:00 pm
Short sharp cushions of sufficient height would provide a remedy and hours of amusement - just picture that lambo etc stranded with four wheels off the ground :-))
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 1st December 2019 at 1:45 am
Michael Cooper road humps penalise the majority of law abiding drivers and are sheer torture for innocent people with spine and lumbar issues. They also damage the cars of law abiding drivers. All other methods to deal with road hogs and speed freaks are fair game
Yvonne Bentley
Sunday 1st December 2019 at 3:17 pm
Just to put some perspective on the whole thing, a small Seat forced me on to the grass verge of Nursery Lane due to her excessive speed ( female circa 35 years of age ). A Volvo driver circa 60 years of age raced out of Macclesfield road, right onto London Road forcing me and the cars behind me to brake. A female driving a small Vauxhall parked on double yellow lines outside Cafe Nero whilst she bobbed into a shop opposite. Just making the point that poor driving is not simply carried out by young people or those in expensive cars
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at 10:18 am
And yet another Chelesa tractor /Black Range rover caught coming out of Clifton Street at speed at 3.30 pm on Sundau.. THE WRONG WAY (this is the second time I have seen this same car). If I see it again hopefully I will get a pic and shame the yobs(be they male ir female) as they are doing this wantonly and deliberately.