Main road to close for bridge survey

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A section of London Road will be closed on Wednesday, 11th April, between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

The closure will be from the junction with Heyes Lane to the junction with Ryleys Lane, to enable a topographical survey, as well as a survey of the railway bridge deck and approaches, including the footpaths.

Councillor Craig Browne said "This is being carried out in advance of structural works which may be included in the current year's capital programme, but which are as yet unconfirmed.

"I hope to be able to give a more comprehensive update at the time of the Annual Parish Meeting on 30th April."

London Road, Road Closures


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

Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 10th April 2018 at 5:58 pm
Nice photo. I remember North Western double deckers on the 52 service turning left here to head for Alderley Circuit. Every hour until nearly 11.00pm too.
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 10:08 am
If there is a chance of works to this length of road, may I add a suggestion?

A problem is the lack of a pavement on one side of the road, between Heyes Lane and Piccoilno's.
So pedestrians have to criss-cross London Rd. Potentially a danger?

A few years ago I had a meeting with 'Highways', who agreed that the road over the railway was wide enough for a second pavement to be put in.
This would be a benefit to people entering/leaving the village, on the north side.

An extra benefit would be that the narrowing of the road would slow traffic coming into the village, over the railway road bridge; a place that has been seen as a potentially dangerous place re. traffic.

A win-win situation?
Craig Browne
Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 1:28 pm
Hi Duncan,

I believe that a second footpath would deliver the benefits you describe, both in terms of pedestrian safety and as a traffic calming measure; however, Highways Officers have repeatedly confirmed that the bridge is not wide enough to accommodate a footpath on both sides of the road.

It is possible that the bridge might accommodate a cycle path marked on the road surface, which would have the same visual impact of narrowing the road and slowing traffic. I am discussing this as an option, with the Highways Officers, along with a possible pedestrian refuge opposite Piccolino’s.

Kind regards,
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 2:04 pm
Hi Craig,

The meeting with Highways, that I mentioned above, was more formal than I may have made clear.
On one side of the table were the Chair and Vice Chair of the then Parish Council and on the other side were two representatives of Highways.
One wonders what may have happened to seemingly have changed minds.
It is possible that either Highways or the Parish Council records will confirm an extra pavement being possible.
If Highways now say that the road is not wide enough, I for one would like to see some written evidence, chapter and verse please. As I recall, there is very little ruling on size of B roads (which London Rd. is).
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 2:41 pm
Further to my above.
I've had a think and if my aged memory serves me well, then a B road can be as little as 5.5 metres and if there were a need for traffic calming then the road can be even narrower, to slow/calm traffic.
Deleted Account False Name
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 10:29 am
I'd just like to applaud every single car who went past the multiple 'road closed' signs on the way into the village yesterday who got to the bridge and had to turn around! Made my day! I passed the bridge a few times during the day and the amount of cars was extraordinary - Big thumbs up from me.*chortle*
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 4:40 pm
Hi Craig any news on Heyes Lane yet or are we going to play "wait and see" for a third year . There will soon be a government cash lifeline for potholes so why can they not use some if that .
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 5:46 pm
Heyes Lane is definitely the worst road in the village to drive down. Resurfacing should be prioritised not just short term pothole repairing!
Craig Browne
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 6:44 pm
Hi Tony,

Unfortunately, the details of the 2018/19 Capital Programme have still not been announced by Cheshire East Council; however, I would expect the schemes to be confirmed shortly. I hope to be able to give a full report at the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 30th April.

Kind regards,
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 6:53 pm
Hi Craig we are now into the new financial year and Government is giving more money to councils for repairs to Roads. Please can we not allow this council to defer repairs to Heyes Lane for a third year , then a fourth year "ad infinitum". We were told work would be done last year and then that tiny little repair and resurfacing at the top of Brook Lane involving a one week road closure took precedence so we all sat back and were told to wait for the new financial year. I hope the bridge works are not going to stop Heyes Lane from being repaired where it really needs it. Congleton Road got their repairs but Heyes Lane now sees an even higher volume of traffic. Also why was this survey not carried out during the road closure at half term for the postage stamp rectangle of tarmac laid?? Traffic merele increased on Heyes Lane on the 11th. This issue is not going to be allowed to be kicked into the long grass in 2018. The Councillor in charge of budgets cannot even get his figures correct as per my earlier post. Craig what are Highways telling you about repairs on Heyes?
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 6:31 pm
Hello Craig Browne,
I am just bumping this up as I was wondering if you have heard anything about Heyes Lane from the folk with the purse strings. Sorry to go on but it is worse than ever at the moment. Now that the sun is shining and we can actually see how bad the surface is after our long winter.
Regards Tony
Craig Browne
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 6:56 pm
Hi Tony,

For some reason, the details of the 2018/19 Capital Programme have still not been announced, even though we are now into the 2018/19 financial year. I understand that it is waiting to be signed off by the relevant Cabinet Member, but as soon as I hear anything, I will let you know.

Kind regards,
Pete Taylor
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7:47 pm
Craig; I would be obliged if you could remind me of the name of that Cabinet Member, apologies for short-term memory loss.
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 20th April 2018 at 8:48 pm
Hi Craig,
Thanks so much for keeping us updated. Pete I do hope it is not the same felluw who spole to my daughter in March. His grasp of numbers was NOT good ;))
Pete Taylor
Saturday 21st April 2018 at 8:40 pm
Tony; so do I! I understand that the Cabinet Member lives in Alderley but is something of a “private person “ as he never responds to any questions on t’internet. In fact; he is, reportedly, a seldom-seen kid; only popping out at election time in his, so I’ve read, “rather un-engaged” constituency in Wilmslow.
Well; that’s what has been written in the public domain; I’m open to correction.
Angela McPake
Monday 23rd April 2018 at 1:33 pm
Don Stockton lives in his Lacey Green ward.