London Road to close for two weeks for sinkhole repair

London Road will need to be closed for around two weeks to enable a sinkhole to be repaired. However, measures will be taken to ensure the May Fair parade can proceed down the centre of the village on Saturday, 19th May.

The 4ft deep hole, which opened up just outside of the Waitrose car park on Thursday, 10th May, is believed to have been caused by a collapsed sewer. However, investigations will continue over the course of the weekend.

Councillor Craig Browne has spoken to Dave Wilson, United Utilities Site Manager, this morning and he confirmed that they are 99% certain that the cause is a sewer collapse.

Cllr Browne said "Unfortunately, there will need to be a complete closure of London Road, in both directions, from the entrance to the Waitrose car park, back up to the junction with Heyes Lane and his initial estimate is that this road closure will need to be in place for two weeks.

"I have made the contractors aware of the May Fair Parade on Saturday and they have said that they will open the Wienholts' side of the road for pedestrian and light vehicle access to allow the parade to go ahead."

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

Andy Brown
Friday 11th May 2018 at 4:18 pm
Two weeks? This is going to be nothing short of carnage.

Can road signs be erected before people get to the Merlin to tell them it's shut.
Fiona Doorbar
Friday 11th May 2018 at 5:23 pm
Good news really...we’ll all get 2weeks off from the weekend car parade/circus. Something needs to be done to get rid of them for good though.
James MacDonald
Friday 11th May 2018 at 8:07 pm
If they say 2 weeks that probably means 12 weeks based on the estimates from other road closures around Wilmslow.
Pete Taylor
Friday 11th May 2018 at 10:52 pm
Not really a sink hole is it? And do sewers usually go up over railway bridges?
Leaking water main?
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 12th May 2018 at 4:02 pm
Hi Craig any idea what route they propose for a diversion?. I do hope it is not Heyes lane it would be highly dangerous as it is now clogged with bad parking and the road in a state of parlous disrepair over the bridge. Can you use your good influence to avoid this I implore you and perhaps they could use Hough Lane as one alternative as it has already benefited from a new surface in parts. Heyes Lane as a through route would be utter madness. Thanks
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 5:48 pm
Looks like a sink hole to me. Hard to predict too. Love to know what the objectors would do to repair it.

The bridge is mid 19th Century. Raised 1958 for electrification of the Railway. Who knows what’s underneath?
Malcolm Gatley
Thursday 17th May 2018 at 3:21 pm
I agree with Fiona Doorbar. As she says, we can at least have a couple of weeks free of the car race track. A parade of noisy cycles has been added to this.

Recently a police car up and down London Road did nothing to stop this dangerous and noisy exhibition.A few of these cars have now also started speeding down Heyes Lane and Trafford Road

Can our local council do something about this speed and noise problem? Other roads have speed bumps or chicane sections. Any other suggestions?
Craig Browne
Thursday 17th May 2018 at 5:11 pm
Hi Malcolm,

Speeding vehicles are an issue for the police to deal with. Our PCSO, Anna Jenkinson, will be accompanying me at my next Community Surgery, which is on Saturday 26th May at Alderley Edge Library, between 11.45am and 12.45pm, so if you are available, perhaps you could come along and discuss this issue with her.

The Parish Council continues to support local volunteers in running regular Community Speedwatch sessions around the village, whilst at our meeting on Monday evening, we approved the purchase of a new interactive speed indicator sign (

Unfortunately, it is no longer Cheshire East Highways policy to install speed bumps, due in part to the number of compensation claims from motorists, but also because of their additional maintenance cost; however, I am asking them to look at pedestrian islands as an alternative approach to narrowing the road and slowing vehicles down.

Kind regards,
Andy Brown
Thursday 17th May 2018 at 9:23 pm

Something also needs to be done about the parking on Lynton Lane.

Those doing the school run have bad enough parking skills but the Friday/Saturday parking by the Piccolino's crowd is downright dangerous.

If an ambulance or fire engine needed to get down the road you'd be looking at a very serious, potentially life-threatening blocking of the road by selfish people who don't think the highway code applies to them.
Duncan Herald
Friday 18th May 2018 at 10:24 am
When did the 2 weeks time start?
Have we already used up approx. 1 of the 2 weeks?
Is James (above) correct?