Police drive to improve safety on A34

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Police and partners joined forces in Wilmslow as part of continued efforts to improve safety on the A34.

More than 100 drivers, pedestrians and children were spoken to as part of the 'Driver Engagement Day' on Thursday 2nd September.

The day, which is part of Operation Topnotch, saw police officers working alongside Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to talk to and educate drivers following reports of anti-social driving and an increase in the number of fatal and serious collisions on the A34 in Handforth Dean.

More than 40 vehicles were stopped by police for a variety of reasons including using a mobile phone while driving, not having proper control of a vehicle, having defective tyres and excessive tints on windows, lights and number plates.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts also attended the event to see the work being done as part of a wider operation to make the roads around Wilmslow safer for all road users after listening to the public.

Sergeant James Bell said: "This day was a great success and was set up to educate drivers about the consequences of their habits when driving and encourage best practice.

"We offered the drivers the chance to speak with us to change the way they drive making the roads safer for our communities.

"The day is part of a much larger operation aimed at improving the safety of our roads and is a culmination of talks with the local authority, which along with highways, have been discussing everything from installing cat's eyes, re-marking, cutting back vegetation and most importantly – reviewing the speed on the road.

"Another part of this wider project will see 420 trees being planted along the road, where space allows, combating the sound that the surrounding villages and towns suffer from due to the increased traffic on this road.

"I hope that this operation shows that we are committed in making roads safer for everyone and we will continue to work with our local partners in order to make a difference to Cheshire's road network."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said: "I've heard from numerous residents about the issues they're facing on the A34.

"On the 23 September I'm holding a public meeting to discuss the issues and how we can move forward.

"Saying that, seeing the action the Constabulary has taken shows that we don't tolerate this sort of behaviour on Cheshire's roads."

Station Manager Andy Gray, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's Road Safety Manager said: "It has been great to be out with officers to help educate and provide advice to road users on the dangers of the road.

"These events allow us to get our message to those motorists who may not be thinking about the consequences of their actions on the road and help them make changes to ensure we protect not only themselves, but others from harm."



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

David Carey
Monday 6th September 2021 at 4:22 pm
A few points to ponder.
I'm sure Handforth Dean residents were very happy to see police and fire services operations like this, but not much consolation for residents in and around Alderley Edge.
But as most AE residents know the main days are usually over weekends for drivers speeding and driving irresponsibly and noise nuisance, so having a one-off event on the A34 in Handforth Dean doesn't quite hold-up for stopping any long term problems for me.
Lastly, and perhaps this is me just being cynical, but doing something a few weeks prior to the planned meeting in Wilmslow to discuss problems smells of trying to 'close the stable door after the horse has bolted', to go towards pacifying the masses?
Stephen Maynard
Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 7:43 pm
Well it’s incredible how despite the ongoing discussion on AlderleyEdge.com and other social media concerning antisocial behaviour and driving of many of those cruising through Alderley on a Saturday and Sunday that the police are still nowhere to be seen - what kind of accident or fatality is needed to wake them up to the reality? They have a duty of care which for Alderleys residents and pedestrians -
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 11:15 pm
#Stephen Maynard

I was just wondering what is actually unlawful about people driving their cars through Alderley on a Saturday and Sunday? What antisocial behaviour is actually occurring?
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 10:40 pm
Stuart Redgard you know exactly what this subject is about. It does not refer to ALL car drivers, just the fools doing stunts, and wheelies and revving their engines to exceed decibel levels as they "drive" through. All those actions are illegal. (Are you one of the fans who stands around drooling at the sight of them and taking films for your youtube site? ;)
Stuart Redgard
Friday 17th September 2021 at 8:52 pm
Tony Haluradivth you obviously don't know what the meeting is about. I refer you to previous articles about this meeting.




My understanding is that "the fools doing stunts, and wheelies and revving their engines to exceed decibel levels as they "drive" through" relates to London Road in Alderley Edge.

London Road is not the A34. It's the B5087.
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 18th September 2021 at 10:06 am
Splitting hairs again LOLZ
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 18th September 2021 at 6:08 pm
Ignoring facts again LOLZ