Cheshire East Council has announced that the closure of Chelford Road, has been extended again.
Chelford Road will remain closed from the junction of Foden Lane to outside Alderley Edge Cemetery until Friday 16th December.
The work, which commenced on Monday 24th October, was scheduled to be completed on Friday, 2nd December, then initially delayed by a week until Friday 9th December.
The alternative route is via Chelford Road, Sossmoss Lane, Alderley Road, Congleton Road, Frog Lane Roundabout, Melrose Way, Harden Park Roundabout, Wilmslow Road, Horseshoe Lane, Ryleys Lane and visa versa.
Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.
Factor in the bad weather that is forecast I doubt this will be open before 2023.
Other times there are two watching and one man working - sorry -- talking!
This is a main road out of the village to Chelford, Holmes Chapel and the M6 but there is no urgency to get this road re-opened.
And the Council and contractors don't care a jot!
Cheshire East don't care, its not inconveniencing them, they sit in their warm offices pocketing their wages. Mean time Council Tax payers are forced into costly and time consuming diversions.
What are the odds on yet another extension, quite low one would suspect.
I received an update last week, confirming that the contractors were working to try and get the road opened before Christmas Eve, but I have no further details at this stage.
I understand that this has been a complex job, which has involved more reconstruction of the arch-barrel than was initially envisaged (as more of the brickwork has been exposed, more of it has fallen away).
Whilst I share everyone’s frustration (I also normally use this route every day to travel to Sandbach), the alternative to carrying out these works would have been an eventual collapse of the culvert as well as the road itself, which would have necessitated a much bigger repair job and far more lengthy delay.
I shall seek a further update on Monday and share any details here in due course.
You are right Peter someone from CE should come out and explain to residents just why their access road remains closed.
Expect they have already started their three week Christmas break though!
Sadly we have had at least two cars roll and crash on black ice on the Welsh Row side of the railway bridge. Today’s rollover looked frightening and I hope the driver and any passengers are OK
The accidents may not have occurred if the road had been gritted . It’s a skating rink today and should be avoided. With Welsh Row a main route it’s disappointing no plans were put in place by Cheshire East Highways to grit it during the current freeze.
The official diversion route in this case is via either Wilmslow Road, Melrose Way, Congleton Road & Chelford Road, or (if avoiding the bypass) simply, Congleton Road & Chelford Road. In all cases, these routes are part of Cheshire East Highways' precautionary gritting network, which can be found here - https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways_and_roads/road-maintenance/gritting-and-snow-clearance.aspx
Of course, motorists may choose an alternative route(s), such as those you have suggested above; however, the Highways Authority is unable to designate these as part of an official diversion, as they are of a lower classification in the network hierarchy than the road which is subject to closure. Irrespective of whether or not a road has been gritted, motorists are expected to drive to the respective weather conditions and to exercise extreme caution when driving in snow or icy weather (Highways Code Rule 230/231).