Closure of Chelford Road extended again

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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.

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Andy Brown
Wednesday 30th November 2022 at 11:39 am
Why is Horseshoe Lane given as part of the alternative route?

Factor in the bad weather that is forecast I doubt this will be open before 2023.
Neil Carr
Tuesday 6th December 2022 at 6:27 pm
I regularly walk past the site works at various times and most of the time there isn't a soul working.

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!
Donald Strathdee
Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 8:28 am
Well said Neil.
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.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 11:51 am
It is true...very little evidence of activity each time we have been past. There may be a very good reason for this . Are they waiting for supplies? Perhaps an elected member for the Ward coukd come on here abd give us the true story as those nice Customer Service ops at CEC are equally in the dark. Over to you elected Councillors, this forum awaits....
Peter Vickers
Saturday 17th December 2022 at 8:00 am
We’ll surprise,surprise..I have just travelled down Chelford Road from Merrymans Lane to find that the road is still closed until the 23rd December…2 months after it was initially close until 2 December…I checked the One Network website and no icons saying it was still closed…Can someone please explain what on earth is going on…This is absolutely ridiculous now.
Craig Browne
Saturday 17th December 2022 at 12:02 pm
Hi Peter,

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.

Kind regards,
Craig
Donald Strathdee
Saturday 17th December 2022 at 12:30 pm
Was that December this year or next.
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!
Kelvin Briggs
Saturday 17th December 2022 at 1:37 pm
One of the consequences of the Chelford Road closure is the use of Soss Moss Lane, Nursery Lane and Welsh Row as diversion routes.
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.
Craig Browne
Monday 19th December 2022 at 10:43 am
Hi Kelvin,

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).

Kind regards,
Craig

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