Further delays to reopening of Chelford Road

The reopening of Chelford Road, which has been closed for approaching two months, has been yet extended again.

Cheshire East Council has announced today (Monday, 19th December) that the road will remain closed from the junction of Foden Lane to outside Alderley Edge Cemetery until Thursday 22nd 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 and then again until Friday, 16th December.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council says "The closure is necessary for Cheshire East Highways to rebuild culvert and repoint headwall and arch barrel."



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

Craig Browne
Monday 19th December 2022 at 11:41 am
Dear all,

I have spoken to the Project Engineer this morning and received further assurances that the works will be completed and road re-opened by Friday 23rd December.

Following works to repair the culvert, a section of the road bed and footway has now been reconstructed, with the brick parapet to be completed today. Top soil will be added to the embankments tomorrow and white lining has been booked for Wednesday. The site will then be demobilised and the road re-opened.

A few weeks ago, I was afforded the opportunity of a site inspection - the images above help to give an indication of the complexity of the project.
Kind regards,
Andy Brown
Monday 19th December 2022 at 4:51 pm
I bet it won't be open before 2023.
Jeffrey Dennis
Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 3:29 pm
Absolute joke. Whoever signed the contract did not need to include replacing/remodelling 1900's brickwork. They could and should have inserted concrete section pipework and thrown the bricks in a skip. I cannot believe that it takes 8 weeks, at 5 days a week and at, lets be kind and say 5hours work per day to complete 30 feet of culvert. Sadly, I despair of a country which used to build enormous engineering projects without recourse to hydraulic machinery of any kind which now takes 8 or 9 weeks to replace a culvert.
Graham Jackson
Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 3:35 pm
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.. and excuse my ignorance. But, wouldn’t it have been cheaper to replace the whole culvert , using modern construction techniques I.e., with a new concrete pipe? Or is it a listed culvert?
Neil Carr
Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 5:15 pm
This is an April 1st hoax surely?

I posted two weeks ago about the number of times, and variety of times, I walked past this "project" and saw not a single person working on it.

If the pictures are supposed to justify this ridiculous overrun am I the only one that finds this laughable at the waste of council money and the lack of control over the work?

Their Hi vis workwear is spanking new! Untouched by muck and possible work-related wear and tear!

No wonder the workman has a happy, smiling face - he is laughing his socks off at the complete waste of money and lack of management of this project. He has probably spent half his time at home with the wife and kids instead of finishing an unmanaged contract. (No offence to the individual - this rant is directed at the council's inadequacies)

Are the pictures supposed to justify the delays? This work could have been finished by the private sector in a matter of days. Not costing the taxpayers an enormous amount of money and inconvenience and unnecessary diversions and waste of valuable time.

I am so frustrated at the lack of control and waste of time and money.

Can we see the costings please Councilor Browne??

Neil Carr
Donald Strathdee
Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 6:51 pm
Neil,I think you should check to see who the workman is!!!