Expect delays whilst work to install 20 mph zone take place over 5 weeks

Raised Table 2

Work to install a 20mph zone in Alderley Edge village centre will commence on Monday, 23rd January, and is scheduled to continue for over five weeks.

The scheme includes the installation of six speed tables at the following locations: the pelican crossing outside Alderley Edge School for Girls, the pelican crossing near "Running Bear" on London Road, the pelican crossing between Stevens Street and Brown Street on London Road, adjacent to the de Trafford Arms on Congleton Road, the pelican crossing near Alderley Edge Community Primary School on Ryleys Lane and near the entrance to The Ryleys School.

In addition, red textured road surfacing will be added with 20mph roundels painted on the road surface at the railway bridge on Wilmslow Road/London Road, as well as on Congleton Road on the approach to the junction with Beechfield Road.

Programme:23/01 – 30/01 (6 days)

  • 20mph signage works across whole scheme, signs will be covered over until completion and removed once the legal order is sealed.
  • Traffic management - stop and go boards

30/01 – 08/02 (10 days)

  • London Road near junction with Heyes Lane to construct raised table at crossing point.
  • Traffic management – temporary traffic signals

NB - access/egress at steps leading to/from Waitrose Car Park will be closed during this period

08/02 – 17/02 (10 days)

  • London Road near junction with Brown Street to construct raised table at crossing point
  • Traffic management – temporary traffic signals

NB: For works at crossing points on London Road, the controlled crossing point will be closed (at Heyes Lane) whilst the raised table is under construction and the alternative crossing point (at Brown Street) will remain open. Once constructed at Heyes Lane then the Brown Street crossing will be closed.

11/12 – 12/02 (2 days)

  • London Road laying final surface layer on raised table, resurfacing approaches and install speed table on Congleton Road outside De Trafford Arms and road lining at new traffic calming features
  • Traffic Management - road closure

18/12 – 26/02 (9 days) School Holidays

  • Ryleys Lane installing two raised tables including one close to Alderley Edge Primary School, the other outside The Ryleys School, resurfacing approaches and road lining at new traffic calming features
  • Traffic management – road closure

27/02 – 28/02 (2 days)

  • Wilmslow Road outside Alderley Edge School for Girls, installing pair of bolt down speed cushions
  • Traffic management – temporary traffic signals off-peak (after school has opened)

NB: If the programme progresses well then every effort will be made to include the works outside Alderley Edge School for Girls during the school holidays.

Councillor Craig Browne said "I am delighted to share the news that the implementation of this project will begin during the week commencing 23rd January. This follows several rounds of public consultation, during which the vast majority of residents, as well as all three village schools, the Parish Council and Cheshire Police have endorsed the proposals.

"Whilst there will inevitably be some inconvenience whilst the speed tables are being constructed, Cheshire East Highways will do its utmost to minimise this, for example by carrying out the works on Ryleys Lane during the February half-term. I believe this is an important project, which will not only help improve road safety around our local schools, but also contribute to a calmer and more pleasant environment in the centre of our village."

"The majority of the works will be possible using traffic signals; however, temporary road closures will need to be in place at certain times. Over the course of the next few days, Cheshire East Highways will be engaging directly with directly affected residents and businesses, to make them aware.

"The works will necessitate the installation of a new drainage connection on London Road, close to the junction with Brown Street and depending upon the nature of the connection, is seen as the key risk to the timescale outlined. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the project is being financed through Section 106 funds, which have been raised on historic developments within Alderley Edge, rather than from the Council's capital/revenue budgets."



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

Nina Hindley
Wednesday 18th January 2023 at 4:15 pm
David Hadfield
Monday 23rd January 2023 at 11:22 am
All this will do is inconvenience the local population who will have to endure the DAILY NONSENSE of negotiating these raised tables on the road surface whenever they drive through the village.

The drivers who come here once a week to show off and make a noise will enjoy it as they'll be able to drive slowly in their cars with their screeching and screaming high-revving engines.

The Council were adamant they were going to do this work, whatever the adverse response or objections from the local population.
Julie Flynn
Tuesday 24th January 2023 at 3:35 pm
Excellent news and worth a few weeks’ inconvenience! Thanks to Councillor Browne for all his hard work and for carrying out the wishes of the vast majority of local residents as shown in the local surveys carried out.
Berkeley Thirsk
Tuesday 24th January 2023 at 3:53 pm
The whole scheme is moronic.
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 24th January 2023 at 5:31 pm
The comments above demonstrate that you cannot please 100% of the population 100% of the time.

There are also those that might even say that there is a part of the population that will rake offence 100 % of the time.

Oh well!
Nina Hindley
Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 11:49 am
Haha. Anything that inconveniences drivers is a win towards a greener future.
Andy Brown
Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 5:41 pm
It's a waste of money.

You merely create a sections for slowing down and then racing to the next speed bump.

I'm sure the village will be a lot noisier for it.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 26th January 2023 at 9:18 am
Nina, road humps are no green innovation; quite the reverse. 4x4s simply ignore them (and there are one or two of those in Alderley), while ordinary cars have to slow to a crawl (perhaps 2 to 4mph) to avoid tyre and suspension damage (but might still suffer both). They then accelerate to the next one, where again they brake to a crawl. This vastly increases both pollution (from engines and brakes) and noise.

Road humps are the unimaginative, relatively cheap, ineffective way of 'being seen to be doing something'. And what for? How often do you see cars even reaching 20mph on London Road in the village?
Jon Williams
Thursday 26th January 2023 at 1:51 pm
Pointless - Poynton has the right set up
David Hadfield
Friday 27th January 2023 at 8:07 am
Julie Flynn ..... this is not just "a few weeks inconvenience" ?
It will be a PERMANENT inconvenience whilst ever these road humps will be in place for years to come.

Vince Chadwick was absolutely correct with his explanation.
The new roadworks, during construction AND once they've been completed, will just ADD to the pollution, inconvenience and general noise levels in Alderley.
Nina Hindley
Sunday 29th January 2023 at 8:42 am
Yeh the traffic in poynton is fantastic, that worked.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 30th January 2023 at 10:02 am
Nina Hindley....NOT greener , just more pollution and Emergency vehicles hate them⬇️. Putting Speed humps in the village was the worst option. Also Highways do not maintain them...Upton Park area in Macc' has a plethora of old "raised tables" many are crumbling but more importantly have lost all their white strips which warn motorists of their presence. This is vital as the humps cannot be discerned on a winter's day when the sun is low . Whilst visiting in that area I have seen 2 near misses and obvious terrible damage to the carseven at 20 miles an hour.
Speed bumps could be REMOVED from Britain's streets http://www.dailymail.co.uk/~/article-4732954/index.html?ito=native_share_article-nativemenubutton
Nina Hindley
Monday 30th January 2023 at 11:41 am
Hello men. Did I say road humps are green? Tony, how did I know you were a daily mail reader.
David Hadfield
Monday 30th January 2023 at 12:12 pm
Great comments from you Tony Haluradivith and I entirely agree with you.
Speed Humps and "Tables / Cushions" are a disaster for all motorists, especially for emergency vehicles such as the Police, Ambulances and the Fire & Rescue Service.
Lets wait and see how many claims are received by the Council for damaged cars and wheels due to these pesky things ..... It's going to cost a fortune !!
Nina Hindley
Monday 30th January 2023 at 12:32 pm
If a speed hump 'damages' your car, I'd argue it's the fault of the driver and not the hump/council's.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 30th January 2023 at 10:04 pm
What if the driver cannot SEE the speed hump Nina which is the case when there are no warnings, the painted hazard lines have degraded and the sun is low on the horizon as I stated? Even at 20 miles an hour a small car can sustain damage if he/she/"they" can discern no protuberance.
The tone of your response may sound a tad spiteful in the circumstances. The Times ran a similar story to the Mail in 2017 as well as the Independent but is behind a paywall so it was pointless to try and link them . I will ignore the hackneyed dig about the Mail (I read the Times actually Nina but in traditional format).

You say nothing in support of Emergency vehicles whose drivers loathe these speed tables . We /the Council could have gone for the cheaper less disruptive option of speed enforcement cameras and noise control recording devices (which is what Kensington and Chelsea used with great success) to deter the "drag racing" in high performance cars. Instead a lot of money spent and disruption for Alderley lies ahead and yet no money spent to protect pedestrians negotiating the various dangerous and uneven slabs which comprise the sadly neglected pavements in our village. (A wonderful local lady tripped and fell last week and cut her head right open on these same neglected uneven paving stones in the centre of Alderley).

You did say Nina that anything which inconvenienced the car drivers "is a win towards a greener future, as the thread is about the speed humps/ tables that is obviously what you are referring to.
As a side note I take it you shun the modern motor car in your own travels in the same way the Duke of Sussex shuns private jets when travelling to Climate summits ;))
Nina Hindley
Tuesday 31st January 2023 at 9:35 am
The times! If you can't see, you shouldn't drive. Yep. The driver who knocked me off my bike at Christmas breaking several of my bones claimed he couldn't see - weird though I was in a hi vis. Luckily it's all on camera ;))
David Hadfield
Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 8:35 am
Oh dear ..... from bad to worse !
it's obvious Nina doesn't like motorists ..... wonder if she drives ?
How on earth does she travel when outside Alderley Edge ?
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 10:33 am
Nina there is nothing wrong with the Times...perhaps you would prefer The "Morning Star" or the "Socialist Worker" (both not fit for lining a cat tray IMO ;)).
You have completely missed the point ...it is all well and good installing these raised tables but if CEC highways do not bother to maintain them they can become hazards. You make no comment about Emergency vehicles . As I said a view which his a tad spiteful in tone and perhaps quite narrow minded.
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 11:46 am
@David Hadfield ;)) good point Sir.
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 4th February 2023 at 11:33 pm
Oh dear ..... from bad to worse !

Usual suspects backing each other up. Real evidence from a real victim just ignored.
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 5th February 2023 at 11:49 pm
So Stuart Redgard perhaps you would like to tell my wife (late 80's) and with debilitating hip damage to get on her bike and put up with it. You say "usual suspects" you live in Wilmslow but are not above giving your 5 penne'rth here and many young folk (as I am sure Nina may be) forget about the many old and disabled.in their zeal to ban cars
Stuart Redgard
Monday 6th February 2023 at 8:19 pm
So Tony Haluradivth

You liive in Alderley Edge but do you not refrain from posting on your 5 penneth on wilmslow.co.uk.

You don't know me. You don't know that I too have a disability.

Your posts seem to suggest that only your view counts and only you know best.

You remind me of Margaret Thatcher.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 12:49 am
My comment on theWilmslow site was ABOUT Alderley Edge and the pavements. You say I remind you of Mrs T :)) Well Dear Heart you remind me of Michael Foot...
Some said Michael could "walk on water", but I don't think he walked on top of a car that was in his way at the time ;))
David Hadfield
Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 7:46 am
"Walked on top of a car" ? ..... crikey Tony, who would do a thing like that ?
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 8:51 pm
#David Hadfield.

I walked onto the roof of a car after being given permission to do so by the owner. However, they then told a different story to the police and in the witness box whilst under oath.

They were disingenuous with the truth and facts.

The video evidence shown in court demonstrated numerous discrepancies with their statement. It also demonstrated that a police officer made an unsubstantiated statement in the witness box (ie it was false).

Nevertheless, the Magistrates found me guilty of a charge that I did not commit.

That's the justice system for you. Many others have been found guilty of committing an offence and then had their sentences quashed.

Before the death penalty was abolished it the UK it executed numerous innocent people.

Here are just three examples:


At the time of being convicted, I wanted to appeal, but I was persuaded by friends and family not to.

However, I am currently seeking legal advice to see if I am able to make an appeal, as only last year new evidence was discovered that was not available at the time of the trial.

My conviction was reported in the Macclesfield Express, and the journalist wrote a fair and balanced article. I assume this is what Tony is referring to, but I am unable to find it online.
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 7th February 2023 at 8:59 pm
Tony Haluradivth

I'd be much happier to be photographed wearing a Donkey Jacket than a pearl necklace and handbag.

Are you up for a photoshoot?
Marcus Holt
Wednesday 8th February 2023 at 7:04 pm
Oh this is getting so amusing...... I thought I had scrolled down to a different thread....so @Tony @david and anybody else moaning about the inconvenience now or in the future...I remember a post on here asking us to comment and basically vote on what is happening re the 20mph and the bumps, I voted no....overwhelming it came out yes.... did you guys bother to comment on the official consultation?? If you did then great, but we were outvoted, majority rules (it's the B word all over again) also there are council elections in May, how about standing??? How about seeing it from the otherside?? Personally not for me, but your both clearly passionate.... finally, a personal spat over pearl necklaces and court cases for being on cars just makes you looking a couple of school children and maybe being a Councillor I'd not for you
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 8th February 2023 at 11:41 pm
Any time Comrade. "Keep the red flag flying" ;))
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 9th February 2023 at 7:50 pm
#Tony Haluradivth
Where and when Tony? You choose.

Never have, and never will be a member of any political party. Whatever the colour.
David Smith
Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 8:30 pm
Pistols at dawn might eliminate 50% of all this poor quality bitching or perhaps in some cases 100%.
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 16th February 2023 at 8:47 pm
#Tony Haluradivth

I want to make sure you are OK. You said "Any time", but haven't responded to my question of "Where and when.

I trust nothing has happened and that you have just decided not to take up my offer of a photo shoot.
David Smith
Sunday 19th February 2023 at 7:33 pm
Meanwhile - back to the topic:

There are other solutions of a more ‘high tech’ nature, with complex features and capable of monitoring other ‘stuff’ which could be most useful.
I mentioned the PARIFEX system in November 2012 at the link:


I’ve no idea of the cost but it might do a better job of detecting those who can’t follow the rules [not YOU then?] and drive according to the required speed. A fine for not so doing might change their approach to operating their vehicle ANYWHERE, at all times and not just round here. Being of a portable nature it could be used at varied times in other locations.
Also seems like it could be useful for detecting cars with noisy exhausts.
After the stubborn reluctance of Craig Browne even to find out about the suggested Kensington acoustic cameras it doesn’t surprise me that no other solution to the Alderley vehicle nuisance has possibly even been considered.
I also reckon the speed bump project is an emotionally driven idea by Craig Browne like a ‘passion’ he has held for years and as such could be a bit out of date now - especially when modifying the architecture of the road surface as in his plan has many negatives - as have been clearly mentioned by other contributors to this posting.

Certainly those with Chelsea tractors will be mostly unperturbed and probably have little effect on their speed. The various owners of exotic flashy motors that sit minimal inches [x2.54 for metric conversion] above the tarmac will no doubt slow down to crawling pace in order to not damage their vehicle’s lower front edge. It will be interesting to hear what they think of these changes.

If the plan is to effect a reduction in village speeds to a 20mph limit, what is to be done for combatting instances when this limit is exceeded between the ‘humps’?

When will we learn the final cost for Craig Browne’s ‘humping’? This will be an important fact in helping us to decide if it was all worth it.
Alan Brough
Tuesday 21st February 2023 at 12:55 pm
@David Smith,

I think you're being a little unfair in your criticism of Craig Brown.

The way I read it he has always held the view that the long-standing issues of noise and speeding in and around the village require a number of measures working in concert to educate, deter and (where necessary) penalise anti-social behaviour.

Your suggestion that Craig was stubbornly reluctant to consider acoustic cameras is demonstrably wrong...


I believe in giving credit where it's due and Craig has done a good job in bringing a number of initiatives forward including the trial of acoustic cameras, the installation of speed tables in the village and a wider Traffic Police presence. He is also (regularly) to be seen supporting the local Community Speed Awareness Team in gathering data around the area.

If you really want to criticise, perhaps your ire would be better directed at the morons that somehow think that circling the bypass and village in illegally tuned, pop-pop cars whilst burning their tyres out in wheel-spins and donuts (for the camera kids) is anything other than entirely questionable, puerile behaviour.
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 27th February 2023 at 1:26 pm
Stuart Redgard...it was tongue in cheek Comrade. And photographed for what exactly? The Beano Annual? And I don't wear my wife's clothing in any case as she is a petite 7.5 stone I am nearly twice her size.