Costs and exact area of new 20mph zone confirmed

Following the implementation of the new 20mph zone in our village centre I asked Councillor Craig Browne to provide some more detail regarding the costs of implenting the scheme and which roads are included.

Please confirm the area area/roads included in the 20mph zone?

As a result of feedback received during the initial consultation, the proposed 20mph zone was extended to include Trafford Road, Clifton Street, Stevens Street, Chapel Road, The Avenue, Stamford Road, Talbot Road and Moss Lane (part). The revised proposals (shown above) were published as part of the statutory consultation which took place in April 2022 and subsequently endorsed by the police, our three village schools and Alderley Edge Parish Council.

It is important to understand that this is a zonal scheme, rather than a collection of streets each with individual speed limits; this reduces the requirement for signage and associated street furniture. Nevertheless, signage has been installed at each entry and exit point, as follows: Heyes Lane (by Barrington House), Davey Lane (by Aldeli), Wilmslow Road (by Brook Lane), Brook Lane (by Alderley Edge School for Girls), Moss Lane (by Marlborough Avenue), Mottram Road (by Orchard Green), Macclesfield Road (by Trafford Road), Ryleys Lane (by Chorley Hall Lane) and Congleton Road (by Beechfield Road).

Please confirm the costs of implementing the 20mph zone and where the funding for this came from?

The costs of implementation, including the initial traffic assessment, public consultation, traffic management, road permits, signage and engineering measures were approximately £60,000; however, the opportunity was taken whilst the traffic management and permits were in place to carry out significant levels of resurfacing on London Road and Ryleys Lane. Clearly, the resurfacing works were not part of the scheme, but it was cost effective to do the resurfacing at the same time whilst the plant and workforce were on site and whilst the traffic management and permits were in place.

The costs of the 20mph zone have been met from s.106 funds which were raised on the Westbrook (17/23 London Road) development, via a voluntary contribution from the developer towards highways infrastructure. The funds had sat dormant in an interest bearing account at Cheshire East Council since they were first received in April 2005. The ways in which these s.106 funds may be used are governed by legal agreement, signed at the time planning permission is granted. As a reminder these funds may not be used on routine highway maintenance or non-highway related infrastructure.

The raised tables on London Road have been constructed to a gradient of 1:15, which I initially queried with officers prior to installation. The gradient is consistent with DfT guidance on the installation of traffic calming measures on roads which are identified as blue light routes by the emergency services, or which are recognised bus routes.

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David Hadfield
Sunday 26th March 2023 at 2:12 pm
Thank you for the details so far.
However, whilst we have been told SOME of the costs amounted to £60,000,
could you please explain in further detail and inform us what the TOTAL cost of the whole project has been, with EVERYTHING included ?
Thank you.
Steve Hughes
Monday 27th March 2023 at 10:27 am
Whilst I feel the works have improved the village aesthetically and repaired much needed stretches of road, I also feel that it has done little to deter the behaviour it set out to, based on this weekend. There appeared to be no fewer cars, people hanging around to take pictures and generally the same level of behaviour that this scheme was designed to eradicate.
I also read an article in national press recently that highlighted that almost all most newly introduced 20mph zones were 'Advisory Speeds' and not legally enforceable speed limits, perhaps Mr Browne could confirm this point?
Craig Browne
Monday 27th March 2023 at 2:32 pm
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your comment.

I am happy to confirm that the 20mph zone is mandatory. The statutory consultation carried out in April 2022 was a necessary part of the process of making a traffic regulation order (TRO) that is legally enforceable. Advisory limits, such as those you may have read about in other parts of the country, typically do not have associated traffic calming infrastructure and this is a key difference with the scheme that has recently been introduced in Alderley Edge.

Of course, no scheme is ever likely to achieve universal compliance and speed enforcement remains the responsibility of Cheshire Police rather than of Cheshire East Council.

Kind regards,
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 6:16 am
The new ‘bumps’ seem quite useless and ineffective imo and were not required as it is pretty difficult /impossible to exceed the old 30mph going through the village due to congestion ….the police are stretched enough so how are they going to ever enforce this new limit is beyond me. Lots of villages utilise the technology of cameras to reduce speed and why Alderley hasn’t installed cameras is very confusing.
When is the acoustic camera going live so that it can start fining the revving brigade and are there plans to install more of the same on other roads leading into the village?
The problem on the high street is noise pollution and this scheme does nothing to help this. It gives the revvers more reason to rev really doesn’t it?!
David Carey
Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 9:40 am
I have seen more speeding later on at night, but daytime congestion stops the majority of it. However, I have to agree with Fiona as regards to how it is going to be enforced?
As it is the responsibility of Cheshire Police I doubt if this will happen. I base this on the fact that placing a Police speed van on the same spot on Hough Lane for a few hours every Blue moon is not exactly contributing into stopping traffic speed issues.
Neil Jennings
Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 4:41 pm
How come the Davey lane through the Bollinfield estate to Heyes Lane rat run has not been reduced to 20mph?
Or is it that other areas need protecting more.
Gary Thomas
Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 6:27 pm
I think the 20mph restrictions are a good thing. I regularly experienced cars exceeding the 30 mph limit. Seems a lot more tranquil now.
I took the cost statement by Craig to mean that the total cost of the measures were £60k and were paid from the s106 funds established in 2005.
The "petrol heads" I have witnessed make their racket by selecting a low gear and quickly accelerate to 30/40 mph plus to rev their engines, so the new limits should help.
Adrian Scott
Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 7:30 pm
Whatever is done is never enough for some people. There are those who appear to want a ring fence round the village and 24 /7 police presence. There are many areas in Cheshire East who would love speed restrictions and re-surfacing of stretches of their roads. I would say this to those who feel not enough has been done: MOVE !!!
Jeffrey Dennis
Wednesday 29th March 2023 at 9:41 am
I'm afraid that while I agree with the introduction of measures to slow traffic through the village and to discourage the revving brigade, the "tables or platforms" are not high enough or short enough to dissuade low slung sports car owners from showing off through the village. The sooner we get an active noise monitor with appropriate enforcement the better. I speak as a sports car owner, albeit a cheap one and generally a quiet one! The driver is the issue not the car.