Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

DRIV­ERS are fac­ing weeks of mis­ery with a se­ries of ma­jor road­works planned over the school hol­i­days.

Na­tional Grid say they are be­ing forced to shut off part of the Silk Road for ten days in or­der to paint and carry out re­pair work to elec­tric­ity py­lons along the route. Other schemes planned for the sum­mer will see tem­po­rary lights placed on Fence Av­enue in Mac­cles­field and Hurds­field Road in Hurds­field closed for resur­fac­ing.

It is thought the works have been planned to take ad­van­tage of less traf­fic over the school sum­mer break, but mo­torists are be­ing warned there will be in­evitable hold-ups on our roads.

Coun­cil­lor Nick Man­nion said driv­ers should pre­pare them­selves for ‘pain’ over the Silk Road clo­sure. He said: “It’s go­ing to be a night­mare. It’s in­evitable that there will be con­ges­tion be­cause of the al­ready high level of traf­fic, and it’s go­ing to cause great in­con­ve­nience, es­pe­cially for those liv­ing on the di­ver­sion route.”

Con­ges­tion on Hi­bel Road when the Silk Road was last shut

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