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MO­TORISTS in Mac­cles­field fac­ing hol­i­days from hell. Driv­ers will face ma­jor de­lays as se­ries of schemes planned for school break. (Ex­press, July 12) Sian Hussey: I would have thought that it would be bet­ter to close the road dur­ing hol­i­day sea­son due to (guess what) peo­ple be­ing on hol­i­day.... shocker.

And it’s not the whole of Silk Road it’s only from McDon­ald’s to Bolling­ton.

You can still go through Tyther­ing­ton to get to Mac­cles­field from Bolling­ton or go through Ker­ridge and go down Hurds­field Road.

It’s re­ally go­ing to be soooooo dif­fi­cult. Why the dra­mat­ics?

It would be worse if it was dur­ing term time. How do you think Mac­cles­field/Bolling­ton sur­vived when the Silk Road didn’t ex­ist. Dave Hay­hurst: Clarke Lane closed as well. Town came to a stand­still when they shut one lane to cut the grass verges a few weeks ago, think I’ll stay in­doors – ten days of chaos. Antony Allen: Good. Use it ev­ery sin­gle day and it needs do­ing. Great de­ci­sion to do it over the sum­mer break too when less traf­fic about. Sian Hussey: Ex­actly what I was think­ing. Would be worse if they did it dur­ing term time. Dan May­ers: Hate to agree with the coun­cil for a change, but if work needs do­ing, might as well be done in the sum­mer out­side of school time, and with plenty of no­tice.

Plus the Mid­dle­wood Way is a nice walk­ing al­ter­na­tive for those who can. Ali Mitchell: At least it’s in the hol­i­days, what did we all do be­fore they built it?

Just add an ex­tra 10 mins to your jour­ney time for 10 days, there are worse things to get irate about. Jon Daly: Ridicu­lous. Why not work at night? It’s not like they don’t have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity for lights. Philip Heathcote: Can’t wait. Love sit­ting in traf­fic. Olivia Bar­ratt: [Any] space for two lodgers for ten days as our way to work is shut?! Jo James: Omg if it isn’t

If you get two mums with bug­gies or a wheel­chair by the pull down seats and peo­ple with shop­ping trol­lies, bad al­ready! Xx Joseph Con­nor: Gonna be a lot worse fur­ther north as the A6 will be closed in Stock­port for 12 weeks. Wood­ford Road in Poyn­ton shut for 7 weeks.

At least in Macc you can go via Tyther­ing­ton and the Silk Road is never as con­gested as the A6 in Stock­port.

PLEDGE to push for high speed trains to Mac­cles­field.

Phase two of HS2 will be de­bated at the next ses­sion of Par­lia­ment. We asked whether HS2 trains com­ing to Mac­cles­field would ben­e­fit you (web­site). Sarah Tea­gle: Def­i­nitely as I com­mute into Manch­ester and the cur­rent Vir­gin train is al­ways packed. This would help Mac­cles­field tap into the pro­posed ac­tiv­ity of the North­ern Pow­er­house. Tom Hiles: A shorter jour­ney time helps with ca­pac­ity, as you’re es­sen­tially send­ing more peo­ple down the line more quickly. Mark Simp­son: To­tal waste of time from Macc. You will ei­ther have to drive to Crewe or air­port and park. Or take a con­nect­ing walk­ing frames or other dis­abil­i­ties in the other six seats, there is very lit­tle room to get to the back of the bus. We need to have train.... ei­ther way will take you longer than the cur­rent di­rect train... and surely cost even more. Karl Ru­fus Broberg: Whilst it would ob­vi­ously give house prices in Macc a fair bump, so good for cur­rent house own­ers, I don’t think it would give many ben­e­fits to most, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing most would con­tinue to use the al­ready very good Vir­gin link be­cause HS2 is go­ing to have very high ticket prices aimed at busi­ness com­muters. Paul Dawes: £50 bil­lion to save a few min­utes on the jour­ney to London! Could be spent far bet­ter. Ian Bradshaw: It’s not sched­uled to be built (phase 2) till 2033 and will prob­a­bly be 2037, know­ing what de­lays can hap­pen. Alan Stock­ton: Com­plete waste of money, by the time its fin­ished it will be out­dated com­pared to Ja­pan and France. Gareth Wil­liams: Waste of money. More ca­pac­ity wanted but no need to shave a few min­utes off the jour­ney. John Haigh-Turner: Im­prove na­tional rail links all over.

Link them to re­gional air­ports and Heathrow the big buses back on these es­tate routes. Liz Sim­monds El­derly and dis­abled via email doesn’t need its third run­way. Anne Pike: Don’t think it will come through Macc! We will be worse off if it doesn’t as it looks as if no fast trains to London from here! Mick Greenall: Def­i­nitely not, life’s fast enough. Dave Whit­more: Waste of money.

MUM in­jured in car ac­ci­dent pledges to give back to char­ity.

Sarah Cross­ley and col­leagues at the Quint Group are climb­ing Mount Snow­don to raise money for the air am­bu­lance (web­site). Lucy Stur­ley: Well done Sarah what a thought­ful thing to do.

I didn’t know you had been in an ac­ci­dent, sounds hor­rific!

Glad you’re on the mend x Ni­cole Brad­bury: Well done to all in­volved. Proud of you for achiev­ing it. Xx Bar­bara Allen: Won­der­ful char­ity to sup­port. Well done Sarah. Hope you’re get­ting lots of sup­port. Caro­line A Emer­son: Such a fab thing to do. Well done ev­ery­one in­volved!

Megg Eve­line sent us this week’s Big Pic­ture via Facebook, of a sun­set over Ridge­gate Reser­voir. Find us on Facebook or email your pic­tures to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co.uk. We’ll print the best ones get up the two steps to the back of the bus, in­clud­ing my­self, be­cause there are only six seats and three pull down seats at the front.

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