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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.