Get­ting ready for ‘10 days of chaos’


RES­I­DENTS and busi­nesses in Tyther­ing­ton are pre­par­ing them­selves for ‘10 days of chaos’ when a key sec­tion of the Silk Road will close.

Na­tional Grid is to shut off part of the road from Fri­day, Au­gust 4, to Sun­day, Au­gust 13, in or­der to paint and carry out re­pair work to elec­tric­ity py­lons along the route.

The Silk Road will be com­pletely closed from the round­about at Bol- ling­ton Road to the round­about at Hul­ley Road, with driv­ers redi­rected along Manch­ester Road and Lon­don Road.

The ex­tra traf­fic is ex­pected to cause huge prob­lems for res­i­dents and busi­nesses along the di­ver­sion route.

It’s a dou­ble whammy of mis­ery for Milly Bow­ers, 24, who works at Lind­say Howard hair­dressers at Tyther­ing­ton Shop­ping Cen­tre, Brock­le­hurst Way.

She said: “I live on Beech Lane, which will be chocka with traf­fic, more than usual. It’s go­ing to be 10 days of chaos. I will prob­a­bly have to aban­don the car and walk. I imag­ine quite a few will. Then there’s the im­pact on other staff and cus­tomers at the sa­lon. It’s not good.”

Nicki Ko­morowski, 56, who owns Qual­ity Dry Clean­ers – which cel­e­brates its 50th birth­day this year – is ex­pect­ing a big im­pact.

She said: “It’s go­ing to be hor­rific. Driv­ers will in­evitably try and avoid the lights at Brock­le­hurst Way and Manch­ester Road by go­ing down Marl­bor­ough Drive, Rugby Drive and Tyther­ing­ton Drive. It will be rammed in all di­rec­tions.

“The only sil­ver lin­ing is that all that queu­ing traf­fic will get to learn where we are, as we’re tucked away be­hind the shop­ping cen­tre.”

Peter Mitchell, 69, who lives off Dorch­ester Way, said: “While it’s nec­es­sary, it’ll be bad for commuters and those liv­ing along the di­ver­sion.”

The work is part of a £8m project to re­place 50-year-old over­head power lines that run be­tween Mac­cles­field and Bred­bury, in Stock- port. Ex­press read­ers re­acted on our Face­book page. Dave Hay­hurst said: “(The) town came to a stand­still when they shut one lane to cut the grass verges a few weeks ago. Think I’ll stay in­doors.”

Jon Daly said: “Ridicu­lous. Why not work at night? It’s not like they don’t have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity for lights.”

Philip Heath­cote said: “Can’t wait. Love sit­ting in traf­fic.”

Mean­while, Dan May­ers urged peo­ple to walk the Mid­dle­wood Way in­stead.

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