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.