Road­works across town bring mis­ery

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

DRIV­ERS have hit out at the im­pact road­works are hav­ing on Mac­cles­field, say­ing the town has been left grid­locked.

Mo­torists are in the mid­dle of ten days of chaos on the roads af­ter a key sec­tion of the Silk Road was closed for py­lons to be painted, at the same time as road re­pairs were sched­uled for neigh­bour­ing routes.

Road­works on Moss Lane and Gunco Lane have added to mo­torists’ frus­tra­tions.

Traf­fic build-ups are re­ported to be worst on di­ver­sion routes around the Silk Road, es­pe­cially on Beech Lane in Mac­cles­field, and Brock­le­hurst Way and Manch­ester Road in Tyther­ing­ton.

One driver claimed that a jour­ney which usu­ally takes five min­utes from Tyther­ing­ton to Mac­cles­field train sta­tion had taken 40 min­utes, while an­other claimed it had taken him 50 min­utes to get from As­traZeneca to the Moss es­tate.

Mayor of Mac­cles­field, Coun­cil­lor Bev­er­ley Doo­ley, said the im­pact of si­mul­ta­ne­ous road­works around the town had cre­ated a ‘night­mare’.

She said: “Mac­cles­field is a com­muter town, any road works cre­ate chaos. Un­for­tu­nately at the mo­ment there is a lot, more than I have ever known. It’s just a night­mare get­ting in and out of Mac­cles­field at the mo­ment, es­pe­cially dur­ing rush hour.”

Na­tional Grid shut off part of the Silk Road from Bolling­ton Road to Hul­ley Road on Au­gust 4 in both di­rec­tions in order to paint and re­pair elec­tric­ity py­lons along the route, with the work not ex­pected to be fin­ished un­til Sun­day.

As well as the Silk Road clo­sure, Clarke Lane in Bolling­ton is shut un­til Au­gust 24, and there are road­works at the junc­tion of Spring Gar­dens and Beech Lane, Tyther­ing­ton, un­til Fri­day (Au­gust 11). Nicki Ko­morowski, 56, who owns Qual­ity Dry Clean­ers at Tyther­ing­ton Shop­ping Cen­tre, said she had seen a 40 per cent drop in trade be­cause of the traf­fic.

She added: “You just see a queue of lor­ries all day. It has been re­ally, re­ally quiet. Other busi­nesses have com­plained of the same prob­lems. It’s ridicu­lous.”

Taxi driver Iain An­drew Mid­dle­brook said road clo­sures on Gunco Lane and Moss Lane had ‘stran­gled’ the town, while carer Wendy Buccieri said the road­works cause ‘havoc’ try­ing to get to clients.

Face­book user Naomi Whalley com­plained it took her al­most an hour to drive half a mile from Tyther­ing­ton Club to the Cock and Pheas­ant in Bolling­ton.

Twit­ter user El­iz­a­beth Kel­lett said the move had turned the roads in Mac­cles­field into a ‘car park’.

Cheshire East Coun­cil said it was work­ing with util­ity com­pa­nies and other part­ners to keep any road dis­rup­tions to a min­i­mum.

Na­tional Grid’s £8m project will re­place 50-year-old over­head power lines that run be­tween Mac­cles­field and Stock­port.

A spokesman said: “We recog­nise that the clo­sure of the Silk Road can cause some dis­rup­tion to travel and we apol­o­gise for this.

“How­ever, there is no way that we can com­plete this es­sen­tial work safely without the clo­sure.”

A freep­hone num­ber 0800 8199 071 has been for enquiries or you can email na­tion­al­grid@mac­c­to­bre­dover­head­line. com.

Queue­ing traf­fic on Brock­le­hurst Way in Tyther­ing­ton, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of the worst traf­fic hold-ups as ve­hi­cles are di­verted be­cause of the Silk Road clo­sure (inset)

Lisa War­dle no­ticed the bath­wa­ter had a green tinge to it at her home on Cock Hall Lane, Lan­g­ley

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