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Friday, 3 April 2015

Smithy Lane Road Closure at Leighton Hospital

Smithy Lane Road Closure at Leighton Hospital which will begin on Good Friday (3rd April).

The essential works are necessary to connect a new electricity substation, situated near to Leighton Hospital’s A&E department, to the main electricity network in order to enable current and future hospital developments. To accommodate these works, Smithy Lane is due to close from 12.01am on Friday 3rd April 2015 for approximately four weeks.

For the first week

Staff, visitors and patients travelling to the hospital in their own vehicles will be re-directed to the Middlewich Road entrance (Entrance 3) located near the Treatment Centre.  For vehicles usually entering Smithy Lane via the mini roundabout, a diversion will be in place via Flowers Lane which will then require a left-turn at the junction with Middlewich Road.

Once on-site at Entrance 3, those vehicles wanting to reach A&E will be directed to the road on the right, driving past Urology and South Cheshire Private Hospital, leading to the car park outside A&E.  All other patients and visitors will be directed to the usual public car parks via a dedicated and defined route through the main staff car park – this route will be clearly sign-posted at all times and will also be manned throughout the day.

For the remaining period*

After the first week, it is anticipated that both the A&E and Main Entrances will become accessible again for all vehicles, although only via the Middlewich Road end of Smithy Lane (the Flowers Lane / mini roundabout end will remain closed for the duration of the works).  Once these entrances become available again, the diversions past South Cheshire Private Hospital and through the staff car park will cease as they will no longer be required.

As there will still be a partial closure of Smithy Lane, clear signage will continue to be on display around the major routes into and around the hospital advising of the alternative routes.

*please note that the partial reopening and the exact timings associated with it are subject to change

Emergency Access

Please be assured that ambulances and other emergency vehicles will continue to have access to A&E and Maternity at all times. 

Buses, Pedestrians and Cyclists

It is expected that access to the Main Entrance will be maintained for buses, pedestrians and cyclists during the works.

For the duration of the works, it is recommended that patients and visitors allow for extra journey time to and from Leighton Hospital.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of these essential works and to thank patients, visitors and Members in advance for their patience and understanding.

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