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Wednesday 18 March 2015

Minimal disruption as A34 bypass undergoes enhancement scheme


Improvement works to the A34 at Handforth are to be carried out by Cheshire East Highways and it is planned that disruption will be minimised through night time working.

The enhancement project will significantly improve road safety along what is one of the busiest traffic corridors between Cheshire East and Greater Manchester.

Motorists will see better signage, markings and road studs. Additional maintenance and safety work includes repairs to safety fencing, cutting back vegetation to improve visibility, sweeping and litter picking.

Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member for service commissioning said: “This work is to enhance road safety on what is an extremely busy principal route.

“We are maintaining and improving our highway assets as part of our continual commitment to the residents who travel through our road network.”

To minimise disruption and protect the Council’s workforce, all work will take place at night between the hours of 10pm and 5am.

Work is scheduled to commence on Monday March 23, between the A555 roundabout and the Handforth Dean retail park.

The second phase of the work will commence the following day on March 24 until Friday March 27 between the Handforth Dean retail park and the Alderley Edge roundabout. Disruption will be kept to a minimum and limited to the hours between 10pm and 5am.

Access to the retail park will be maintained.

The inner lanes of roundabouts will be closed and the official signed diversion will be:

  • A538/B5086 Alderley Road
  • B5106 Manchester Road
  • B5358 Wilmslow Road
  • A555 Manchester Airport Link Road

Traffic safety officers will be deployed to assist with advice and “Business Open” signs will also be positioned.

Councillor Topping added: “Unfortunately there will be some problems with traffic disruption and we thank businesses, residents and road users in advance for their patience and understanding.

“We do need to carry out this work and we have programmed disruption during the night time period to minimise congestion.”

Cheshire East Council Highways continues to plan and coordinate all highway maintenance schemes to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. All work is programmed to maximise the use of available road space.

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