Another marginal bit of disruption to Holmes Chapel (I nearly said “the village” – but that might have sounded ironic) as a by-product of the never ending house building is the installation of a new toucan crossing on Middlewich Road. Don’t get me wrong – people need safe places to cross roads – so I’m all for it. But it’s a shame that there are now so many people who need to cross them all.
Closures are planned on two consecutive Saturdays and one Sunday. 3rd and 4th November and the 10th November. In between these closure days, temporary traffic lights will be in place as well, so expect delays as you try to escape Holmes Chapel to get to whichever delay is next in your planned journey (maybe Middlewich roundabout and traffic lights, or perhaps Macc Broken Cross, or maybe the Holmes Chapel Chester Road lights or the temporary lights currently on London Road – or, god help you, the M6).
Cheshire East have said that the temporary traffic signals in place during the works will be lifted if there are any closures on the M6. Not sure how that works – because if people need to get through both ways and the M6 is closed, surely that will be impossible to get through?
These are the precise closure dates and explanation from the Cheshire East site:
- Closure 1 – On 3 November 2018, Middlewich Road will be closed between 07:30 – 17:00 to allow for resurfacing to take place.
- Closure 2 – On 4 November 2018, Middlewich Road will be closed between 07:30 – 17:00 to allow for relining and slot cutting in preparation for the toucan crossing installation.
- Closure 3 – On 10 November 2018, Middlewich Road will be closed between 07:30 – 17:00 for the installation of the toucan crossing.
Fingers crossed for anyone traveling this route during the next couple of weeks. No doubt the housing developers will also be expressing their empathy during this period. No idea how though.