Macclesfield Traffic Nightmare To Continue For 15 Months
Commuter chaos caused by more than a year of roadworks is set to get worse – with a main route into Macclesfield shutting completely.
Work to install a roundabout on the A537 Chester Road began in September 2018 as part of the Bollin Meadow 75-home development by Watkin Jones.
Temporary traffic lights were finally moved on Friday, November 15, but this is only temporary relief for Christmas as the work is not finished.
It will resume in February half term with the closure of that part of the A537 – with no confirmation as yet how long this will be for.
Watkin Jones admits the project ‘has taken longer than anticipated’ but says the reasons were ‘often out of our control’.
Over the last 14-15 months drivers have complained about the morning journey into the town centre taking up to 45 minutes instead of 15.
And those who have chosen to walk say this exposes them to air pollution from the standing traffic.
Councillor Nick Mannion, from Macclesfield West and Ivy ward, said: “This has been a catalogue of excuses and delays, the developer, I think, is taking far too long.”Those who use the route have said that rarely does there seem to be many people on site doing work. And there are also complaints about the lack of information put out with regards to why it is taking so long and when it will finish.
Self-employed property developer Andrew Heritage, who lives just off Chester Road, said: “Communication has been absolutely zero. It is absolute frustration.”It must be damaging the town’s prosperity, if the road is shut that will cause massive problems.”
Since September 2018 there have been some brief periods of respite where the temporary lights have been removed – including around Christmas last year.