Cheshire East are to install traffic lights on the railway station bridge in the new year.
****(January 2019 update: plans currently on hold “mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents”.)
It is anticipated that Station Road will be closed from 4th February to 3rd March 2019 (the dates are only provisional at the moment).
Residents seem to be split in their views on the lights; some strongly in favour, due to safety reasons, and others less so. Will it complicate things at the entrance to the Station and nearby resident’s driveways? One resident said “I worry it will actually cause drivers entering the village to speed if they’ve been held up on red, especially as many seem to think they don’t need to slow until near the Red Lion, maybe another 30 sign could be put up on the village side of the Station”. (Highways state that additional signage is not necessary as the presence of street lights indicate a speed limit of 30mph.)
The Parish Council’s preferred solution was a footbridge, but I believe this was ruled out by CEC/Railtrack due to insufficient space on the platform and issues with the overhead wires.
CEC/Railtrack decided that, as their risk assessment showed there is also a danger of cars leaving the road and going down onto the rail track, a traffic light scheme is needed – as well as a footway to address the safety of people crossing the bridge to the southbound track on foot.