No weekend trains in February

Network Rail announcement: (check before travelling!)

Passengers who travel between Crewe and Manchester are being advised to plan ahead as work to replace a bridge over the West Coast main line will ramp up in early 2019.

For four consecutive weekends, from Saturday 2 to Sunday 24 February, Network Rail will carry out work to replace the Sydney Road bridge in Crewe.

Rail disruption Feb 2019The project is being delivered by Network Rail on behalf of Cheshire East Council and includes replacing the existing single-lane road bridge with a structure wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic and safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians.

A closure of the railway is needed to safely remove the existing bridge structure and lift the new, wider bridge into place using a giant crane.

Passengers can plan and check their journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Chris Atkins, project manager for Network Rail, said: “We are working closely with the train operators to minimise the disruption to passengers and raise awareness of these changes to weekend services between Crewe and Manchester in February.

“We understand that this work also affects our lineside neighbours and have written to residents who live near to where our work is taking place.

“There is never a good time to impact journeys but we have planned the work to affect the fewest number of passengers over the shortest period of time. This is essential work and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their understanding.”

During the closures, Virgin Trains and CrossCountry services to and from Manchester will not call at Crewe or Wilmslow and be diverted via Stoke-on-Trent. Northern’s train services will start and terminate at Alderley Edge, with bus replacement services operating between Wilmslow and Crewe.

Work to replace the Sydney Road bridge began in October and has required a closure of the road, which will remain in place until the end of May 2019. A clearly sign-posted diversion route remains in place and a temporary footbridge has been installed for pedestrians.

For travel information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Planning decisions due this week.

*updated dates.

Two planning decisions are due this week*, both by delegated authority rather than committee:

A ‘glamping’ site for 10 ‘pods’ on Bomish Lane:  18/5000m  due 1st Feb 2019.

Nine extra park homes on Mount Pleasant    :  18/4510C  due 18th January 2019.

18/4980C:  12 homes on land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea – decision due next month; 18th Feb 2019)

All have been opposed by the Parish Council and Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Click the links above for details.

Delay to Station Bridge

Update on Goostrey station bridge from the Parish Council:

Cheshire East Highways have informed us that the scheme to install a safe area for pedestrians to cross the Station Bridge and traffic lights is on hold.  We received the following explanation directly from Cheshire East Highways last week.

“The scheme was programmed in to commence on site in March 2019, however after meeting with the Contractors on site to discuss the buildability aspects of the scheme, it became apparent that it would not be possible to implement the scheme as per the original design.  This is mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents.

Goostrey station

Station bridge

We have therefore had no option but to place the scheme on hold while we investigate other options in order to ensure that we design and deliver a workable solution that is safe for all road users.

I appreciate this is not the news you wanted to hear, however I can assure you that we are working hard to explore other options to enable the scheme to be constructed”. Highways

 

We are extremely disappointed in this new delay, however we are in regular contact with Cheshire East Highways to establish when a “buildable” scheme can be implemented.’  Goostrey Parish Council. 

Sand Quarry approved by Cheshire West

Plans for the Sibelco sand quarry on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane were approved today by Cheshire West & Chester. The proposal had previously been approved on April 4th by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board.   (new info from the Environment Agency wasn’t discussed at the meeting but if the EA change their original ‘no objection’ then it will be referred back to planning).

Cheshire East are to meet again to review the new documents but it seems doubtful that they are allowed to alter their original vote.

and 17/03104/MIN Cheshire West and Chester)

Amongst others Goostrey’s Cllr Ken Morris spoke against the application over concerns about fugitive silica dust as well as pointing out that the stated Condition by Jodrell Bank Observatory for the site to not exceed the ITU threshold cannot possibly be enforced.  Especially when Sibelco say the site already exceeds it (before driver’s mobiles etc).  JBO have been given a draft scheme by Sibelco and will have to sign off on it before plans can go ahead.

In regard to water levels of nearby New Platt Mere dropping; CWaC stated that work would stop if water levels dropped to a certain level, and only resume once they had risen again.

Sand Quarry 8th Jan

Decision date 8th Jan

 

Christmas tree collection

The Christmas Tree Collection by St Luke’s Hospice kicks in THIS THURSDAY, covering the CW1 – CW11 postcodes. Registrations must close at Noon on Tuesday 8 Jan.

Over 2600 old trees are registered already and all donations go to St Luke’s Hospice. Sign up at charityxmastreecollection.com

and just leave them out for collection in your driveway.