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Safety record of the A537 ‘Cat and Fiddle’

November 21, 2017

Following a query from the local media and speculation on social media, the council has issued the following statement about the accident rate on the ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road:

A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “A package of measures involving average speed cameras, upgrades to safety barriers and new signage, alongside ongoing maintenance, is helping to reduce the number of collisions on the A537. 

“Central Government has recognised the need for specific funding to improve road safety and, earlier this year, announced a £175m Safer Roads Fund between 2017/18 and 2020/21. 

“This funding is to improve the safety of specific sections of local ‘A’ roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions is highest, based on Road Safety Foundation data.

“The A537 is one of these road sections and Cheshire  East Council has recently put forward a business case for some of the Safer Roads Funding for further road safety improvements on the route. Delivery of any future improvements will be carefully considered through our close working with the Cheshire Road Safety Group, Cheshire police and Derbyshire County Council

“Promotion of the safe use of our roads by all road users is our absolute priority and we will continue to encourage responsible use of the A537.”

Cheshire East Council scooped a top award last December for its safety improvements to the ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road.

The authority was awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its improvements to the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton.

Praising the complex safety project, the judges said the programme showed ‘long-term commitment to improve the safety of a particularly dangerous road by working collaboratively with multiple agencies’.