Traffic signals and crossings

We design, inspect, maintain and repair traffic signals and pedestrian crossings across Cheshire East to ensure that the network remains safe for road users.


In Cheshire East there are:

  • 386 traffic signal junctions

Traffic signal repairs

How quickly we fix reported faulty traffic lights depends on the nature of the fault. We will attend within:

  • 2 hours if all lights are out at a junction, or when emergency action is required
  • 2 contract hours* if all lights are out at a pedestrian signal controlled crossing
  • 6 contract hours* if a red light is out, and
  • 12 contract hours* if an amber or green light is out.

* A contract hour is any hour between 5.30am and 7.00pm.;eg: if a fault is reported on a red light at 4.00pm, you can expect us to attend by 08.30am, at the latest, the following day.

Traffic signal replacements

All traffic signal junctions, pedestrian crossings and pedestrian push button displays across Cheshire East have been upgraded to LED lamps. These are longer-lasting, energy-efficient, brighter and more clearly visible to road users.

Traffic signal control: Urban Traffic Control ( UTC )

We control traffic lights in parts of Crewe and Macclesfield using a central computer system. The system is designed to minimise overall delays to traffic, reduce accidents by smoothing traffic flow, give priority to buses (also a future proposal for Crewe) and make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross the road.

An example of this is the use of pedestrian detection that cancels the green man request should the pedestrian move away from the crossing or increase of crossing time should the pedestrian be crossing slowly.

Temporary traffic lights

We must approve applications for temporary traffic lights to be placed on Cheshire East’s network. Cheshire East Highways and organisations such as public utilities and developers use temporary traffic lights or manual ‘stop / go’ boards to manage traffic whilst working on the highway. To find out more about roadworks undertaken on the Cheshire East network, visit our latest roadworks page

All temporary signals detect moving vehicles and will automatically alter green times in line with the amount of traffic on the road to minimise delays. If any temporary traffic lights are causing undue delays, contact us either online or by phone. 

Contact us

Report a problem online

If you consider a highways issue to be dangerous, or an emergency, please call us on:

0300 123 5020
(8:30am – 5:00pm)

0300 123 5025
(after 5pm and before 8:30am, including weekends)

Floor 6
Delamere House

Delamere Street Crewe

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