A51 Nantwich Road, Wardle, Nantwich
Essential Highway Improvements

We will be delivering a highways improvement scheme on the A51 Nantwich Road, Wardle between the junction of Bougheys Distribution and the Texaco Petrol Station. This work will stabilise  the road through reconstruction of the road, replacement of the drainage system and replacement of the safety barrier.

Works to deliver the improvements on the A51 started on Tuesday 31 August 2021 and will take 16 weeks to complete. The following critical work is taking place:

  • Full excavation of the west bound side of the road (canal side) to fully reconstruct all layers of the road. This is needed to stabilise the road which is adjacent to a slope leading to the Shropshire Union Canal. The excavation spans 680 linear metres, with 4,000 tonnes of material being removed during the dig (with a target of zero removed to landfill),
  • Over 1km of drainage network will be replaced, along with new kerbs and 48 new gullies installed,
  • The existing safety barrier will be replaced along a distance of 680 metres to ensure continued protection for the future, and
  • Full resurfacing of both sides of the road will take place from the Texaco Petrol Station to (and including) the junction of Bougheys Distribution equating to 6,500 square metres of new surfacing.

We will be working extended hours during the day on all weekdays and during some weekends to ensure that work is completed in line with the proposed schedule.

Location of the work

We recognise that the A51 is a highly trafficked route and traffic management arrangements were carefully considered during the planning of the scheme. 

To enable safe working and to protect members of the public, the road will be closed between the junction of Bougheys Distribution and the Texaco Petrol Station until the work is completed.

The closure is needed because we have a duty to keep people safe whilst repairing the network. A large, open excavation will be in place and it is not safe for members of the public to travel through.

A51 Map

Road closure and diversion routes

Two diversions will be in place for vehicles depending on vehicle type. Taller Heavy Goods Vehicles (taller than five metres) will be diverted utilising a route through A54 / A530 https://one.network/?tmi=GB20732844. All other vehicles (that are less than five metres in height) can utilise a smaller circular diversion route through A49 / A534 https://one.network/?tmi=GB20732843. Please follow our diversion signs or check our online roadworks map before you travel.

Cyclists are encouraged to divert locally as cycle access will not be permitted through the site.

The diversion routes are clearly signed and additional signage has been added, to encourage people to stick to those routes. Most of the minor routes surrounding the closure are subject to a weight restriction and legally, vehicles exceeding 7.5 in weight should not be using them.

We are in contact with Cheshire Police regarding traffic issues and this concern will be reported to them to assess. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Number 84 bus service

Working in partnership with Arriva, we have been able to make arrangements to allow the 0723 (from Crewe to Chester) and the 1607 (from Chester to Crewe) only to serve the whole of the A51 and operate via the normal route.

All other services will divert via the A49 as shown on Arriva's website.

Businesses along this section of the A51

We are continuing to work closely with local businesses that are affected by the works.

We have a dedicated scheme supervisor who is happy to help with any queries that businesses and members of the public may have as the scheme progresses. Traffic management operatives will also be on hand to assist with access arrangements. 

Access to businesses will be facilitated at all times. Access points may change as works progress and will be communicated directly with the businesses concerned.

Timing of the work

There is no right time to implement a road closure on such a major route, but it was essential that the work was timed in line with network availability, when the busy road network was free from competing works not only on the A51 itself, but also on the diversion route. The scheme has also been timed to avoid the summer holiday period when traffic levels are highest.

Extensive and lengthy feasibility, design and planning work involving third parties has taken place prior to scheme delivery. Unfortunately, this important work had not been completed to enable the scheme to be delivered during the recent Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.

Further information

  • A news release was issued about the scheme on 12 August 2021.
  • We aim to keep members of the public up to date via this webpage, through onsite signage and on Twitter (@CECHighways).
  • The road closure is necessary to protect the safety of both members of the public and our workforce whilst we complete this major work.
  • Delays are expected and motorists should plan journeys accordingly
  • Diversion routes will be clearly signed.
  • Local businesses remain open and access will be facilitated at all times.
  • Emergency services are aware of the planned closure and the diversion arrangements in place for emergency vehicles.
  • On site personnel will be on hand to provide help and advice to members of the public for the duration of the scheme and are the best way to find out more information.