Flood recovery - damaged roads

Cheshire East experienced periods of intense rainfall in the north of the borough at the end of July and in the south at the end of October. The two flooding events had a significant impact on some of Cheshire East’s roads and we are continuing to undertake flood recovery work. 

We are undertaking repair works and addressing issues on a priority basis. We are committed to ensuring that Cheshire East's highways network remains safe and serviceable as we repair the affected areas through our flood recovery works.

While we progress with emergency work and large scale reconstruction schemes, the unanticipated flooding has impacted on timings for other highways activities and programmed work. Updates to programmes will be available on the road repair and improvement programme page.

Recovery process

Our assessment of the damage means that the recovery works will range from whole scale reconstruction of parts of the highways network, to more minor damage repairs and clear up operations. Gully emptying, jetting and road sweeping is ongoing in affected areas. Flood recovery work from a Lead Local Flood Authority involves multi-agency working with organisations such as United Utilities and the Environment Agency. 

Gully emptying

A revised programme of gully emptying is ongoing to empty and jet gullies in affected flooded areas.

We have now finalised our additional programme of gully emptying in the north and have emptied 8,690 gullies. Further work is in progress to address issues identified following this programme of gully emptying.

An additional programme is now in place and began week commencing 18 November in the south of the borough. The routine gully programme in the north and the south continues as normal.

Completed and ongoing work

completed and ongoing work
LocationWorks informationDate completed
Well Lane Hurdsfield Drainage repair work 4/11/2019
A34 Alderley edge Bypass Environmental assessment continues to understand ecology Ongoing
London Road South, Poynton Drainage investigations to determine repair work required 15/11/2019
London Road North, Glastonbury Drive, Vicarage lane Poynton Drainage investigations, temporary traffic signals in place Ongoing
Gleave Avenue Bollington Drainage repairs Ongoing
A555 handforth CCTV drainage investigations, lane closures in place Ongoing
Macclesfield Road Kettleshulme Drainage improvement work Ongoing

Current completed, ongoing and planned works (PDF, 214KB) further locations will be added once assessed.

Structural damage and reconstruction

Current schemes

During the recovery phase, a number of larger schemes have been identified and due to the complexity of the work, the following schemes are likely to have significant and prolonged disruption. They will involve replacement retaining walls, embankment stabilisation and structural repair.

Wards End Bridge, Dickens Lane, Moggie Lane – Poynton Long term road closure due to extensive damage to adjacent retaining wall

After extensive investigation into the existing drainage, Wards End (Moggie Lane)- In construction-small
we concluded that a new system is required. Works started on the installation of the new drainage system this week, with trial pits being dug to determine the suitable depth for the pipe around the services present. Installation of the new pipe and manholes will continue for the next couple of weeks.

The design of the new retaining wall has been approved and the excavation for the footings has been completed. Construction of the footings and wall will continue wc 13 April, although the timescale for completion is currently dependant on availability of materials due to shutdowns caused by Covid-19.

Townfields, B5470 Macclesfield Road, Kettleshulme

The damage to this section is similar to Bolshaws, whereby the carriageway has been undermined by the flooding and is unsafe for vehicles to drive over or near. The repairs to the retaining wall have now commenced and are due to be completed by 10 July 2020, under a full road closure. 

Townfields - before contructionTownfields - currently

Further repairs

The flooding event has caused areas of damage resulting in the following road closures due to blocked drains, collapsed walls, carriageway edge failures, drainage assets and general essential maintenance. A programme for future extensive repairs will be considered during the assessment process

Completed repairs

Priest Lane, Kettleshulme – flood damage to the carriageway

Following flood damage to the carriageway, drainage and road surface repair work have taken place and the road has now been reopened. The below image shows the completed repair work.

Priest Lane work

  • Higher Lane, Kettleshulme  - The carriageway and the supporting embankment were both damaged during the floods of 2019. Repairs have now taken place and the road has been reopened.
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The following schemes were repaired towards the end of 2019.

  • Hooleyhey Lane, Rainow – This scheme has been repaired and the road now fully open.

Hooleyhey Road 1Hooleyhey Lane 2

  • Love Lane, Betchton – This section of road has been repaired and the road is now fully open.

 Hooleyhey Lane 3Hooleyhey 4

Ingersley Road - Bollington

The watercourse that runs under Ingersley Road Culvert, Bollington became obstructed during the flooding which resulted in a build up of a large volume of water. Consequently the pressure built up to such an extent that the force of the water demolished the culvert and the surrounding road infrastructure.

The repairs to Ingersley Road Culvert have now been completed and the road has now been reopened.

Ingersley Road 1  Ingersley Road 2

Bolshaws, B5470, Rainow

Following the completion of the repairs to the carriageway on Higher Lane, Kettleshulme, we can now work commenced in April to repair the retaining wall at Bolshaws. The repairs are now complete.


Additional flood recovery information

  • A number of road closures have been necessary to protect the safety of both members of the public and our workforce whilst we complete the repairs
  • Some of our recovery works are long term, and we aim to keep members of the public informed of our progress as we work through this long term programme
  • The flood events were sudden which means the recovery works were unanticipated on our already busy road network. We are coordinating the required works with all other roadworks required across the borough
  • Where road closures are in place, diversion routes are signed to assist in the movement of traffic while works progress
  • Local businesses remain open as usual
  • In most cases, pedestrians and vehicles will be directed around our works, with access to shops and restaurants maintained where it is safe to do so
  • Where we are making these repairs, we will be looking at future proofing and (where possible) implementing measures that reduce the risk of flooding in future
For more information see our pages on roadworks or flooding