Flood recovery - damaged roads

Intense rainfall at the end of July 2019 caused severe flooding to the north of Cheshire East borough.

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.

Recovery works from a Lead Local Flood Authority involves multi-agency working with organisations such as United Utilities and the Environment Agency

Gully emptying

Additional gully teams are currently in Wilmslow and Rainow clearing affected gullies on a priority basis.

Structural damage and reconstruction

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 the road and bridge

Collapsed road at Wards End Bridge in Poynton, July 2019

Following the recent adverse weather conditions that has caused severe flooding in Poynton and surrounding areas, the retaining wall at Wards End Culvert has been partly destroyed causing a large section of the carriageway to collapse.

We understand that having to close Dickens Lane is inconvenient to local residents and members of the travelling public, but the resulting damage leaves no alternative. Detailed site investigation work commenced on 9 September to determine the extent of the damage and to design a suitable repair to enable the road to be reopened as soon as possible.

A schedule of planned work will be shared and updates will be provided.

  • For more information and diversion routes visit roadworks live
  • Whilst every effort is being made to minimise disruption and maintain vehicular access to properties / businesses at all times, due to the nature of the site, some inconvenience is to be anticipated.
  • Due to the collapsed carriageway, no vehicles will be permitted to pass Wards End bridge where the closure is in place for safety reasons.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist access will be maintained.

Ingersley Road - Bollington

Work is ongoing to alleviate immediate impact of the culvert collapse and to determine the nature and extent of the repair work required

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.

Significant levels of work are being undertaken to ensure that the water can flow freely along Ingersley Road Culvert and detailed site investigation work commenced on 9 September. The restoration of this section of Ingersley Road back to normality will involve a significant level of work. The restoration of this section of Ingersley Road back to normality will involve a significant level of work.

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.

Priest Lane, Kettleshulme – flood damage to the carriageway

Following flood damage to the carriageway, phase 1 - carriageway repair work is now complete. Phase 2 - drainage repair work will commence on 28 October and is anticipated to take approximately 2 weeks. The road will remain closed during the repair work and will reopen when safe to do so.

Other programmed repair work

Temporary traffic signals or traffic control remain on the following roads for the safety of road users due to collapsed highway embankments and carriageways.

  • Higher Lane, Kettleshulme
  • B5470 Macclesfield Road, Rainow
  • Macclesfield Road, Kettleshulme
  • For more information and diversion routes visit roadworks live

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 event was 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 futureproofing and (where possible) implementing measures that reduce the risk of flooding in future
For more information see our pages on roadworks or flooding