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

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 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. United Utilities commenced work on 25 November to temporarily divert the water main where the wall has collapsed. This will take approximately 4 weeks to complete, repairs to the highway can then begin after the Christmas embargo. The repair work is anticipated to be completed by the end of March 2020

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

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.

Work has taken place to alleviate the impact of the culvert collapse to ensure that water can flow freely along the culvert. Further repair work is ongoing to install the replacement culvert. The road remains closed and a signed diversion is in place. The anticipated completion is the end of January 2020.

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, drainage repair work is ongoing and the road remains close. Completion is expected to be mid December. The road will remain closed during the repair work and will reopen when safe to do so. The below image shows the repair work.


Other programmed repair work

It has been necessary to install temporary traffic signals on a number of roads for the safety of road users. These are:

  • Higher Lane, Kettleshulme
  • Bolshaws, B5470, Rainow
  • Townfields, B5470 Macclesfield Road, Kettleshulme
  • Hooleyhey Lane, Rainow
  • Love Lane, Betchton

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 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