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Congleton Link Road Mitigation Measures

Planning conditions

Planning conditions for the Congleton Link Road (CLR) specifies that mitigation measures must be implemented on Wallhill Lane, Padgbury Lane and A536 through Eaton before the link road is due to open to traffic late in 2020. The planning approval for Congleton Link Road contains the following condition:

Prior to the opening of Phase 1 of the Link Road hereby approved, details of traffic mitigation measures to discourage the use of Brownlow Heath Lane, Child’s Lane, Wallhill Lane, Padgbury Lane and the A536 through Eaton shall be the subject of consultation with the Ward Members, Parish Councils, and submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.The approved measures shall then be fully implemented before the Link Road is opened.

The proposed measures for these locations aim to alleviate the predicated impacts from extra traffic, which is directly linked to safety, speed and noise.

Padgbury Lane, Congleton

Padgbury Lane is a relatively wide, straight road that had its speed limit reduced to 30 mph approximately 7 years ago. There is a long standing issue with non-compliance of the speed limit.

The road is part of the Abnormal Loads Route and the proposed measures have been designed to accommodate this traffic by using bollards which can be temporarily removed and using low or no kerbing where necessary. Additionally the proposed measures consider the future housing developments, which have planning permission,  along the road and do not interfere with the approved accesses.

Consultation measures

A public consultation period on the mitigation measures for Padgbury Lane was held between 25 September and 27 October 2019. The initial proposals were as follows:

  • To close the slip road to Padgbury Lane from the A34 using bollards that can be temporarily removed when necessary
  • Install mini roundabouts at the junctions of Padgbury Lane (cul de sac), Arnside Avenue and Ullswater Road
  • Add chicanes every 60m or so on Padgbury Lane, where possible
  • Add dropped kerbs at all junctions to support pedestrians and cyclists
  • Include signs, lines and, resurfacing treatments as necessary
  • Proposed changes - Padgbury Lane (PDF, 1MB)

192 responses were received during the consultation period. These have been considered and changes have being made to the mitigation measures.

Consultation Measures
You saidWe did
Traffic calming measures are needed between the Sandbach Road traffic signals and Greenacres Road.

Provide a round 30mph vehicle activated sign in each direction and improve the road markings to create a ‘gateway’

See the plans

A pedestrian crossing is needed to help people cross the road.

A controlled crossing will be provided just south of the pub entrance

The mini roundabouts at Arnside and Ullswater Road won’t be effective.

Remove the roundabouts and build outs and replace with chicanes

Improvements are needed at the exit onto the A34.

The junction will be realigned to provide a 2 lane exit onto the A34

Timescales to implement the proposals

We are required to implement all mitigation measures before the new link road opens to traffic, which is currently expected to be late 2020.

Before work begins in Padgbury Lane:

  • signage will be put out in advance of the works starting, and Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be located at key points of the road network to advise members of the public
  • where road closures are necessary, diversion routes will be signed to assist in the movement of traffic while works progress
  • local businesses will remain open as usual
  • emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times
  • all roadworks, closures and diversions associated with the project will be displayed on our roadworks map
  • during the works delays should be expected and motorists should plan journeys accordingly
  • we’ll use Twitter to keep you up to date. Follow us on @CECHighways

Further details of the project

Details of the mitigation measures for A536 Eaton and Wallhill Lane will be added when they are available.