Safer Roads Fund
The Secretary of State for Transport announced The Safer Roads Fund in 2016.
The fund is for road safety improvement schemes to reduce the number and severity of fatal and serious injury collisions on the 50 highest risk road sections in England. The level of risk is based on the Road Safety Foundation's analysis and report on road safety nationally.
In 2017 the Department for Transport (DfT) invited proposals from local highway authorities to improve the safety of these road sections. We submitted successful funding applications to the Department for Transport for the three road sections in Cheshire East:
- A532 West Street, Crewe
- A536 between Congleton and Macclesfield
- A537 Macclesfield to County Boundary
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We proposed a range of road safety improvements in our bid:
- Upgrading the existing carriageway surface to improve grip for vehicles
- Dark Lane/Church Lane/A536 Gawsworth junction improvements
- Installation of average speed cameras
- Upgrading the carriageway markings
- Upgrading the signing at various locations along the route
We also proposed to undertake a speed limit review to determine if the current speed limits remain appropriate.
You can view the bid application here: A536 Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund bid (September 2017).
Progress so far for the A536
We have improved the road between Eaton and the outskirts of Macclesfield with a new higher skid resistant surface. We refreshed the road markings and added new edge of carriageway lines to enhance visibility of the road edges.
We began installing an average speed camera system between Eaton and the outskirts of Macclesfield. Phase 1 began in 2020 at Eaton completed and operational in April 2021. Phase 2 Eaton to the outskirts of Macclesfield started in September 2021.
In November 2021 we resurfaced a 200m section of the A536 from the outskirts of Congleton towards the new Wolstenholme Elmy Way roundabout.
We have reviewed the road signage along the route, and we installed new speed limit and average speed camera signs in June 2022.
More resurfacing works were completed in March 2023, between The Rising Sun pub and Moss Lane on the outskirts of Macclesfield
Future planned works for the A536
We are planning to replace many of the existing worn/faded signs in November/December 2023.
We are looking to install traffic signals at the Dark Lane / Church Lane / A536 junction in Gawsworth. We aim to install these in early 2024. We will resurface the road at this junction as part of these works. We will do some surveys and works to install a new power supply before this, in November/December 2023
We submitted a successful £2.49m application for funding to the Department for Transport. You can view the bid application here: A537 Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund bid (September 2017).
The road safety improvements proposed in the bid include:
- Upgrading the existing carriageway surface
- Upgrading of the existing average speed camera system
- Upgrade of existing and installation of new vehicle restraint systems
- Upgrading the carriageway markings and road studs
- Upgrading the signing at various locations along the route
- Upgrading the variable message sign in Macclesfield
Progress so far for the A537Progress
In August 2021 we undertook works to lay a new road surface. This provided an improved skid resistance along sections of the A537. At the same time, we refreshed the road markings and road studs along that section.
We are installing a new average speed camera system along the A537. This will replace the old system and extends camera coverage towards Macclesfield to cover the full 50mph zone. Work started in March 2022, and we've now replaced all the old cameras. We continue to work on extending coverage towards Macclesfield. We expect this to be complete in early 2024.
During September and October 2022 we completed a wide range of works, including:
- Carriageway surfacing works, primarily at the Macclesfield and Walker Barn end of the route. Road markings and road studs were replaced at the same time
- Replaced two section of existing vehicle restraint system (crash barriers) and installed a new length of barrier
- Completed ground investigation works on a length of existing barrier, in advance of replacing it in 2023
- Installed new and replacement signs along the route
Works to replace the final length of existing barrier (near Peak View Tea Rooms) was completed in September/October 2023.
Future planned works for the A537Future
We will replace the existing electronic variable message sign in Macclesfield in November 2023. The new sign will be able to show a wider range of road safety messages for the route.
We submitted a successful £1.03m application for funding to the DfT. You can view the bid application here: A532 Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund bid (April 2017).
The road safety improvements proposed in the bid included:
- Managing traffic speed and improving the urban realm along West Street to encourage rerouting of motorised vehicles to the adjacent A5078 Dunwoody Way
- Upgrading the existing signalised junction at Broad Street/Hightown
- Development of a high-quality cycle and pedestrian route along West Street and Vernon Way including improvement of crossing facilities
- Relocating and upgrading the zebra crossing on Vernon Way next to Earle Street roundabout
Progress so far for the A532
In 2020 the classification of West Street and Vernon Way between the junction with Dunwoody Way and Earle Street changed from the A532 to the B5064. The A532 classification now applies to Dunwoody Way, Oak Street and the section of Vernon Way between Oak Street and Earle Street, to re-route the A532 and encourage use of these roads as the main and more appropriate route into Crewe town centre rather than West Street. We replaced all road signs with the new road numbers
We are currently designing road safety improvements for the Broad Street / Hightown junction and along the section of West Street between this junction and Dunwoody Way. These will help improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists and include improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities.
A design is currently being prepared for relocation and upgrading of the existing zebra crossing at Vernon Way/Earle Street roundabout.
Future planned works for the A532
On West Street, between Hightown junction and Dunwoody Way, we are proposing a 20mph speed limit zone. We also plan to build two raised speed tables at the junctions with Ford Lane/Ramsbottom Street and Derby Street/Goddard Street. Speed cushions will be built at various other locations along West Street. We expect to start construction works in February/March 2024.
At the Vernon Way/Earle Street roundabout, works to relocate and upgrade the zebra crossing are expected to begin in January/February 2024.
Improvements at the Broad Street/Hightown junction are expected to commence in summer 2024.
Provision of a cycle route along West Street and Vernon Way is being reviewed alongside wider walking and cycling plans for Crewe.
If you have any questions about the scheme, you can contact the project team by emailing email@example.com
Page last reviewed: 30 October 2023
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