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More weekend road closures
CONTROVERSIAL roadworks to make Northwich’s gyratory system permanent will continue this weekend with another road closure and 11-mile diversion being put in place.
Road closures will be in place between 4pm and midnight on Sunday, November 3, while junction improvements continue on the £4.9m scheme to the town centre gyratory permanent.
Part of Chesterway will be closed to traffic on Sunday, affecting the section between London Road and Navigation Road and over Hayhurst Bridge.
The signed diversion route will once again direct motorists onto London Road, the A556 and Chester Road, Hartford.
Motorists took to the Guardian’s website last week to voice their opinions on similar road closures which took place on Sunday, October 27.
Shazy320 said: “It is going to be a nightmare trying to get out of Drillfield Road and Water Street with this new system in place, this really has not been thought out and local residents were not told about the changes to the roads two years ago, it was just sprung upon us.
“I have already noticed a huge increase in the amount of fuel I have to put in my car just to get around Northwich with sitting in the congestion and gridlock that has been caused by this system without having to go 11 miles out of my way.”
Nicksey said: “The Waitrose and Barons Quay developments are great news, but it is quite clear to see that the gyratory is not good for Northwich. It is not an improvement, it is a step backwards that creates longer more expensive journeys. That is not something to embrace or to be proud of. The great work being done elsewhere in Northwich is actually being damaged by this chaotic, poorly conceived mess.”
Other motorists, like UsernameAlreadyInUse believe the gyratory system is good for the town but feel the 11 mile diversion is unnecessary.
They said: “Whenever I go into or through town I spend less time queuing or stopped at lights than I used to. As for the 11 mile detour, what a joke. What’s wrong with School Lane in Hartford?”
Clr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, thanked motorists for their patience during the works.
She said: “Although we have worked hard to avoid full road closures during this resurfacing scheme, some work can only be carried out under these conditions.
“I would like to thank motorists for their co-operation and patience during last Sunday’s closure and would ask them to bear with us during this further closure.
“The resurfaced junction will play a key role in improving the flow of traffic as we work to implement the permanent gyratory scheme.”
Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the works in emergency situations.
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