CWAC does want to fill in Northwich's subway

Northwich's subway would be filled in if CWAC had the money.

Northwich's subway would be filled in if CWAC had the money.

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A SUBWAY in Northwich town centre would be filled in if a council could find the money.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) has confirmed that in an ideal world it would fill in Northwich’s underpass, beneath Chesterway.

A spokesman said: “We do support the principle of filling in the subway.

“Research shows that a crossing on ground level is safer and people are more likely to use it.

“The issue at the moment is funding, which isn’t available at the moment.

“If the situation changes and we do have access to funding then it’s something we will take forward.”

The suggestion that the subway could be closed and filled in as part of CWAC’s plans for Memorial Court has polarised opinion among Guardian readers.

Peter Roberts, from Castle, said: “Anyone I’ve spoken to doesn’t agree it should be filled in.

“Every time I walk under it there are people using it.

“If they fill it in they would have to put an extra pelican crossing in it will slow everyone down.

“What it needs, and it’s common sense, is repainting then it will look smart.

“It needs extra lighting under there for security and the other thing they could put in there for security is a camera.

“If they were going to build a subway like that now it would cost a fortune, it’s a massive job.”

Commenting on the Guardian’s website northwichguardian.co.uk, Daniel18 said: “I think it should be filled – it’s dark and depressing.”

He added: “The road through town is not a rat run short cut.

“At the end of the day pedestrians should get priority in the town centre.

“If we want people to come to town then they need to feel safe, and I can assure you that walking through a subway does not make you feel safe.”

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10:30am Fri 28 Feb 14

Dandycock says...

Absolutely ridiculous. Its far safer than crossing the carriageways. If you really don't like the subway, then don't use it.
Absolutely ridiculous. Its far safer than crossing the carriageways. If you really don't like the subway, then don't use it. Dandycock
  • Score: 6

11:42am Fri 28 Feb 14

MrT1976 says...

If CWAC have decided to fill it in then when they "find" the money they will fill it in regardless of what the people of Northwich think.

They have form for not bothering to listen
If CWAC have decided to fill it in then when they "find" the money they will fill it in regardless of what the people of Northwich think. They have form for not bothering to listen MrT1976
  • Score: 11

12:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Maltese-X says...

When I first arrived in Northwich, two years ago, I found the subway to be most beneficial because I was afoot; therefore, crossing the roads meant delays – both for me and for the drivers that had to stop for me to cross.
Even to suggest filling the subway is pure folly and will be a waste of taxpayers' money.
Tart it up; make it attractive and fire the fools that suggested the in-fill.
People that do not want to use it - that is their choice; so be it. However, do not deprive those who do enjoy the obvious benefits of its presence.
When I first arrived in Northwich, two years ago, I found the subway to be most beneficial because I was afoot; therefore, crossing the roads meant delays – both for me and for the drivers that had to stop for me to cross. Even to suggest filling the subway is pure folly and will be a waste of taxpayers' money. Tart it up; make it attractive and fire the fools that suggested the in-fill. People that do not want to use it - that is their choice; so be it. However, do not deprive those who do enjoy the obvious benefits of its presence. Maltese-X
  • Score: 6

10:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

47thmoon says...

they could save tax payers money by closing the CWAC council building and holding their meets down the subway (and we could then fill it in thus saving an even greater waste of time and money on CWAC councillors)!
they could save tax payers money by closing the CWAC council building and holding their meets down the subway (and we could then fill it in thus saving an even greater waste of time and money on CWAC councillors)! 47thmoon
  • Score: 4

8:37am Sat 1 Mar 14

El Danno says...

So they want to raise money to by a massive amount of concrete to fill in a perfectly usable tunnel under the road, and replace it by probably buying more traffic lights, with a pelican crossing which both pedestrians and drivers will have to wait for, and causing even more traffic in the town centre. Common sense? It can't really be costing much for that subway anyway...
So they want to raise money to by a massive amount of concrete to fill in a perfectly usable tunnel under the road, and replace it by probably buying more traffic lights, with a pelican crossing which both pedestrians and drivers will have to wait for, and causing even more traffic in the town centre. Common sense? It can't really be costing much for that subway anyway... El Danno
  • Score: 4

9:10am Sat 1 Mar 14

Petermoya says...

In Holland they plan for floods by diverting water into sites like this. Why can't this area be used to contain water diverted off the Weaver or Dane?
In Holland they plan for floods by diverting water into sites like this. Why can't this area be used to contain water diverted off the Weaver or Dane? Petermoya
  • Score: 0

9:12am Sat 1 Mar 14

Petermoya says...

In Holland, places like this are used to hold flood waters. Why can't water be diverted from the Weaver and the Dane into here rather than flood the town?
In Holland, places like this are used to hold flood waters. Why can't water be diverted from the Weaver and the Dane into here rather than flood the town? Petermoya
  • Score: -5

8:03pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Cymo says...

It naturrally fills with water when the Dane floods, anyway - it backs up the drains!
It naturrally fills with water when the Dane floods, anyway - it backs up the drains! Cymo
  • Score: -3

8:47am Mon 3 Mar 14

keith moss says...

It is hardly surprising CWAC want to fill the subway in,they maintain it.(very badly it would seem,since they now feel it would be safer to dodge cars on a main road).When the outside funding is obtained to help them destroy this asset they will no doubt be better placed to sell the remaining land so that developers can build more flats for the elderly ( CWAC love tax payers they are far more profitable than subways) x May I suggest some new lightbulbs in the next election so that we can all see what is actually beneath all this ****
It is hardly surprising CWAC want to fill the subway in,they maintain it.(very badly it would seem,since they now feel it would be safer to dodge cars on a main road).When the outside funding is obtained to help them destroy this asset they will no doubt be better placed to sell the remaining land so that developers can build more flats for the elderly ( CWAC love tax payers they are far more profitable than subways) x May I suggest some new lightbulbs in the next election so that we can all see what is actually beneath all this **** keith moss
  • Score: 5

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