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    MrT1976 wrote:
    MatthewB wrote:
    The one way system was the best idea Northwich has had in years.
    No more queuing up Winnington Hill, Castle Hill or on Chester Way on a Saturday afternoon, It takes half the time to get round Northwich town centre now.
    I can't believe that some people still don't see the benefit for people coming to shop in Northwich. I can see it and it's great!
    Right on MatthewB, totally agree.
    What benefits for people coming to shop in Northwich, It's driving people away! It's confusing to visitors, it adds to mileage covered, it wasn't needed in the first place.
    No more queuing up Castle Hill on a Saturday afternoon? Traffic congestion up Castle Hill is the worst it has ever been. From the day the gyratory opened it has been a total nightmare for Castle residents as the traffic queues back from the Iron bridge all the way down and around the corner, past Navigation Rd and this is every single weekday morning. I drive through it almost every day and experience it for myself
    I had to laugh at the phrase used by Dave Clarkson "that enables us to reverse the one-way system ", now that would be something to see, reversing the flow of traffic, but I presume he means reversing the gyratory back to a 2 way flow"
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Town Bridge in Northwich to be closed for roadworks

Town Bridge to be closed for roadworks

Town Bridge to be closed for roadworks

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Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

YEARS of planning will be put to the test at the weekend when Northwich’s one-way system faces a bridge closure.

Town Bridge, a Grade Two listed structure, will be closed for maintenance from 6pm on Saturday, June 7, to 4pm on Sunday, June 8.

During this time the gyratory system will be suspended to allow traffic to travel in both directions.

The Canal and River Trust will work overnight on Saturday to replace the oak threshold beams on the historic bridge then Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) will resurface the road on Sunday.

Dave Clarkson, senior principal engineer with the Canal and River Trust, said: “I’m hoping it will all go smoothly – unlike the current road surface.

“The big challenge here, that both the Canal and River Trust and the council have been working closely in partnership on, is to work in the traffic management system that enables us to reverse the one-way system and ensure it’s easy to implement.

“There was a long consultation between ourselves and the council when they first brought in the one-way system because it included two bridges.

“You can’t take one bridge out and carry on working through with the one-way, so it makes it more interesting.

“We had a look at it from the point of view of something unforeseen occurring that caused one of the bridges to be locked off and us having to implement something quite quickly.

“We’ve done some fine tuning as we’ve approached these works.

“The proof will be in the pudding but I think the system we’re going to implement will give us two-way running and avoid any significant diversion route.”

The bridge, built in 1899, is a Grade Two listed structure so engineers also have to work closely with English Heritage and use original materials in any replacement work.

The hard wearing timber threshold beams last an average of 14 years, although with changes to the traffic flow caused by the gyratory this will be closely monitored in future.

Clr Lynn Riley, CWAC’s executive member for localities, said: “We have worked closely with the trust to schedule this closure at a time when it will cause least disruption and we hope that implementing a temporary two-way system will help to keep traffic flowing.”

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