Town Bridge in Northwich to be closed for roadworks

Northwich Guardian: Town Bridge to be closed for roadworks Town Bridge to be closed for roadworks

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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6:42pm Fri 30 May 14

Ruckit says...

CHAOS...............
.....That is all!
CHAOS............... .....That is all! Ruckit
  • Score: 4

12:37am Sat 31 May 14

keith moss says...

As a pedestrian and personally speaking it is going to make crossing the road a bit easier.Motorists seem to now use that particular piece of road as a sort of "mini Monaco" either trying to beat the lights or hesitantly change lanes It can be quite a wide road to cross when you realise that it is like entering the set of Death Race 2000.It makes me laugh really,drivers,usual
ly growling angry thirty somethings who impotently shout obscenities before driving away to tell their uninterested wags how they almost had a fight with a man saying the same thing.I hope fuel rises to fifty quid a pint and there are a hundred million traffic wardens and the speed limits rise and fall daily to catch old and other dull witted people out people out.I hope they make carjacking an olympic sport.toll roads,toll zones.Just imagine all those fatties walking,eventually jogging ,getting thin,getting healthy,smelling the fresh air. Just before you hit the thumbs down button let me assure you that i did not mean you,i know your travel is absolutely necessary and your arrival vital to the destiny of mankind.I meant all the others,it's difficult for me as a pedestrian to tell your car from theirs . They all look the same to me.x
As a pedestrian and personally speaking it is going to make crossing the road a bit easier.Motorists seem to now use that particular piece of road as a sort of "mini Monaco" either trying to beat the lights or hesitantly change lanes It can be quite a wide road to cross when you realise that it is like entering the set of Death Race 2000.It makes me laugh really,drivers,usual ly growling angry thirty somethings who impotently shout obscenities before driving away to tell their uninterested wags how they almost had a fight with a man saying the same thing.I hope fuel rises to fifty quid a pint and there are a hundred million traffic wardens and the speed limits rise and fall daily to catch old and other dull witted people out people out.I hope they make carjacking an olympic sport.toll roads,toll zones.Just imagine all those fatties walking,eventually jogging ,getting thin,getting healthy,smelling the fresh air. Just before you hit the thumbs down button let me assure you that i did not mean you,i know your travel is absolutely necessary and your arrival vital to the destiny of mankind.I meant all the others,it's difficult for me as a pedestrian to tell your car from theirs . They all look the same to me.x keith moss
  • Score: -27

12:44pm Sat 31 May 14

darrylw99 says...

So we have to revert back to the way its supposed to be ie: not a 1way system. Hopefully councillor lynn will realise Northwich is better off without a 1way system (and she's wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds foistering this congestion increasing system upon us).
So we have to revert back to the way its supposed to be ie: not a 1way system. Hopefully councillor lynn will realise Northwich is better off without a 1way system (and she's wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds foistering this congestion increasing system upon us). darrylw99
  • Score: 17

9:13pm Sun 1 Jun 14

L Byrne says...

It is obvious that the nutters in CWAC do not have the faintest idea what they will do when the inevitable emergency and unplanned blockage of the Town Bridge occurs. For example, if the bridge is open and cannot be closed because of a mechanical fault.
It is obvious that the nutters in CWAC do not have the faintest idea what they will do when the inevitable emergency and unplanned blockage of the Town Bridge occurs. For example, if the bridge is open and cannot be closed because of a mechanical fault. L Byrne
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Sun 1 Jun 14

MatthewB says...

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!
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! MatthewB
  • Score: 3

11:35am Mon 2 Jun 14

MrT1976 says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]MatthewB[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]Right on MatthewB, totally agree. MrT1976
  • Score: 4

12:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

nicksey says...

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
[quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MatthewB[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]Right on MatthewB, totally agree.[/p][/quote]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 nicksey
  • Score: 5

2:48pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Carlos99 says...

I agree with Matthew, and as for Nicksey! you lost the plot mate? The traffic doesn't back UP castle Hill anymore you plank! It queues down it and over Hayhurst bridge. However, this isn't anything to do with the one way system. Its entirely due to the poorly timed lights at the other end of Castle at the Iron Bridge!

The one way system is much better, it allows for free flowing traffic. The problems are entirely caused by stupid drivers! Like the ones that sit waiting to change lane BEFORE they go over town bridge!!

The only question I would have about reversing the one way this weekend is....where do you go at the bottom of castle hill? Surely the lay out of the new junction prevents you being able to turn right at all?
I agree with Matthew, and as for Nicksey! you lost the plot mate? The traffic doesn't back UP castle Hill anymore you plank! It queues down it and over Hayhurst bridge. However, this isn't anything to do with the one way system. Its entirely due to the poorly timed lights at the other end of Castle at the Iron Bridge! The one way system is much better, it allows for free flowing traffic. The problems are entirely caused by stupid drivers! Like the ones that sit waiting to change lane BEFORE they go over town bridge!! The only question I would have about reversing the one way this weekend is....where do you go at the bottom of castle hill? Surely the lay out of the new junction prevents you being able to turn right at all? Carlos99
  • Score: 14

10:33am Tue 3 Jun 14

keith moss says...

The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads
Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles.
The number of these machines is escalating beyond control.
Except by not having one, i did regain control.
Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind.
Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them.
Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell.
The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species.
So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years.
I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x
The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles. The number of these machines is escalating beyond control. Except by not having one, i did regain control. Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind. Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them. Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell. The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species. So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years. I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x keith moss
  • Score: -13

12:23pm Tue 3 Jun 14

I am not a Trainspotter says...

The one way system is the biggest pile of codswallop ever inflicted on Northwich.
Any and I mean ANY small incident and the whole thing grinds to a halt. Just a few weeks ago the whole of Kingsmead turned into a big car park as they closed some of the system off for roadwords. .Cars were being diverted up the bypass! How stupid is that? On that day a 20 minute drive to the dentist became 1 hour and a missed appointment.

WIth the old system you had OPTIONS, they did not need to shut off the town as there were several alternatives for any destination.

I've lost count of how many times I've been stuck in Jams where I never saw them before. Which is the reason why I avoid Northwich as much as possible these days.

Yes Winnington hill is better, at the expense of Leftwich and Castle.
The one way system is the biggest pile of codswallop ever inflicted on Northwich. Any and I mean ANY small incident and the whole thing grinds to a halt. Just a few weeks ago the whole of Kingsmead turned into a big car park as they closed some of the system off for roadwords. .Cars were being diverted up the bypass! How stupid is that? On that day a 20 minute drive to the dentist became 1 hour and a missed appointment. WIth the old system you had OPTIONS, they did not need to shut off the town as there were several alternatives for any destination. I've lost count of how many times I've been stuck in Jams where I never saw them before. Which is the reason why I avoid Northwich as much as possible these days. Yes Winnington hill is better, at the expense of Leftwich and Castle. I am not a Trainspotter
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

MrT1976 says...

keith moss wrote:
The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads
Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles.
The number of these machines is escalating beyond control.
Except by not having one, i did regain control.
Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind.
Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them.
Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell.
The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species.
So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years.
I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x
I thought we were discussing the Northwich Gyratory system???
[quote][p][bold]keith moss[/bold] wrote: The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles. The number of these machines is escalating beyond control. Except by not having one, i did regain control. Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind. Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them. Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell. The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species. So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years. I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x[/p][/quote]I thought we were discussing the Northwich Gyratory system??? MrT1976
  • Score: 16

2:17pm Tue 3 Jun 14

widge says...

Come on Keith, don't sit on the fence, tell us what you really think!

Mind you, I'm with you mate, I can't wait for the old horse and cart to make a comeback!!
Come on Keith, don't sit on the fence, tell us what you really think! Mind you, I'm with you mate, I can't wait for the old horse and cart to make a comeback!! widge
  • Score: -7

9:00pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Cymo says...

keith moss wrote:
The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads
Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles.
The number of these machines is escalating beyond control.
Except by not having one, i did regain control.
Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind.
Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them.
Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell.
The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species.
So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years.
I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x
The reason ther are too many cars trying to get thro' the town centre is because there is no public transport network
[quote][p][bold]keith moss[/bold] wrote: The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles. The number of these machines is escalating beyond control. Except by not having one, i did regain control. Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind. Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them. Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell. The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species. So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years. I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x[/p][/quote]The reason ther are too many cars trying to get thro' the town centre is because there is no public transport network Cymo
  • Score: 6

11:42am Wed 4 Jun 14

turtle2 says...

I see the Northwich Guardian are still using a photo of Town Bridge I sent in for a competition a few years back. I would have thought by now they would have wanted to use a new photo given that area's changed a bit but maybe they like my photo too much!
I see the Northwich Guardian are still using a photo of Town Bridge I sent in for a competition a few years back. I would have thought by now they would have wanted to use a new photo given that area's changed a bit but maybe they like my photo too much! turtle2
  • Score: 3

8:31am Thu 5 Jun 14

MrT1976 says...

turtle2 wrote:
I see the Northwich Guardian are still using a photo of Town Bridge I sent in for a competition a few years back. I would have thought by now they would have wanted to use a new photo given that area's changed a bit but maybe they like my photo too much!
You want to make sure some royalties are paid over!!
[quote][p][bold]turtle2[/bold] wrote: I see the Northwich Guardian are still using a photo of Town Bridge I sent in for a competition a few years back. I would have thought by now they would have wanted to use a new photo given that area's changed a bit but maybe they like my photo too much![/p][/quote]You want to make sure some royalties are paid over!! MrT1976
  • Score: 4

1:25pm Thu 5 Jun 14

47thmoon says...

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=PGI8YNa5f
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http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=PGI8YNa5f -M 47thmoon
  • Score: -2

6:36pm Thu 5 Jun 14

nicksey says...

Carlos99 wrote:
I agree with Matthew, and as for Nicksey! you lost the plot mate? The traffic doesn't back UP castle Hill anymore you plank! It queues down it and over Hayhurst bridge. However, this isn't anything to do with the one way system. Its entirely due to the poorly timed lights at the other end of Castle at the Iron Bridge!

The one way system is much better, it allows for free flowing traffic. The problems are entirely caused by stupid drivers! Like the ones that sit waiting to change lane BEFORE they go over town bridge!!

The only question I would have about reversing the one way this weekend is....where do you go at the bottom of castle hill? Surely the lay out of the new junction prevents you being able to turn right at all?
Carlos99 - I think you have proven yourself to be the plank here!

Your argument makes no sense at all. I sit in a queue of traffic virtually every day whilst travelling uphill from Northwich towards Castle/Hartford so the traffic does indeed back up castle hill. If I turn left out of Chester Way at the bottom of Navigation Rd the traffic here is often solid right up to the Iron bridge. That's a fact! These queues are caused by the gyratory forcing all traffic out onto Castle Street instead of previously allowing drivers to choose the best route to suit their destination. This causes bottlenecks on Castle St in both directions at various times of the day.

And as for the lights at the Iron Bridge causing queues down to the town then you have certainly lost the plot mate. If the traffic has already passed through the lights how can it then cause a queue further on down the road.
[quote][p][bold]Carlos99[/bold] wrote: I agree with Matthew, and as for Nicksey! you lost the plot mate? The traffic doesn't back UP castle Hill anymore you plank! It queues down it and over Hayhurst bridge. However, this isn't anything to do with the one way system. Its entirely due to the poorly timed lights at the other end of Castle at the Iron Bridge! The one way system is much better, it allows for free flowing traffic. The problems are entirely caused by stupid drivers! Like the ones that sit waiting to change lane BEFORE they go over town bridge!! The only question I would have about reversing the one way this weekend is....where do you go at the bottom of castle hill? Surely the lay out of the new junction prevents you being able to turn right at all?[/p][/quote]Carlos99 - I think you have proven yourself to be the plank here! Your argument makes no sense at all. I sit in a queue of traffic virtually every day whilst travelling uphill from Northwich towards Castle/Hartford so the traffic does indeed back up castle hill. If I turn left out of Chester Way at the bottom of Navigation Rd the traffic here is often solid right up to the Iron bridge. That's a fact! These queues are caused by the gyratory forcing all traffic out onto Castle Street instead of previously allowing drivers to choose the best route to suit their destination. This causes bottlenecks on Castle St in both directions at various times of the day. And as for the lights at the Iron Bridge causing queues down to the town then you have certainly lost the plot mate. If the traffic has already passed through the lights how can it then cause a queue further on down the road. nicksey
  • Score: 0

8:03am Fri 6 Jun 14

MatthewB says...

nicksey wrote:
Carlos99 wrote:
I agree with Matthew, and as for Nicksey! you lost the plot mate? The traffic doesn't back UP castle Hill anymore you plank! It queues down it and over Hayhurst bridge. However, this isn't anything to do with the one way system. Its entirely due to the poorly timed lights at the other end of Castle at the Iron Bridge!

The one way system is much better, it allows for free flowing traffic. The problems are entirely caused by stupid drivers! Like the ones that sit waiting to change lane BEFORE they go over town bridge!!

The only question I would have about reversing the one way this weekend is....where do you go at the bottom of castle hill? Surely the lay out of the new junction prevents you being able to turn right at all?
Carlos99 - I think you have proven yourself to be the plank here!

Your argument makes no sense at all. I sit in a queue of traffic virtually every day whilst travelling uphill from Northwich towards Castle/Hartford so the traffic does indeed back up castle hill. If I turn left out of Chester Way at the bottom of Navigation Rd the traffic here is often solid right up to the Iron bridge. That's a fact! These queues are caused by the gyratory forcing all traffic out onto Castle Street instead of previously allowing drivers to choose the best route to suit their destination. This causes bottlenecks on Castle St in both directions at various times of the day.

And as for the lights at the Iron Bridge causing queues down to the town then you have certainly lost the plot mate. If the traffic has already passed through the lights how can it then cause a queue further on down the road.
I used to live in Northwich for 9 years.
I come to Northwich only on a Saturday now and driving in and around Northwich is a pleasure now compared to how it used to be.
It was a nightmare before and I always advised people to avoid driving into town on a Saturday.
It is so much better now the traffic flows more freely.
[quote][p][bold]nicksey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carlos99[/bold] wrote: I agree with Matthew, and as for Nicksey! you lost the plot mate? The traffic doesn't back UP castle Hill anymore you plank! It queues down it and over Hayhurst bridge. However, this isn't anything to do with the one way system. Its entirely due to the poorly timed lights at the other end of Castle at the Iron Bridge! The one way system is much better, it allows for free flowing traffic. The problems are entirely caused by stupid drivers! Like the ones that sit waiting to change lane BEFORE they go over town bridge!! The only question I would have about reversing the one way this weekend is....where do you go at the bottom of castle hill? Surely the lay out of the new junction prevents you being able to turn right at all?[/p][/quote]Carlos99 - I think you have proven yourself to be the plank here! Your argument makes no sense at all. I sit in a queue of traffic virtually every day whilst travelling uphill from Northwich towards Castle/Hartford so the traffic does indeed back up castle hill. If I turn left out of Chester Way at the bottom of Navigation Rd the traffic here is often solid right up to the Iron bridge. That's a fact! These queues are caused by the gyratory forcing all traffic out onto Castle Street instead of previously allowing drivers to choose the best route to suit their destination. This causes bottlenecks on Castle St in both directions at various times of the day. And as for the lights at the Iron Bridge causing queues down to the town then you have certainly lost the plot mate. If the traffic has already passed through the lights how can it then cause a queue further on down the road.[/p][/quote]I used to live in Northwich for 9 years. I come to Northwich only on a Saturday now and driving in and around Northwich is a pleasure now compared to how it used to be. It was a nightmare before and I always advised people to avoid driving into town on a Saturday. It is so much better now the traffic flows more freely. MatthewB
  • Score: 4

9:31am Fri 6 Jun 14

WHS says...

God help us all!! Personally I like the one way system now I am used to it but the closure of the bridge will be a real test.
WHS.
God help us all!! Personally I like the one way system now I am used to it but the closure of the bridge will be a real test. WHS. WHS
  • Score: 5

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