MOTORISTS faced large queues in an out of Northwich yesterday, as roadworks to aid Dane Valley construction began.

Temporary three-way traffic lights are in place at the junction of London Road and the A533, and – weather permitting – are set to remain in place for six weeks.

READ >>> Six weeks of roadworks planned for Dane Valley development

At rush hour last night, Monday, there were queues of around half an hour on the approach to the lights from both Northwich and Kingsmead.

Northwich Guardian:

A Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesman said this morning, Tuesday: "An engineer was on site this morning from 8.30am until 9.30am and the contractor was manually controlling the temporary traffic lights in peak hours.

"The traffic management operative will be on site between 7.30am and 6.30pm to make any amendment to the traffic flows if required."

More than 220 homes will be built on the Dane Valley after plans were approved on appeal earlier this year, with the development requiring access from the main road.

Roadworks to facilitate the development will include modifications to the traffic signal junction and resurfacing works in London Road.

Northwich Guardian:

The plans were rejected by Cheshire West and Chester Council on design grounds, but the decision was overturned by the government’s planning inspectorate.

READ >>> First Dane Valley homes expected by end of next year

CWAC said in September that the temporary traffic lights would be manually controlled in peak hours.

There will also be regular contact between the Highways team and contractors, with extended working hours undertaken to complete the works as soon as possible.