MORE roadworks are planned outside Leighton Hospital.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has warned patients of potential 'inconvenience' next week.

Roadworks are taking place in Middlewich Road, with temporary traffic lights being installed.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “Temporary roadworks will be taking place on Middlewich Road from Monday (May 20) to Friday (May 24), which may affect your journey to Leighton Hospital via this route.

“We apologise for any inconvenience that these temporary roadworks may cause during the week commencing May 20, 2024.”

Initially, multiphase signals will be installed at the entrance to Leighton Hospital off Middlewich Road.

This will facilitate the completion of works at the junction.

Once works have progressed further south of the junction, the temporary lights will be used as two-way control signals.

In a bid to minimise disruption, the signals will be manually controlled during peak times – 7.30am to 9.30am and then again from 3.30pm to 6pm.

Northwich Guardian: Temporary traffic lights will be installed on Middlewich Road on Monday (May 20)Temporary traffic lights will be installed on Middlewich Road on Monday (May 20) (Image: MCHT)

These latest roadworks follow nearly two months of disruption on Smithy Lane as part of Cheshire East Council’s North West Crewe Package of road improvements.

The scheme is designed to ease congestion and improve access to the hospital, whilst also supporting new and existing housing developments and bringing opportunities for local businesses to expand.

This includes the construction of a new 2.6km single-carriageway road and seven new roundabouts, as well as the realignment of Smithy Lane and Flowers Lane.

The package also includes the extension of the Connect 2 walking and cycling route connecting the hospital with northwest Crewe.

To facilitate the work, Smithy Lane East was closed from the junction of Bradfield Road to the east of the hospital entrance from March 4 to April 19.

A two-way signal was then put in place between March 25 and April 27.