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From GRAHAM, the Principal Contractor working on behalf of Cheshire East Council to deliver the Congleton Link Road Project:

Please note below, an update on the road closures/diversions for your information.

ROAD CLOSURE – Back Lane (West), Somerford

The closure will enable the construction of Back Lane (West) including the new roundabout, There will be no access to through traffic along this section of Back Lane, with access to the playing fields been maintained via Holmes Chapel Road. Access to properties on Back Lane will be maintained via Chelford Road.

Started – 2nd September 2019
Planned Completion – Late 2020

ROAD CLOSURE  - Sandy Lane, Somerford, Between A54 Holmes Chapel Road and A534 Sandbach Road

The closure will enable us to access the adjacent land to carry out earthworks, divert drainage and construct the Sandbach Road and Holmes Chapel Road roundabouts. Sandy Lane will be closed for an initial period of 9 months.

Started – 28th May 2019
Planned Completion - Late February 2020

TEMPORARY TWO 2-WAY CARRIAGEWAY – Chelford Road, Somerford, Between Black Firs Lane and Back Lane

To enable the construction of the Chelford Road overbridge and divert existing services, traffic will be diverted onto a newly constructed 2-way carriageway.

Temporary Speed Limit – Speed limit to be reduced from national speed limit to 10mph through the works area. The reduction is necessary due to the alignment of the temporary carriageway and interface of construction traffic accessing to and from the works site.

Started – 9th July 2019
For the duration of the Chelford Road overbridge construction

TEMPORARY CARRIAGEWAY & TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Giantswood Lane, Hulme Walfield, Between Westlow Mere and Smithy Lane

In order to facilitate construction of the Giantswood Lane overbridge, traffic has been diverted onto a temporary carriageway. A 10 mile per hour speed restriction will be imposed 24 hours a day.

Started – 1st May 2019
For the duration of the Giantswood Lane overbridge construction

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Macclesfield Road, Eaton

Temporary traffic lights will be in place to enable service diversions.

Started – 18th November 2019
Planned Completion – 20th December 2019


Temporary traffic lights will be in place between the hours of 8.00 am – 4.00 pm to enable service diversions..

Started – 2nd December 2019
Planned Completion – 6th December 2019

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If you want to talk informally to a councillor over any parish matters, come to one of our Councillor Consultation events, when two parish councillors will be available to talk to you.

Your next opportunity is on Saturday, 7 December between 10:00am and 11:00am in the Glebe Farm coffee shop.

Or see our councillor consultation events page for details of this and future events.


Cheshire East Highways have informed us of the following forthcoming roadworks:

  • Childs Lane, near Brownlow Heath Farm: on 3 December 2019, Spen Maintenance will be undertaking tree cutting works around overhead cables. The road will be closed
  • Peel Lane, approx 49 meters north-west from Astbury St Marys C of E Primary School: on 7 and 8 December 2019, United Utilities will be installing a new water connection to the main supply. Traffic will be controlled by lights

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If you want to talk informally to a councillor over any parish matters, come to one of our Councillor Consultation events.

On one Saturday each month starting in November, two parish councillors will be available to talk to you between 10:00am and 11:00am in the Glebe Farm coffee shop.  See this page for dates and the names of councillors expected to attend.