Sandy Lane, Chester due to re-open 10 June

12 May 2016

Sandy Lane, Chester is programmed to re-open on 10 June, following its closure in April to protect the safety of the public. The road is closed near to the junction with Stocks Lane due to the stability and integrity of the road being compromised and put at risk by a private developer excavating adjacent to Sandy Lane.

The closure is necessary to allow emergency repair works to a large sewer together with repairs to the road and footway.  

Said Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure: “Regular meetings have taken place with the developer and their contractor and we have emphasised the need to re-open Sandy Lane as soon as possible as it is causing unnecessary inconvenience to the public.”

To avoid the official diversion route, traffic is using local roads such as Stocks Lane and Dee Banks and this additional volume of traffic is causing concerns to residents in this area.

In an attempt to deter traffic from using these local roads, Cheshire West and Chester Council have added signs at each end of these roads saying “No through traffic - Residents Access Only”.  This was well received by residents but regular traffic counts have shown this has had little effect on reducing traffic on these roads.

Added Councillor Clarke: “In order to help Dee Banks and Stocks Lane we are adding additional traffic management on the Sandy Lane approach. This will consist of barriers on part of the road and chicanes to make it more difficult for vehicles to negotiate. Once in place, the volume of traffic will again be monitored.”   Traffic monitoring will continue in this area to ensure the impact this closure has on the local area and community is minimised. If necessary, further measures will be considered if the latest proposals do not have the desired effect.

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