Close partnership working leads to North Road safety improvements

16 November 2016

North Road in Ellesmere Port is a safer place to travel following a successful 18 month project involving Cheshire West and Chester Council working collaboratively with Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall Motors, Cheshire Constabulary, DHL, Less Common Metals and Quality Freight Group.

Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Excellent partnership working has led to the installation of traffic calming and double yellow lines along the length of North Road.

“The work was in response to articulated lorries regularly parking along the road, creating a single traffic lane. Large numbers of vehicles also congregated in the area and reports were received of cars racing up and down the road. Several near misses had been reported by staff travelling to and from work at Vauxhall Motors.” Helen Brackenbury, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “Road safety and safer neighbourhoods are a priority for the partnership this year. The reports of racing activity on North Road, coupled with the parked lorries, were a real safety concern.

“Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire Constabulary and local businesses worked together closely to find a solution to the problem. Vauxhall Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, DHL and Councillor Diane Roberts, Ward Member for Netherpool, all provided funds to enable the installation works. 

“Vehicles no longer congregate on the road and general speeding has been reduced. This has been a true partnership success and I would like to thank everyone involved.”

All partners came together at North Road to mark the success of the project. Pictured (from left) are: Andy Raynor, Cheshire West and Chester Council Highways Team; John Hickson, Vauxhall Motors; Martyn Bowen, DHL (Jaguar Land Rover); Audrey Gaffney, Cheshire West and Chester Council Regeneration Team; PC Phill Hunt, Cheshire Constabulary; Chief Inspector Sarah Pengelly, Cheshire Constabulary; Terry Maher, Jaguar Land Rover; Ian Evans, DHL (Jaguar Land Rover); Ian Higgins, Less Common Metals; Nigel Kent, Quality Freight Group; John Hickey, Cheshire West and Chester Council Locality Team; Graham Jones, Cheshire West and Chester Council Street Scene; Mike Harding, Cheshire West and Chester Council Street Scene; Richard Stratton, Cheshire West and Chester Council Street Scene; Darren Coleman, Cheshire West and Chester Council Street Scene; Shamen Naidu, Cheshire West and Chester Council Integrated Early Support Community Safety Team; Ian Sullivan, Cheshire West and Chester Council Integrated Early Support Community Safety Team.

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