Traffic delays driving motorists round the bend


Motorists are expressing their frustration at being stuck in long queues due to road works and temporary traffic lights, or the lack of, across the town.

David Briggs told "At 11am (Wednesday, 9th August) leaving Wilmslow there was a 1.5 mile queue as far back as the Honey Bee from roadworks and temporary single carriageway lights after the airport tunnels.

"There was a 30 minute wait to reach the M56/Hale lights/roundabout but no traffic waiting in the other direction. Simple monitoring and real time adjustment of the temporary lights would have reduced waiting time by at least two thirds."

Just after 5pm on Thursday, 10th August, traffic heading out of Wilmslow on the A538 was queuing back from Airport City to the roundabout at Waters.

Additionally local residents have contacted reporting long delays due to the closure of Cliff Road and and Chancel Lane.

One driver said "On Monday when it took me 45 minutes to get from Styal Road to Wilmslow and it's now affecting Stanneylands Road too as others find a quicker route home."

Another told us "It took me an hour to do 8 miles on Monday evening coming past the airport from Altrincham, first stopped at temp lights near the garage then queued from the prison to Manchester Road... why don't they plan better."

Cliff Road and and Chancel Lane is used as short cut by many drivers so currently everyone is having to go to the end of Styal Road to join Manchester Road which is causing problems.

One driver said "They haven't even bothered to put temporary lights at the junction of Styal Road and Manchester Road so the queues are terrible."

Another responded "They definately need to do this, the queue tails back all the way past Styal Prison because nobody will let you out on Manchester Road."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jonathan Fox
Friday 11th August 2017 at 3:49 pm
Don't forget that Woodford road between Hazel grove and Woodford is closed. There are temporary lights in Bramhall where the new link road passes through. The Silk Road is closed which is pushing all the normal traffic onto the the Wilmslow by-pass and through Prestbury. The whole of North East Cheshire is traffic hell. It's as if they said to hell with it let's do all the roadworks at the same time and we'll weather the storm.

If work was actually going on that would be something but half the time these cones and lights are unnecessary. They should not be in place if work is not happening.
Nick Jones
Friday 11th August 2017 at 4:48 pm
“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence".... Buddha
( Not CEC Highways Dept )...
The Perfect Storm, of gridlock and motoring chaos in our county continues, Road Rage and frustration rears its ugly head, fortunately not duplicating the opening scenes of Michael Douglas’s character Mr D-Fens storming off and starting world war three as in ‘Falling Down’... but plenty of time yet !!!! Keep Calm and Carry on folks !... and This is a ‘Carry On’... AGAIN !!
Manuel Golding
Friday 11th August 2017 at 4:49 pm
Queue affected drivers will be heartened & reassured by a recent "professional" observation & explanation by a East Cheshire Highways officer - 'being in a queue of traffic is only made to appear far worse than it is by the drivers' perceptions of time'.
So we queuing drivers have got it all wrong. listen to the experts to kid you "rain is dry".
Just another example of all those connected with this rotten borough believe they can continue to fool us about everything.
Time is up Cheshire East, we've had enough of your long term, costly incompetence.
Next elections, boot 'em out and hopefully we elect enough independents, including RoWs, to have a total clear out of the rubbish inhabiting & being over paid at this council.
Simon Worthington
Saturday 12th August 2017 at 9:38 am
All of the current roadworks including Styal Road, the tunnels, Airport City etc. etc and large building projects; Woodford, Adlington Road etc. should not have been allowed to proceed unless necessary for the constuction of the new car park (AKA Semmms) which is based on 2007 traffic levels and housing. The chaos in Wilmslow (compounded by Royal London and the usual poor planning at existing bypass entrances and exits) will be shifted on completion which is already behind schedule, hardly surprising when few workers seem to be present around Stanley Green where the restrictions have been in place for years.
Those in charge have once again proved their disdain for those who pay their wages. Cheshire East is a Kafkaesque shambles and GMC is a profit driven business. The incompetence surrounding roads, planning and a complete failure to build any infrastructure other than more retail outlets should be resulting in criminal charges and a reversion to Town Councils. I suggest a starting place is for a class action by those whose children have failed to secure a school place at the school nearest their homes.
Nasir Ali
Saturday 12th August 2017 at 12:14 pm
Time to vote for another party at the next local / general election. I've never lived in a town with so much chaos.

I have no idea how council leaders can show their faces in public, but I guess that's what everyone wanted and voted for recently.

The town centre itself is a shadow of what it should be. Has anyone seen what they've achieved in Altrincham? Where are all our thriving independents?

But I get the feeling this town is for the few and not the many. I.e. If you drive a oversized car, live behind a gate and have 4 holidays a year. None of this touches you.

CEC do not care about normal people.
Stewart Dyer
Saturday 12th August 2017 at 12:51 pm
Last week the signs at the tunnel roadworks were changed to say that the works would last for 30 weeks (from the start date at the beginning of May) instead of the 20 weeks originally indicated. That adds another two and a half months to one source of the current misery.
Manuel Golding
Saturday 12th August 2017 at 5:19 pm
@ Stewart Dyer - a further 10 weeks? That is disgraceful and the council involved, I think it is Manchester, should be brought to book. This delay is costing motorists, indeed the country in extra imported fuel costs to enable motorists to sit longer in the queues as a result of authority incompetence.
Maybe it would help to speed up the work if they put increased men onto the job, instead of the odd couple we see scattered around. This is not good enough.
Alan Brough
Monday 14th August 2017 at 11:07 am
I think that the congestion approaching Airport City could be removed if the right turn (heading from the motorway) into Airport City was blocked and vehicles forced to travel through the tunnels and turn around the roundabout before heading back through the tunnels and "slipping" left into Airport City.

Yes, it would inconvenience the Amazon and DHL traffic but it would stop the daily grind experienced by thousands of other motorists leaving Wilmslow.
Simon Worthington
Monday 14th August 2017 at 1:30 pm
We have the incompetents of East Cheshire to deal with. GMC and the airport owners are far, far worse, much more grasping and have no interest in anything apart from cash and power. All we can hope for is that, when the new road from near Derbyshire to the airport and motorways is complete all large vehicles are banned from Wilmslow and Handforth other than for access. A sign at the M56 exit, the existing bypass exits at Handforth, Summerfields and Alderley Road should do the trick, followed by strict times during which access is allowed. Plenty of cameras exist to catch miscreants.
Bob Bracegirdle
Wednesday 16th August 2017 at 5:57 pm
Yawn. What do you expect when everyone in a rapidly increasing population expects to have a car per person able to go anywhere? It's simply not possible. As soon as any works are needed you get chaos. Wilmslow - Manchester by bus 50-60 years ago took 50min or less with no by passes and stops every 1/4 mile or so.

Meanwhile how many new houses?
John Featherstone
Thursday 17th August 2017 at 11:07 am
all of the above are correct, all know what is going on, lets see how long it takes for the council to do something positive to clear this carry on up?????
Estelle Lewis
Sunday 20th August 2017 at 9:48 pm
............... and the future of our roads will only worsen when the new 'planning application' goes through
Fiona McEwan
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 8:40 pm
If only we knew what was happening it would make the delays worth while.