Speed limit reduced on section of Altrincham Road

The speed limit on one of the main routes into Wilmslow has been reduced in an effort to improve road safety.

The speed limit on a stretch of Altrincham Road has been cut from 40mph to 30mph from a point approximately 40 metres north west of its junction with Nansmoss Lane to a point approximately 32 metres north west of its junction with Mobberley Road.

This speed reduction came into force on Monday 1st December.

The speed limit on Altrincham Road was reduced temporarily from 40mph to 30mph in October 2012, for safety reasons whilst access for the Waters Corporation's headquarters was constructed and the road realigned in the area. However, following requests from local residents, Wilmslow Town Council wrote to Cheshire East Council early last year requesting that the temporary 30 zone be made permanent on the A538.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "As part of S106 agreement relating to the Waters Development situated along A538 Altrincham Road, monies have been secured to fund the implementation of highways safety and accessibility measures within the vicinity of the new site.

"As a result of this agreement, a toucan crossing, new footway improvements and a speed limit reduction have been identified for implementation as part of the delivery of the agreement."

Altrincham Road


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

Mark Russell
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 2:40 pm
Utter nonense, country road with no ramblers ever down this strech of road.
Ian Hughes
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 3:15 pm
Utter Nonsense! Does Mr Russell think that all pavement users are ramblers?

Previously this stretch of road had no pavement at all and the only way a pedestrian could get from Mobberley Road to Nan Moss Lane was to walk in the road amongst the heavy and fast traffic. Now it is possible for a pedestrian to walk to from Wilmslow to the Waters complex and even the Honey Bee - that's progress, so there is every chance the footpath will be used, Well done CEC
Barry Buxton
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 3:20 pm
Why don't we make it 10 mph and have someone walking in front with a red flag.
John Featherstone
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 3:26 pm
another waste of good money?supose theve got to spend it on something
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 3:26 pm
For months down this road to do 5mph is good. I have never seen so many road/pavement works ,and temporary traffic lights.I have been in tail backs back to the runway tunnels.The cars parked outside the school should be banned totally.This is part of the problem.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 4:03 pm
A footpath has been needed for forty years to my knowledge but if Wilmslow residents are unwilling to visit a shop they can't park outside I can't imagine many walking to the Honeybee. This new factory on green belt with no or very few local employees has caused huge disruption and little benefit for the town. Where do the local residents live who asked for this speed limit - not one dwelling in the picture!!
Ian Hughes
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 4:38 pm
So does Mr Worthington speak for every Wilmslow resident in saying there is no need for any pedestrian paths because road transport is always the obvious choice?
Chris Boothman
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 5:54 pm
The photograph clearly shows no pavement along the road between Nan Moss lane and the new roundabout near Waters. This was the situation as of this Monday when I cycled along the A538 to Wilmslow. If there was a pavement/cycleway along this stretch of road it would benefit every form of transportation and pedestrians. The speed limit was reduced to help protect cyclists in those sharp bends. There would have been no need to reduce the traffic speed down to 30 MPH if it was constructed. The new pavement work and road crossing seem to be exclusively for the benefit of Waters, despite the fact that I only ever see cars leaving the facility. There is a blue signed cycle/walking route via Nan Moss lane to Mobberley Road but rarely used as a thoroughfare.
Birgitta Hoffmann
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 6:14 pm
Dear Simon, meet one of the people asking for the speed reduction. It will make it a lot easier to get to the
Honey Bee and incidentally the Smoke House but also for people from Pownall to just cross the road after catching the bus from Altrincham or to get to see friends in Morley or Styal (you would be surprised how many cycle foot and bridle paths cross here), and frankly will make it easier for motorists to turn onto Altrincham road coming from Morley. Well done, CEC.
Tress Attwell
Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 7:47 pm
What about a speed limit of 30mph and pavement on Adlington Road ? People actually live there.
Mark Russell
Thursday 11th December 2014 at 9:40 am
Ian, can you not detect sarcasm?? I drive down there twice a day and have done for years, not once have i seen anybody walking on that piece of road. Are you really telling me people walk to the Honey Bee?? As written above, nobody walks to Waters, they all drive.

Chris, the cycle path that takes the cyclists off the main road down nansmoss lane and brings them back out closer to Wilmslow surley protects them better than a 10mph reduction??
Graham Jackson
Thursday 11th December 2014 at 11:22 am
It would have made more sense to have constructed a roundabout at the junction, to and from, Morley Green.

The length of time this simple footpath/cycle-lane has taken is pathetic - shocking project management. I could have dug it quicker by hand.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 11th December 2014 at 11:31 am
I do wish people would read before responding. I stated that a footpath IS needed and questioned where the "local residents" live when I can see no houses. The usual council cockup at our expense. I expect we will need more houses now in case the workers at Waters want to move closer to work!!!
Pete Taylor
Saturday 13th December 2014 at 9:20 am
Nansmoss Lane forms part of the designated cycle route between Wilmslow and Manchester Airport (see the blue mandatory sign at the junction in the photo above); it is so narrow that, in places, grass grows down the middle, yet it has a 60mph speed limit!
So we now have a "main road" with a 30mph limit and a very minor road off it with a 60mph limit.

Unless some posts (better still, a fence) are put along the new cycle-way next to the Jim Evinson (sp?) field, it will merely become a week-end place for car-parking and any cyclists will be back on the road.
Richard Minton
Sunday 14th December 2014 at 9:24 pm
I M H O, the first part of the plan was flawed , that is moving the 30 limit away from Gorsey Bank School, where people took some notice of it and slowed before the primary school. The act of moving it out towards Jim E
Playing fields , had the opposite effect from that desired , ie it diluted the effect of the limit , to the point where it is an inappropriate limit for the road ,
therefore it is disregarded by many. Now it has moved even further into a
Non Built Up Area , so it's even more silly.
Also the design of the roundabout junction at Waters is completely flawed
the camber entering the junction throws the vehicles towards the centre island , which has been hit twice to my knowledge.
The cycle path which replaces the hawthorn hedge , will now be parked on
by cars at the weekends , as there is insufficient parking at the playing fields
Whilst Waters car park will be essentially empty. Great bit of planning all round, Par for the course for Cheshire East .dont vote them in next time .
Oh yes and where did Stamford Lodge go ? Listed building I think ?