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A534 Wheelock Bypass/Wheelock Rail Trail Crossing point

Reported via desktop in the Hedge/Tree Maintenance category anonymously at 20:05, Sun 26 September 2021

Sent to Cheshire East Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3026190.

Dear Sirs

Although I know that you have already been made aware of this, I am writing to you to draw your attention to the dangerous situation at the point where users of the Wheelock Rail Trail have to cross the A534 Wheelock Bypass.

Crossing this busy main road on foot is increasingly hazardous, particularly when crossing in the direction of Malkins Bank towards Wheelock.

The hazards stem from the following:-

The volume of traffic using the road during much of the day

The National Speed Limit being in place on the road

Non adherence to that speed limit by many motorists

The absence of any lighting along that stretch of the road

However, the greatest danger is caused by the poor visibility at point of crossing. From a driver’s perspective, advance warning signage is obscured by trees and vegetation on the verges. The grass along the verge is high enough that even if one knows that the crossing is ahead it is not possible to see the gravelled pedestrian area. That is true in both directions. Travelling from Sandbach in the direction of Wheelock the road bends to the left which makes the crossing point very difficult to see as the trees and bushes have been allowed to grow forward and to obscure visibility.

As a pedestrian, it’s virtually impossible to see what traffic is approaching from the Sandbach direction without having to step into the road to get a view due to the overhanging vegetation. With traffic frequently travelling at high speed and sometimes being unlit crossing the road is simply dangerous and with the darker winter days and evenings approaching it will only get more so. The Rail Trail is used by hikers, runners, dog walkers, cyclists and parents with infants and children. However, having to cross the A534 in it’s current state is just simply dangerous. Before we suffer a tragedy, please act promptly to have the verges, bushes and trees at this crossing point trimmed to make it safe to cross the road

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  • Thank you for contacting Cheshire East Highways. We have logged your enquiry and passed it to a member of our team. We will assess your enquiry within 20 working days.

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 20:06, Sun 26 September 2021

  • We deal with defects based on the level of immediate risk. We have assessed the issue and it does not present an immediate risk to highway users at this time. As the problem you have reported is not causing an immediate safety issue we will now look at the best long- term approach for this location. We keep all roads and highway assets safe through our routine inspections. If anything is identified as a risk during a future inspection, we will take action to deal with it as appropriate.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 15:43, Wed 27 October 2021

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Cheshire East Council at 09:05, Fri 5 November 2021

  • We have assessed your report and have arranged to carry out work as soon as possible.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 14:29, Thu 18 November 2021

  • We are pleased to confirm that work is now complete, and your report has been closed.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 13:01, Mon 14 March 2022

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