Chapel Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening 1st Feb ( updated )

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Chapel Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening 1st Feb ( updated )

Postby Graham » 16 Jan 2017, 11:54am

Email from Wesley wrote:Please inform all readers that the latest information on the reopening
of. Church Lane Bucklow Hill will be the 21. January.
I have been in regular contact with the main contractor for months and this
week I was told this is the date the are aiming for.


Not able to post for himself, but thanks for the information.

I know nothing about this.

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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby eileithyia » 16 Jan 2017, 12:17pm

About time, especially as the parallel alternative is permanently closed by the new road, shame no one forward planned and kept a cyclist's alternative route open.
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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby drossall » 16 Jan 2017, 10:01pm

Curiosity only, but what's the latest upgrade? This is the A556?

I think it was at the Chapel Lane/A556 lights that, as a teenager decades ago, I discovered the phenomenon of lights that don't notice bikes.

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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby eileithyia » 16 Jan 2017, 10:56pm

There's a new road being put in to bypass the current A556, http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a ... provement/
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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby drossall » 17 Jan 2017, 11:49pm

I was going to ask if that meant we could have the J37 back, but that (if I've remember my numbers right) was south of the M6. I did a lot of my early time trialling on that road :D

And they put lights at Lostock Gralam that rather ruined it anyway :(

I'm up for a wedding in Lower Peover in April. Maybe I'll have a look.

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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby walterwesley » 18 Jan 2017, 9:06am

This morning I received an up date on Church Lane reopening.
Resurfacing work now taking place on 21st so I will attempt to keep our members informed of
any progress.
Wes Brown.

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Bucklow Hill (A556) Bye Pass.

Postby walterwesley » 26 Jan 2017, 5:10pm

Hello again, I have just received the latest up to date information from the main contractor on the
Bucklow Hill Bye Pass The A556.
It will finally reopen on the 1st of February, next Wednesday.
Wes Brown.

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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby eileithyia » 26 Jan 2017, 6:52pm

Thanks did not get chance to post yesterday but as we discovered... still not open
PS It's Chapel Lane.
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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby blackbike » 27 Jan 2017, 10:29am

eileithyia wrote:About time, especially as the parallel alternative is permanently closed by the new road, shame no one forward planned and kept a cyclist's alternative route open.


If only it was a parallel route. It is one side of a triangle and the closure means a longer way round on the other two sides.

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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby eileithyia » 27 Jan 2017, 5:28pm

blackbike wrote:
eileithyia wrote:About time, especially as the parallel alternative is permanently closed by the new road, shame no one forward planned and kept a cyclist's alternative route open.


If only it was a parallel route. It is one side of a triangle and the closure means a longer way round on the other two sides.


Ok so I agree not strictly a parallel route but Bucklow Hill Lane kept open until all work on Chapel Lane was completed, would save having to take to the A50 :lol:
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Re: Church Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening Jan 21st

Postby blackbike » 27 Jan 2017, 7:21pm

eileithyia wrote:
blackbike wrote:
eileithyia wrote:About time, especially as the parallel alternative is permanently closed by the new road, shame no one forward planned and kept a cyclist's alternative route open.


If only it was a parallel route. It is one side of a triangle and the closure means a longer way round on the other two sides.


Ok so I agree not strictly a parallel route but Bucklow Hill Lane kept open until all work on Chapel Lane was completed, would save having to take to the A50 :lol:


It has all been a bit of an inconvenience, and the permanent closure of a country lane is not good.

It reminds me of the building of the second runway at the airport about 20 years ago which also created a few new cui-de-sacs on rural lanes.

Hopefully the old A556 will become a nice country lane, or at least a road which a cyclist without suicidal tendencies can use safely.

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Re: Chapel Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening 1st Feb ( updated )

Postby Pete Owens » 28 Jan 2017, 1:32am

At least they are now building a bridge over Chapel Lane. When I went to the original consultation several years ago, the plan was to close it permanently - with the only crossing being at a new junction a couple of km to the north. I pointed out that the road was part of the Cheshire Cycleway and currently the only realistic crossing point for cyclists heading east-west, so maybe they actually listened.

To those unfamiliar with this scheme - the basic idea is fully justified. The A556 currently acts a part of the M6/M56 junction thus takes pretty much all the Manchester-Birmingham traffic on a horrible single carriageway road with four narrow lanes. What they should really have done is build a short motorway link a few km west which would only connect with the Motorways and remove virtually all the traffic from the current road - which could be downgraded to a country lane (or "upgraded" from a cycling POV). This would mean that the road could be used by cyclists heading between Tabley and Altrincham.

Unfortunately, what they are doing is building a motorway-in-all-but name - which uses the existing alignment of the A556 on the northern part and converting the rest of the road to a high specification B road, which will still be unatractive to cyclists - though vastly better than the existing arrangement. From the Highways Agency perspective they saw zero demand for cycling along the route because the the current zero useage (without it occurring to them that the horrible conditions are the reason) so no point in making the route attractive for cyclists.

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Re: Chapel Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening 1st Feb ( updated )

Postby drossall » 28 Jan 2017, 9:30am

Although surely traffic on the A556, had they built the motorway link, would not be different from what it will be on the new B road?

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Re: Chapel Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening 1st Feb ( updated )

Postby MikeF » 28 Jan 2017, 10:12am

Are Highways England following their guidelines?http://www.standardsforhighways.co.uk/ha/standards/ians/pdfs/ian195.pdf :wink:
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Re: Chapel Lane, Bucklow Hill reopening 1st Feb ( updated )

Postby xerxes » 11 May 2018, 9:03pm

Pete Owens wrote:Unfortunately, what they are doing is building a motorway-in-all-but name - which uses the existing alignment of the A556 on the northern part and converting the rest of the road to a high specification B road, which will still be unatractive to cyclists

Well, now that the new road has been open for a year, there is so little traffic on the B road that it is fine for cyclists. Additionally, what they have done is convert part of the old road into a cycleway. A total waste of money and resources.

I commuted for 30 years between Altrincham & Knutsford. Riding along the A556 was unpleasant, some might say nightmarish, and I would only use it as a last resort if my preferred route through the lanes of Ashley & Mobberley was likely to be iced up. A dedicated cycle lane would certainly have been useful in those days - but they only build one now when it is no longer needed. Who makes these decisions?