6 March 2019
A scheme to improve traffic flow and safety on the A49-A51 junction near Tarporley (known locally as the Red Fox) will begin on Monday, 11 March.
The improvements will upgrade the junction and include new traffic signal islands within the carriageway, altering the phasing of the signals, separate right turn facilities into A49 Beeston and Eaton Road, new road markings and street lighting improvements together with the resurfacing of the full junction afterwards.
The work is expected to take five weeks and aims to improve traffic flow at the junction and improve safety. A number of incidents involving right turns at the junction meant it was listed for review by the Council’s Road Safety team. The scheme of improvements was then devised including safety improvements and planned maintenance work, to be carried out by the Council’s contractors, Ringway.
Road closures will only be in place overnight to minimise disruption, between the hours of 7pm and 6am and the junction will re-open during the day.
The duration of the works may be affected by weather conditions but at the moment the planned programme of improvements is as follows:
Following three weeks of improvements to the junction additional night closures will also be needed for resurfacing to take place across the full junction.
- Monday, March 11 for seven nights – A51 Crewe leg closed – diversion route A49 Tarporley Road, A54 Winsford to Middlewich onto the A530 back onto the A534 past Reaseheath college (and vice versa).
- Wednesday, March 20 for three nights –A49 Beeston leg closed – diversion A51 to A534 Burland to A49 Ridley and vice versa.
- Monday, March 25 for five nights – A49/A51 Chester leg – diversion route A49 Tarporley Road, A54 Winsford to Middlewich onto the A530 back onto the A534 past Reaseheath college (and vice versa).
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “This busy junction was earmarked for a safety review after several incidents. Our Highways service designed comprehensive improvements to improve traffic flow and safety at this location.
- From Monday 1 April for seven nights - full junction closure - diversion route A49 Tarporley Road, A54 Winsford to Middlewich onto the A530 back onto the A534 past Reaseheath college (and vice versa). During the daytime, closures will remain on both Eaton Lane and A49 Beeston legs of the junction with only the straight on movement between Chester to Nantwich (and vice versa) open to traffic.
“We will try to minimise traffic disruption working overnight, and we ask people to bear with us whilst we make these essential improvements.”
Updates about the scheme will be available on the Council's website.
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