A500 closed - highways roadworks sign (pic by Jonathan White)

One of the busiest roads in and out of Nantwich is to close for 10 days so engineers can remove two manholes.

The A530 Whitchurch Road, in Aston, will be shut to all traffic when the project starts in February.

United Utilities said the work is essential as the manholes “have been creating a lot of noise and disruption”.

Letters have been sent to residents across Nantwich warning of the work, which will cause traffic problems for thousands of people who use the A530 every day.

It says the work is due to start on Monday February 16 and will take up to 10 days.

The A530 will be closed near to Yew Tree Cottage, and the highway will have to be dug up to remove the manholes and chambers.

United Utilities said: “There’s a lot of construction work involved in the removal of the manholes, so we’ll need to close the road to complete the work.

“We’ll have a clearly signposted diversion on site to help you around our work.

“We’re sorry if this work affects your daily routine. We know roadworks are a pain. Our team on site will do all they can to help.”

The works will not affect household sewer mains.


  1. simon watson says:

    Just had one hell of a time traveling from Nantwich to whitchurch. There were no clear diversions from this side which was confirmed by the amount of drivers turning around and blindly driving down dark country road with no signposts.

    • AP says:

      Couldn’t agree more Simon. The signage is terrible. There are diversions signed from the A500, but if you aren’t coming from the bypass, or if you don’t know where Aston is, then there is no indication at all of where to go. At the very least there should be diversion signs starting at the Shrewbridge Road/Audlem Road junction.

  2. Fred Murray says:

    Cheshire East need to go on a fact finding tour to Fuerteventura Canaries. Their roads are a managed project of a quality that has never been seen in the UK. Makes our country look like Bob the Builder has the contract!!

  3. Stephen Hendry says:

    I am fed up to the back teeth of all of the roadworks nonsense in this area. You do not need this long to replace manholes it’s absolute moonshine. Do it in sections, minimise disruption and above all stop feeding the public this utter nonsense. It is about time Cheshire East council grew a pair and demanded of both the utilities people and their own highways division some proper standards and realistic timescales. People do not have the time to waste changing their busy lives and schedules because they can’t sort themselves out and do the work in a timely and efficient manner.

  4. chris smith says:

    10 days to remove two manholes and chambers? Who is doing it- one man and a barrow? Does a major outfit like United Utilities not have the manpower and equipment to do this in a much shorter time?
    And I bet they leave the road surface in a mess when they have finished like they do everywhere else, even though they are supposed to reinstate the road surface to the full specification. Unfortunately the council doesn’t persue these utilities for damaging our roads.

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