traffic chaos in nantwich

Highways bosses say a number factors caused the traffic chaos across Nantwich this week.

Thousands have been caught up in gridlock as a result of resurfacing work at the junction of Hospital Street, London Road and Millstone Lane, in Nantwich.

And it was made worse by over-running works, M6 incidents, and broken machinery.

But the council declined to explain why resurfacing required a closure and was not completed in quieter summer period.

The gridlock led some drivers to carry out dangerous acts such as queuing on the Nantwich level crossing when the barriers are down (pictured).

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council told us: “Cheshire East’s highways teams are engaged in essential resurfacing work at the junction of Hospital Street, London Road and Millstone Lane, in Nantwich.

“This is a residential area and, therefore, this work is taking place during daylight hours and cannot be undertaken at night time.

“Full closure is required but access is permitted for local residents and businesses.

“Contractors experienced a fault with essential machinery, which extended the required closure time, although steps were taken to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

“An accident on the M6 motorway at the time of this congestion compounded the problem and increased local traffic flows.

“There was an overrun on unrelated gas-main works alongside the diversion.

“While this is not associated with our highways work, we can confirm the traffic management arrangements put in place enabled free flow of traffic in both directions past the works area.

“We would urge drivers to follow the diversions in place and follow all traffic management signs – and not put themselves, or any other motorists, road users or pedestrians, at risk.”

Resurfacing work at the junction of Hospital Street, London Road and Millstone Lane is set to continue until October 1.

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