I FEEL that traffic from the Chester
direction wanting to get to Crewe, the Potteries and points south, etc,
should be diverted on to the "outer ring road" - the A51 Chester to
Stone road - at Burford Crossroads, the junction with the A534
Nantwich to Wrexham road, before it got anywhere near the road junction
at the aqueduct.
There is no mention of a ring road or a by pass at
the Burford Crossroads - just a clear sign to Nantwich straight on (via
the village of Acton on the A51).
Of course, there are other
roads from which traffic could have emerged and still ended up at the
aqueduct, but fewer vehicles would have been involved.
If, at Burford Crossroads, the A534, through Reaseheath,
was shown as a by-pass - and as a shorter route than going through Acton
and Nantwich - lot of
heavy traffic which isn't aiming for Nantwich could get to its destination
without shaking the town about.
Even when traffic correctly uses the new
inner ring road, it will circumnavigate
Welsh Row but will still emerge in the centre of town, next to the
River Weaver bridge, and have to continue through the town centre (three
routes according to where the drivers are going) to
reach the destinations.
There is a four-way system in
operation at the river bridge traffic lights. By that I mean, the four
roads get the green light one at a time.
The usual pattern at many other
junctions is that the lights let traffic proceed in two directions
(north and south or east and west) at the same time. Even if one lane
might be delayed in getting the green light to allow for traffic turning
right or left first.
You can wait quite a while for
your turn to come round in the current set up, and that is without pedestrians getting their
chance to cross - when all four lanes are halted.
ONE good thing about the new
proposals was that they did not include an idea to make Welsh Row one-way,
which would have caused enormous problems for locals (not to mention the
extra petrol used and greenhouse gasses emitted driving around the area
to the new road, and driving back into town).
That plan was rejected
by a council committee.
SOME years ago, there was a plan to close
Welsh Row and make Chester Road and the two new roads into a T-junction.
That would certainly have stopped traffic using Welsh Row.
Dabbers said a firm No to the idea and it was dropped.
One argument that
could have swayed the decision was that there might have been accidents
involving drivers suddenly being confronted with a dead end.
Half million pounds scheme for the road
A HALF-A-MILLION pound scheme for the
street - which was announced in April 2007 - would include:
better signing to send traffic into town
via the new road;
road narrowing near Malbank School on
the other side of the junction, as well at Marsh Lane and Queen's
Drive further on;
footpath widening (the same effect if
not the same thing as road narrowing?) outside the school and the St
Anne's Lane junction, further on again;
parking bays between Marsh Lane and St
Anne's Lane; and
a 7.5 tonnes weight limit - except for
scheme looked on completion