STATEMENT OF REASONS
CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL
(A56 CHESTER ROAD, B5393 TARVIN ROAD, MATTYS LANE, DIG LANE,
HATLEY LANE, WOODHOUSES LANE, CHESTNUT LANE, THE RIDGEWAY,
FRODSHAM, B5393 TARVIN ROAD AND FRODSHAM ROAD, BACK LANE,
COMMONSIDE, BURROWS LANE, ALVANLEY)
(50 MPH AND 40 MPH SPEED LIMITS) ORDER 2014
The A56 is a rural A class road running between Helsby and Frodsham; the B5393 Tarvin Road and Frodsham Road is a rural B class road running from the A56 to Alvanley; the remaining roads listed lead off the A56 or B5393. The assessment was carried out at the request of the Parish Councils along the route and the ward members. All the roads are currently subject to the national speed limit (60mph).
The results of the assessment, following the latest guidance from the Department for Transport, suggested that the section of the A56 between Mattys Lane and Castle Park would benefit from a speed limit reduction to 40mph.
For consistency Mattys Lane, Dig Lane and Hatley Lane are also recommended for reduction to 40mph.
The remaining section of the A56 is more open, has one junction and no accesses so the recommendation is for the speed limit between Mattys Lane and the speed limit change near Woodhouses Park be reduced to 50mph.
The B5393 Frodsham Road/Tarvin Road from the speed limit change near Ardern Lea to Alvanley Park was assessed as being appropriate for a reduction to 40mph. The entire length of Back Lane and first 260m of Commonside which share a cross roads with the B5393 was also appropriate for a 40mph speed limit.
The B5393 Tarvin Road from the A56 to its junction with The Ridgeway, The Ridgeway and remaining length of Commonside were determined to be suitable for a 50mph speed limit and for consistency Woodhouses Lane, Chestnut Lane and Burrows Lane were to be the same too.
The speed limits proposed, but nothing lower, meets the Department for Transport guidance on setting local speed limits and is supported by the Police, Alvanley Parish Council, Frodsham Town Council and the local CWaC Members.
The proposed speed limit will be joint funded by the local elected members, and Cheshire West and Chester Council.