Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Swing Bridge - Proposed Permanent Traffic Regulation Order

The text that follows below is the CWaC formal notice, statement of reasons and accompanying plan proposing a permanent Traffic Regulation Order for the A56 at the Swing Bridge to the east of Frodsham.
The bridge is set to re-open in the early autumn.  The restored bridge will only have one lane in each direction.  
As you can see from the plan the proposal is to continue with the existing temporary traffic management arrangements.  
This allows free movement of traffic into Frodsham and from Frodsham to the M56 motorway.  Those wishing to travel from Frodsham to Sutton Weaver will continue to have to loop around the first M56 roundabout.  This arrangement works without traffic lights.
It is important that everyone who wishes to express a view on the proposal responds to this consultation by 8 August 2014.    I'm going to have my say - make sure you have yours!

CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL
TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER
NOTICE is hereby given that the Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council propose to make the following Traffic Regulation Order in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL
(A56 SUTTON CAUSEWAY, SUTTON WEAVER)
(PROHIBITION OF RIGHT HANDTURN) ORDER 2014
The effect of the order will be to prohibit any vehicle proceeding in a northerly direction on the A56 Sutton Causeway to make a right hand turn into the A56 Chester Road, Sutton Weaver
Full details of the proposal are in the draft Order together with a plan which may be examined at the offices of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 1AH between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
If you wish to object to the proposed Order, or to any provisions contained in it, you may do so in writing specifying the grounds on which it is made, to the undersigned quoting reference TRO 865 by 8TH August 2014

Richard Flood
Area Highways Manager
Localities Directorate
Cheshire West and Chester Council, Winsford Area Highways Office, Phoenix House, Clough Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 4BD

16th July 2014 
STATEMENT OF REASONS

THE CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL
(A56 SUTTON CAUSEWAY, SUTTON WEAVER)
(PROHIBITION OF ACCESS) ORDER 2014


As part of the major refurbishment of Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge currently being undertaken, it is proposed to reduce the traffic to two lanes over the bridge to protect the structure from vehicular impacts.

Extensive traffic modelling work has been undertaken to assess the traffic impact of reducing it to two lanes over the bridge.

It has been requested by the Executive Member for Localities that a traffic order should be advertised to prohibit vehicles travelling from Frodsham towards Sutton Weaver to access the A56 Chester Road, Sutton Weaver. This will facilitate the removal of the traffic signal junction as the A56 Sutton Causeway and A557 Clifton Road will be the main route between the M56 motorway and Frodsham.

Traffic wishing to travel to Sutton Weaver will have to continue along A557 Clifton Road around Clifton Road Roundabout and back along A557 Clifton Road turning left into A56 Chester Road. This is illustrated on the plan attached to this order.