Modifications to be made to six months old Northwich Gyratory System

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In the next few weeks modifications are being made to the Northwich Gyratory scheme which has now been in place for nearly six months.

This scheme has been undertaken as part of an 18 month experimental order so that it can be assessed on whether it has improved the traffic movements around Northwich town centre.

It has been closely monitored since its implementation and slight amendments are being made, based on survey work and user comments.

Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment said: “We really welcome the comments and feedback we have received from residents, motorists and the travelling public and these have been monitored from day one.

“All feedback helps us focus on how the new gyratory is working so that we can make changes to improve the flow of traffic around Northwich.

“As a result of this approach there are further changes planned in the forthcoming weeks as part of the trial to address some of the issues which drivers have raised and we have identified through our survey work.

We believe these measures will help improve the safety and traffic flows around the town centre.”

The key changes will be:

  • To improve capacity, the Chester Way traffic leading across London Road will become three lanes, with centre and outside right lanes having through access up to the bridge. Traffic will still be able to turn right into Dane Street.
  • To reduce lane swopping, Weaver Way junction at the Bull Ring (from Town Bridge direction only) will be closed. Weaver Way will still be accessible via Dane Street and from the top of the town via Leicester Street.
  • Alterations to lane markings along Watling Street to reduce lane swopping.
  • New ‘Keep Clear’ road markings at junction of Navigation Road and Chester Way outside the Co-op to help motorists join the system.
  • The Apple Market Street car park entrance will become two-way, with the rear exit to the Bull Ring being closed. This will improve traffic flows at the Bull Ring junction.

Continued Councillor Riley: “We would ask everyone to please bear with us and continue to give this system time to evolve and thorough close monitoring will be carried out by Council engineers.

“We believe these further amendments will ultimately help to improve the flow of traffic around Northwich and will really help when we start to bring forward the key developments that are part of the wider re-generation of Northwich will bring”.

The trial continues to be monitored closely and if you wish to make further comments please contact the Highways Department on 0300 123 7036 or alternatively, email the contact centre onwyvernhousecontactcentre@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

It should be noted that the closing date for formal objections to the experimental order is July 30th 2012. Please send comments to Planning and Transport, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Phoenix House, Clough Road, Winsford, CW7 4BD.