Anthony Bolding

Padgbury Lane speed reduction

2019-09-30 Highways 5 comments

As part of the speed mitigation measures that are associated with the Congleton Link Road, Cheshire East Highways have proposed a solution here.

I don’t think their proposal will be effective and I would also like to see more Active Travel measures used as part of the solution. I am proposing to send the letter below to the highways department and I am asking you to support my letter by filling in the form here. You can dowload a PDF copy of this letter here.

I would appreciate your support by signing the form here

If you approve of some but not all of my suggestions then please copy and paste those you approve of and send your comments to



We, the undersigned, request that you review your proposal for vehicle speed reduction along Padgbury Lane.

Given that Cheshire East have committed to become carbon neutral by 2025, the UK Government has committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, Congleton Town Council has declared a climate emergency and Cheshire East local transport plan chapter 7 regarding Active and Smarter Travel sentence 1 says “Active travel such as walking and cycling, complementing an effective bus and rail network, should be at the heart of any transport strategy aiming to achieve a transport system which offers travel choice.” we think that the plan should be revised to include active travel as part of the solution.

Our suggestions include:

  1. Create a cycle lane on the south west side of Padgbury Lane from the junction with the A34 Newcastle Road to the A534 Sandbach Road. This cycle lane should have armadillo protection where the width is sufficient.
  2. Create a shared use pedestrian/ cycle lane on the north east side of Padgbury Lane from Sandbach Road to Newcastle Road. This can be achieved by increasing the pavement width from Sandbach Road to the junction with Greenacres Road. The continuation has no need to use the existing road as there is sufficient width to widen the pavement without encroaching on the road space.
  3. Give pedestrians and cyclists priority when crossing junctions at Greenacres Road, Arnside Avenue and Ullswater Road.
  4. Provide 2 pedestrian / Pelican crossings at strategic points crossing Padgbury Lane.
  5. Instead of dropping kerbs across Greenacres Road, Arnside Avenue and Ullswater road could you raise the table instead. A raised table will slow the traffic more effectively and make it safer for pedestrians especially small people, children and those in wheelchairs to be seen by motorists.
  6. We believe that closing the slip road from the A34 Newcastle Road to Padgbury Lane will have virtually no benefit in speed reduction but will have a detrimental environmental impact as vehicles would need to accelerate from the junction as opposed to coasting as they do at present.
  7. We believe that making Padgbury Lane no entry except for cyclists and abnormal loads from the junction with the part of Padgbury Lane that is now a cul-de-sac, the old road, will prevent Padgbury Lane being used as a rat-run whilst causing minimum inconvenience for the residents.

  8. A better solution with the junction of the A34 Newcastle Road is to create a roundabout. This would increase the safety for drivers turning right from Padgbury Lane onto the A34 Newcastle Road southbound and also make it safer for vehicles and cyclists emerging from Astbury Mere. This would then create a reasonably safe cycle route from the Town Centre via Wagg Street, The Crescent, Ennerdale Drive, Astbury Mere, Padgbury Lane to the Congleton High School.

We believe our suggestions will help to increase the take up of active travel and at the same time achieve the aim of reduced vehicle speed along Padgbury Lane, which forms part of the Cheshire Cycleway. We request that you give our suggestions serious consideration and help achieve the aims that Cheshire East, the Government and the Town Council have set on behalf of the residents of Congleton.

Yours Sincerely

Anthony Bolding

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I would appreciate your support by signing the form here


  1. A great initiative Ant. My only reservation is the raised table. If I understand correctly, this would mean pedestrians are higher than the road? Should a driver collide with a pedestrian, the vehicle could be at an angle. This means that the bumper
    height in relation to pedestrian legs will be less than ideal. Bumper height is designed to minimise lower leg injury which is presumably why dropped kerbs are advised (or mandatory?).

    1. Raising the table gives better visibilty for drivers and reduces vehicle speed, narrowing the road would reduce vehicle speed further. I understand that a raised table is easier for visibility impaired people, wheelchair and pushchair users as they are staying at the same level. The raised table should be at such a width that should a collision occur the vehicle will not be at an angle.

  2. Ant
    As far as I can see if the link Road had been designed to link up with the A34 southbound instead of ending at a roundabout on the Sandbach Road, then none of the mitigation measures would be necessary. But Cheshire East planners obviously do not appreciate the volume of traffic using the A54, A534 and A34 not to mention the current A536 Macclesfield Road, so these half baked suggestions are put forward for Padgbury lane as a result of bad planning. I understand the wish to put mini roundabouts at Arndale Avenue, and Ullswater Road junctions with Padgbury Lane, but all this will do is create “bunching” of traffic and increased frustration to motorists and cyclists alike. Cheshire East’s plans do not address the real problem which is the junction of the A34 with Padgbury Lane which is the major source of all the congestion. No provision has been made here for a roundabout or traffic lights, but amazingly CE want to close a perfectly good slip road here to all but heavy lift vehicles. What is there intention here, is it to prevent traffic turning from the A34 to Padbury Lane completely? If traffic is expected to turn left here in future without the aid of this slip road then accidents are sure to occur unless other traffic control measures are implemented.

    1. I spoke to the planners about closing the slip road. Their intention is to discourage drivers from turning left down Padgbury Lane. I can’t see that working, what will happen is traffic will slow on the A34 then accelarate along Padgbury Lane after turning. So they would achieve reducing traffic speed on the main road and increasing pollution on the side road near a residential estate. Brilliant!

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