The safety of motorists using this junction has concerned the Parish Council for some time. When the new development at Saxon Heath was proposed money to improve the junction to cater for extra traffic was a part of the planning permission.
However the supposed improvement, holding back traffic turning east into the village, has made things worse. Traffic waiting there to cross can block the view of the road for traffic turning right onto the bypass. If the waiting traffic is the 84 bus or a large lorry, the turning car must edge out into the carriageway to get a clear view. Given the speed and density of the traffic on the A51, this can be a nerve-wracking experience.
After much prompting, CW&C agreed to carry out a safety audit on the junction and this was carried out by traffic engineers at the beginning of September. The reply received by the Parish Council contained the conclusion:-
"The Road safety Team has no comments to make regarding the improvements to the junction of Tarporley Road with the A51"
The Parish Council is not satisfied with this answer, neither in its brevity nor in its conclusion. Not only do they remain convinced that improvements must be made, they would like to know the basis on which the Council officers made their judgement. The Parish Council will continue to push for answers, and hopes to get improvements done before an accident happens.