Parish Council Discusses "Action for A51" Group Meeting

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The Parish Council discussed the recent public meeting of the Action for A51 Group. The Group, which is formed of parish councillors from parishes along the line of the A51 from the M6 to the A55, is anxious to see significant improvements in the road so as to reduce congestion at peak times and control the speed of heavy vehicles using the road at night.

The meeting heard from Mr Philip Cox, Chief Executive of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is responsible for developing the sub-regional economy. This includes ensuring that the transport infrastructure can support economic growth (see TOL article, 29th June).

Through the A51 Group, the PC will put maximum pressure on the LEP to develop the business case for the A51 as soon as possible.

At the Parish Council Open Forum a resident suggested that traffic flow along the A51 would be improved if the traffic lights at Stamford Bridge were suspended for a trial period. He also outlined how the impact of this could be mitigated for drivers coming from Barrow and wishing to go to Chester.

The PC agreed to submit the suggestion to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) Highways. They will also say to CWaC that drivers on the A51 and A54 approaches to Tarvin roundabout should be told to use both lanes on the Chester side of the roundabout and to merge in turn.

Ed: Following on from the above Parish Council discussion, the PC Chairman, Ted Lush, will be attending CW&C Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 10th July to make representations regarding item10 on the agenda, A51 Tarvin to Chester (A55 junction) Improvement Scheme, including comments on the "pinch points" at Tarvin Roundabout and the Stamford Bridge junction.

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  • Sarah

    The residents who live just off the roundabout also need to be considered. The speed that vehicles come off the roundabout when the traffic is flowing is absolutely ridiculous. There are 4 households down here all with multiple vehicles, whom also cross as pedestrians. I believe they are proposing an additional lane on A51 from the bypass towards Chester, which will mean faster traffic again, can we restrict the speed limit from the bypass?

  • Roger Hones

    I also attended Cabinet and spoke during the public session as a resident of Tarvin who owns a car, a bicycle and a bus pass. I suggested that, because of the Climate Emergency, CWaC should halt the scheme. I spoke in favour of improving public transport and cycleways. I personally disagree with the Parish Council that adding an extra Lane from Tarvin bypass with equal priority onto the roundabout will assist. At peak times with the extra capacity that the road widening will attract queues will get longer on the A54 making it more difficult to escape Tarvin and reducing the air quality nearer to the village. Tarvin PC should also declare a Climate Emergency and withdraw its support for the A51 road widening.

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