Hopefully not long now
The laying of this new pipe has caused, and continues to cause, some ‘inconvenience’ to the residents and businesses of Eastham Village. First the closure of the road at the Carlett end which over ran its finish time. This over run put the commencement of the upgrading of the pedestrian crossing back three weeks.
Phil and I were concerned that it would not be finished before school started and met with the workforce and the engineers to discuss progress. They listened to us and tripled the work force (at their own cost) and not only caught up but finished ahead of time. So a big thank you to Bam Nuttall
They are now at the Eastham Rake cross roads end.
Once again this is causing difficulties. Not only is the road closed to the village here but the traffic layout forbid turning right out of Eastham Rake onto the New Chester Road.
Phil and Dave consulted again with traffic management, successfully, to make the lane closures work better for our residents.
Great to see the reinstatement, and upgrade, of the bus stop at the junction of the A41 and Heygarth Road.
It had been removed while the road works were undertaken, giving residents concerns that it would be gone forever.
There is a planning application for a new Lidl store to be built on the corner of Caldbeck Rd and the A41,
APP/16/00936 | Erection of retail unit with car parking and servicing areas, vehicular accesses and associated works following demolition of existing buildings. | STRATTON COURT, THURSBY ROAD, CROFT BUSINESS PARK, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 3PW
Which has currently had 360 comments posted on the planning portal.
I, like many others, welcome a new store for the jobs they bring, the added choice for the consumer, and the competitve prices that can help every shoppers budget in our communities, but there is one concern that needs to be addressed….. Its Location.
In particular the access to the proposed site of the carpark.
The only access into and out of the stores carpark will be via the junction of Thursby Road and Caldbeck Road. Given the short distance from the lights at the Croft interchange and that it is just past the turning on the left for the Asda and shopping park, any vehicle waiting to turn in could cause the traffic to backup through what is already a very congested crossroads.
I happened to visit the Asda today and witnessed a RTA at that junction with a vehicle coming out of Thursby Road turning left to miss the traffic build up at the A41 crossroads colliding with another vehicle heading towards the crossroads wishing to turn right. (luckily there were no injuries)
Even though the road was blocked and vehicles were backed up to the roundabout at Frankie and Benny’s within minuets some still tried to get around them.
This was midweek at just past 3pm which is not one of the busy times for the park and if this happens at a weekend or the coming bankholliday or even on a friday after five, which is a busy time, not to mention Christmas or Easter, shoppers could be stuck there for hours.
As the line of traffic builds it effectively cuts of egress from the area using the alternative route through to Stadium Way at the first bend of Calbeck Rd only adding to the congestion to cause complete gridlock of the whole area.
Surely it would be better located next to, or opposite, McDonalds which would keep the traffic flows in the same direction and utilising the one way system which, after all was introduced for this very reason.
The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling betraying the North, after he said it was not up to central government to advance Crossrail in Northern England.
By Jenny Randerson, Aug 23, 2017 11:08
Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Chris Grayling said: “the success of Northern transport depends on the North itself.”
It comes after the government dropped pledges to electrify rail routes in Wales, the Midlands and the North, while supporting the £30 billion Crossrail 2 scheme for London.
This is a betrayal of the North and all the areas across the country being neglected under this Conservative government.
The government is trying to dodge responsibility after breaking its promises to upgrade regional rail links.
Chris Grayling may be a South East MP but as Transport Secretary he has a responsibility to look beyond the capital.
The rest of the country deserves better. The government needs to act now to stop the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ becoming a byword for failure.
On our travels around our ward of Eastham, my collegues and I are always on the lookout for things that need attention. We constantly bring attention to poor road surfaces, potholes and other road safety issues in an effort to ensure a safe environment for our motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
It was travelling down ferry road that I noticed the sandstone wall was bulging in several places and being pushed apart by some of the larger growing trees.
After contacting the Dept for Parks and Gardens, an inspection was quickly organised to view and assess the crumbling sections of the retaining wall that runs from the entrance at the Torr Park estate down to the Ferry Hotel. Following the inspection it was found that there was a danger of collapse at several sections where the wall was bulging and the mortar had worn away.
Specialists were engaged and the wall has now been fully repaired
I would like to thank the officers for their quick response and action in dealing with what could have been a very different story given the amount of traffic we see along this road in the summer months.
Next step will be the road surface higher up, which is in desperate need of some attention.
I attended the consultation in Bromborough Civic Center today and talked to many residents regarding the proposed changes to bus routes here in Eastham and elsewhere.
There was quite a lot of anger at the proposals which will see some buses remove completely and others having their routes extended to cover more ground, making longer journeys and longer waiting times.
This is what it means for us in Eastham,
145/146/286 Eastham Ferry- Birkenhead Service withdrawn
Eastham Ferry will be served by revised 84 which will operate every 2 hours to Clatterbridge
418/419 Will no longer serve Mill Park
Area now served by extended 38 service to/from Bromborough and Birkenhead
118/119 Services Withdrawn
Mill Park now served by extended 38 service and existing 41a
41/42/42a are unchanged
To operate every 2 hours to Eastham Ferry and every 2 hours to Raby mere
You can take their online survey here