A555 Airport Relief Road updates

As you may know, Carillion was one of the joint contractors on this major project. An update on the progress of the scheme, including a statement about Carillion, can be found on the SEMMS website. Also on this site are summaries of other improvements being made at junctions and on local roads as a result of expected changes in traffic caused by the new road. There are also aerial photos of the scheme at different points on the route, taken in December. Although the official completion date was most recently listed as Spring 2018, the Carillion debacle and other factors, such as the weather, look likely to introduce further delays.

Cycle path: Cheshire East responds

Genni Butler at Cheshire East Council has kindly forwarded my complaint to their highways department. Time will tell if they do anything to improve the situation. Meanwhile, if you have any complaints about road surfaces that you think need reporting then you can use their reporting tool at

Or, you can use CUK’s Fill that Hole app on your phone. If you haven’t tried it then it’s worth a go. It uses your phone’s GPS to record the location, and you can take pictures of the problem as well as describing it. A report is sent to a central database and forwarded automatically to the relevant local authority. I have used it in the past and the pothole in question was mended within about 10 days.

Even more punctures

A further three punctures have now been reported — slow ones, resulting from thorns — bringing the total to 10. Is this a record for a single club run?

An extra puncture!

Albert also had a puncture from a thorn, discovered after he arrived home! Seven at one spot on a cycle path — surely a record?

Chester Road Cycle Path

Today, our vets’ ride headed back towards home along the Chester Road (old A556) cycle path that was opened last year. This newish path was covered in debris, resulting in six punctures! I’ve sent an email to East Cheshire Council highlighting the issue of keeping cycle paths clear of debris, including glass.


Six punctures!

Greater Manchester Walking and Cycling

The report by Chris Boardman into plans for cycling and walking in Greater Manchester is now available. It is impressive in its scale of ambition. Click here to download a copy.

Tom Mottershead

Tom Mottershead, who collapsed dramatically during our Christmas lunch at Hayfield, is safe and well at home. He was kept in Stepping Hill for observation, where it was established that he had a chest infection, now being treated with antibiotics. Thanks should go to Ruth Austen, who managed the situation very professionally drawing on her nursing skills until the paramedic and an ambulance arrived, and to Sara Fagg for taking initial charge and calling the emergency services.

On a happier note, the Christmas celebration was enjoyed by all!

B Ride cancelled

The B ride on Sunday 19th December has been cancelled because of the likelihood of ice.

Christmas Quiz

Our annual Christmas Quiz will be held at the Club Room on Thursday 14th December at 8.30 pm. Bring mince pies or other refreshments. Tea available as usual. Quiz master is David Street.

Christmas Lunch Ride Cancelled

The weather forecast predicts heavy snow during the morning and lunchtime period on Sunday 10th December. For safety reasons the ride to Hayfield has therefore been cancelled.