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Traffic chiefs act to unblock congestion

ACTION has been taken by highways chiefs to deal with parking and traffic congestion on Malpas high street.

ACTION has been taken by highways chiefs to deal with parking and traffic congestion on Malpas high street.

The narrow road is regularly blocked by parked cars and buses and lorries trying to negotiate the route.

Fears have been raised that emergency vehicles, particularly fire engines, could have problems getting through to farms and villages such as Oldcastle, Chorlton, Cuddington and Threapwood.

The busy junction between the High Street and Chester Road is close to Malpas Fire Station and the entrance to a car park. And Chester Road serves Malpas Alport Primary School with more than 200 pupils and Bishop Heber High School.

Traffic engineer John Gamlen told Chester's local joint committee for highways and transport: 'Discussions have taken place with the police and Malpas Parish Council over the possibility of intro -ducing waiting restrictions in the centre of Malpas.

'The level of on-street parking has reached the stage where road users, particularly those in large vehicles, regularly experience difficulties.'

City and county councillors have agreed to put forward proposals which would ban parking on the access to the car park and at Well Street.

And an 8am-6pm restriction would be imposed on two lengths of the High Street.

At the junction with Chester Road, this has been extended by 12 metres to ensure the junction remains clear.

Cllr Mike Jones (Con, Tattenhall) said: 'There are significant problems for vehicles.

'Half hour parking would be allowed near shops at the junction of the high street and Church Street.'

Cllr Eveleigh Moore Dutton (Con, Malpas) said later: 'The extra 12m was requested by the chairman of the task group responsible for consulting with local businesses, residents and the police.

'It is felt the extra length would ensure that large wagons could get round the bend into the High Street from Chester Road.'

Mr Gamlen added: 'The police and ourselves fully support these additional restrictions, as it will improve matters for users of the road junction.'

The parish council has accepted the measures but local people, who opposed the loss of parking near the junction at an earlier stage, will have a chance to comment on the proposed restrictions when they are advertised.


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