VITAL rail repairs on a level crossing could lead to sleepless nights for families living on a new Nantwich development.
The A51 London Road rail crossing looks set to be closed over three weekends for teams of rail workers to carry out track repairs through the night.
Doddington county councillor David Brickhill claims the scheme has been badly planned and families living in new houses alongside the track will suffer.
He said: 'I am particularly concerned for those who will be subjected to noise at unearthly hours.
Proposed closures will be on June 18, from 4pm on Saturday through to 6am Monday, and there will be repeat closures on the following two weekends from 10pm Saturday to 9am Sunday.
During the summer months Nantwich is a tourist magnet, attracting hundreds of visitors who browse round the speciality shops and coach-loads of customers to Stapeley Water Gardens.
Shopkeepers fear the delays could put people off coming to Nantwich but county engineering chiefs and rail bosses say the project is essential to safety.
Cheshire County Council engineering service spokeswoman Julie Gilbert said: 'The closure is necessary to enable Amey Railways to carry out essential reconstruction and maintenance works to the railway level crossing.'
Contact the Amey Railways helpline 07000 724 5929 for further details.