MOTORISTS are being warned about two months of traffic disruption as work on 'welcome' highways improvements takes place.

Cheshire East Council's highways team will be carrying out a programme of works in Handforth along Wilmslow Road and Spath Lane.

Lane and road closures, as well as temporary traffic signals, will be in place throughout the works, which are set to begin on Monday, September 25, and run until Friday, December 1.  

The improvements include the installation of a new shared footpath in Wilmslow Road, from the southern junction with Spath Lane to Clay Lane, and new parking bays in Spath Lane, between the Henbury Road and Ollerton Road junctions.

Cheshire East and Handforth town councillor John Smith said: "The installation of off-road parking spaces on the bend of Spath Lane in Handforth was first mooted in 2016.

"This installation was to improve road safety on the Spath Lane estate funded by S106 monies. We are pleased now that this is going ahead in October.

"An additional cycle lane will be installed from St Mary’s Church to Clay Lane with plans to link up to the northbound cycle lane.

"This has been funded by Stockport Council in mitigation for the building of the A555 and work is planned to commence September 25.

"A cycle lane from Handforth to Wilmslow, funded by the government’s Active Travel Scheme will be installed commencing Spring 2024.

"All these improvements will unfortunately cause some disruption, but will be welcome improvements to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our residents."

Works are scheduled as follows: Wilmslow Road improvements are planned to take place between September 25 and December 1, while the Spath Lane improvements are set to take place between October 23 and November 8.