Further nine Altrincham and Bowdon roads to be repaired as Trafford Council blames potholes on “unprecedented” winter weather

By David Prior at

A further nine Altrincham roads are to be repaired as part of Trafford Council’s highways improvement programme.

The council said that “unprecedented winter weather and freezing rain” was behind the road surface deterioration across the borough, as it had led to a problem called frost heave.

It said its spend on road improvements would now be an increase on the 2017/18 amount, to £7.7m in total, and included £250,000 from Transport for Greater Manchester specifically for the treatment of potholes.

The first works under the latest programme will start with South Downs Road next Monday, July 16th.

A total of 25 road across Trafford are included – here are the nine included in Altrincham and Bowdon:


  • Colwick Avenue
  • Navigation Road
  • Post Office Street


  • Barns Lane
  • Brookheys Road
  • Dunham Road junction with Charcoal Road
  • Langham Road
  • South Downs Road
  • Woodhouse Lane

Trafford said the works will use a number of preventative methods including full resurfacing, thermal road repair and a two-phase micro-asphalt overlay.

The work will be completed by November.

Improvements taking place on Charcoal Road in Bowdon

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Executive Councillor for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, said: “We’ve listened to residents and motorists about their concerns and this year we’re investing even more than in 2017/18; investing £7.7M on larger improvement schemes up to the end of March 2019. The first scheme will commence week of 16 July on South Downs Road where we will be resurfacing the full width of the road.

“Some of the treatment methods that will be used in this year’s capital will reuse and recycle the materials that have been planed off the older surface by mixing it with new materials. This allows us to reduce wastage as well as maintain a good quality surface finish.”

Earlier this year, Trafford repaired a total of 37 roads or locations in the Altrincham area. We’ve contacted Trafford for information about what work has been completed since March.