Surface Dressing

Surface dressing is a well established process used to sort out two problems. By spraying the road surface with bitumen, then pressing new stone chippings into the bitumen binder, the road surface is sealed against the ingress of water, and the surface texture is improved by the rougher surface and new stone.

  • It makes road surfaces waterproof
    Water is damaging to roads, particularly when it finds its way into the soil under the carriageway or footway. Water softens the soil allowing the road to flex. The surfacing materials can only flex so far before cracking which allows more water to get in making the problem worse. You will see crazing on the surface and potholes where this has happened.
  • The skidding resistance of a road surface
    this depends on the type of stone used in the upper layer of the road, and the roughness of the road – particularly when the surface is wet.

The work is carried out at considerable speed minimising the inconvenience on any given section of road when compared with other processes. The comparatively low cost of this process means that we can treat a much larger proportion of the road network each year.

The process is weather dependant:

The new chippings will not embed into the road properly if the road is too cold, and the binder will not hold the chippings down if it is too hot.The process will not work if the road is wet, or if there is heavy rain shortly after the work is carried out.

We must be constantly aware of the weather forecast and stop work if there is likely to be heavy rain in the next 24 hours.

Our programme of surface dressing is delivered between May and August. Schemes that are advertised locally may not be carried out due to adverse weather conditions - these will be rescheduled for completion at a later date.


Road surface dressing schemes 2014
Area Road Road No Parish/Town Location from Location to
Nantwich Minshull Lane   Bunbury 100m East of Rosalie Farm Junction With Winsford Road
Nantwich Springe Lane   Nantwich Bank House Farm Canal Bridge
Nantwich Main Road    Worleston Mile House Lane Barons Road
Nantwich Nantwich By-Pass   Nantwich A530 Middlewich Road R/B A534 Nantwich Road R/B
Nantwich Cobbs Lane   Hough Junction Pitt Lane Wrinehill Road
Nantwich Long Lane C813 Bickerton Wrexham Road Bickerton Hall Road
Nantwich Bulkeley Hall Lane   Bickerton Wrexham Road Dead end
Nantwich Wirswall Road   Wirswall Marbury Road Ellymas House
Nantwich Bridgemere Lane   Hunterston Birchall moss lane Hunterston Road
Nantwich Hunterston Road   Hunterston Bridgemere Lane B5071
Nantwich WrineHill Road   Wybunbury Bridge Street Cobb Lane
Nantwich Den Lane   Blakenhall Wrine Hill Road/Half Moon Farm Railway Bridge
Nantwich Swanley Lane C511 Burland Baddiley Road Monks Lane A534
Nantwich Holtridge   Norbury Common Lane  
Nantwich Frith Lane C532 Wrenbury Heath cum Frith Cholmondeley Road Gauntons Bank
Nantwich Windmill Hill   Buerton Longhill Lane Woore Road
Crewe Crewe Road  B5074 Shavington Milehouse Lane Barons Road
Crewe Minshull New Road   Crewe West Street Locality Boundary
Crewe Alsager Road   Haslington Crewe Road Sandy Lane
Crewe Butterton Lane    Haslington 60 mph Speed Limit Barthomley Road
Crewe Crewe Road CW1 5NX C633 Crewe B5077 Alsager Junction  Joint before bend by Winterley Pool fishery
Congleton Love Lane   Betchton Junct A52 Junct A534
Congleton Linley Lane A5011 Church Lawton Surface dressing joint on bridge surface joint outside Linley Cottage
Congleton Chells Lane B5078 Church Lawton A533 Sandbach Road North
Congleton Newcastle Road  A533 Betchton New Inn Lane Colley Lane
Congleton Warmingham Lane   Moston Green Plant Road Mill Lane
Congleton Booth Lane A533 Sandbach London Road/Mill Lane Booth Lane
Congleton Buxton Road A54 Congleton Congleton New surfacing joint
Congleton Smithy Road   Hulme Walfield Giantswood Lane A34
Congleton Forty Acre Lane C313 Congleton Congleton Road A535
Congleton Back Lane   Congleton Mow Lane Oak Lane
Congleton Cross Lane   Congleton Leek Road Just before junction of Park Road
Congleton Holmes Chapel Road A54 Somerford Brereton Heath Lane New surfacing joint by Ashwood Plant Hire
Congleton Holmes Chapel Road A54 Congleton Black Firs Lane Newcastle Road roundabout
Congleton School Lane   Brereton Newcastle Road South Hazelshaw Lane outside bungalow Hazelbury
Congleton Chester Road A54 Holmes Chapel The Milling Field Middlewich Road
Congleton Swettenham Lane   Swettenham Sandy Lane Congleton Road
Congleton Tunstall Road   Congleton Weathercock Lane Pedley Lane
Congleton Under Rainow Road   Timbersbrook Weathercock Lane Reades Lane
Congleton Weathercock Lane   Timbersbrook Tunstall Road Middle Lane
Macclesfield Trap Street   Withington Trap Road Long Lane
Macclesfield Chapel Street   Withington Blackden Lane and Colshaw Lane Salters Lane
Macclesfield Hodgehill Lane   Withington Salters Lane Davenport Lane
Macclesfield Congleton Road A34 Siddington Davenport Lane Readesmere Lane
Macclesfield Pexhill Road B5392 Henbury A34  Bearhurst Lane
Macclesfield Woodhouse End Road   Gawsworth London Road Church Lane
Macclesfield Church Lane   Gawsworth A536 A536
Macclesfield Gawsworth Road   Gawsworth Dark Lane Penningtons Lane
Macclesfield Bearhurst Lane   Macclesfield Pexhill Road School Lane
Macclesfield Macclesfield Road A535 Withington A50 Bomish Lane
Macclesfield Rainow Road B5470 Rainow Hawkins Lane Hulley Road
Macclesfield Bakestonedale Road   Macclesfield Macclesfield Road 30 mph Shrigley Road Junction
Macclesfield Forest Side   Macc Forest Clough Road Field Road
Macclesfield Old Buxton Road   Macc Forest A537 Turnshawflat Anker Lane
Macclesfield Ingersley Road   Bollington Shrigley Road  Smithy Brow
Macclesfield Macclesfield Road B5087 Over Alderley Dunges Farm Birtles Lane
Macclesfield Alderley Road   Gawsworth Dark Lane Penningtons Lane
Knutsford Holmes Chapel Road A535 Chelford Surfacing Joint Joint by Roundabout
Knutsford Chelford Road A537 Nether Alderley Joint through bends by Shentons  Joint before trafic lights
Knutsford Holmes Chapel Road A50 Peover Superior Surfacing joint by Stocks Lane. Bridge over Brook by Free Green Lane
Knutsford Toft Road A50 Toft/Knutsford Beggermans Lane Surfacing joint by Stocks Lane
Knutsford Warford Lane   Mobberley Ancoats Lane B5085
Knutsford Newton Hall Lane C106 Mobberley BurleyHurst Lane B5085
Knutsford Small Lane /Pepper Street C105 Mobberley Breach House Lane Station Road
Knutsford Mereside Road A5034 Mere Manchester Road The Circle
Knutsford Peacock Lane   High Legh West Lane Chapel Lane
Knutsford Old Hall Lane   Budworth Budworth Road  
Knutsford Pickmere Lane B5084 Pickmere Flittogate Lane 30 MPH speed limit
Knutsford Trouthall Lane   Plumley Plumley Hall Lane Back Lane
Knutsford Chester Road A556 Plumley The Smoker Pub Cheshire West Boundry
Knutsford West Lane B5159 High Legh County Boundary A50
Poynton Bonis Hall Lane B5358 Prestbury London Road Mill Lane
Poynton Shrigley Road   Pott Shrigley Coppice Road Coppice Road
Poynton Sugar Lane   Adlington Adlington Road Brookledge Lane
Poynton Moggie Lane   Adlington Skellorn Green Lane Dickens Lane
Poynton Towers Road    Poynton Park Lane London Road North
Poynton Coppice Road   Poynton Shrigley Road (outside Norma Cottage) Hockley Road
Poynton Woodford Road   Poynton Meadway County Boundary
Poynton Brookledge Lane   Adlington London Road Roundy Lane
Poynton Mill Lane   Adlington Bonishall Lane London Road
Poynton Prestbury Road SK92NB A538 Mottram Saint Andrew Wilmslow Road Hough Lane Roundabout
Poynton Priest Lane   Mottram Saint Andrew Wilmslow Road Old Wilmslow Road
Poynton Oak Road SK104QL   Mottram Saint Andrew Chelford Road Priests Lane
Wilmslow Chorley Hall Lane   Alderley Edge London Road Ryleys Lane
Wilmslow Prestbury Road SK92NB A538 Wilmslow Heybridge Lane The Village
Wilmslow Heyes Lane  SK9 7LH C463 Alderley Edge Hough Lane 60 mph speed Limit
Wilmslow Merrymans Lane   Alderley Edge B5359 Ancoats Lane