Over the past couple of years, I’m sure the new A556 dual carriageway work has affected or frustrated daily commute and travel plans for just about every driver in Cheshire! With the project first beginning in mid-November 2014, the existing A556 will become a single carriageway road with facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders alike.

With the project costing an estimated £191 million, the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon scheme reached a major milestone as drivers benefitted from the new, improved and safer journey route as the new free-flow arrangements with the M56 opened for the very first time in December 2016.

With the project expected to finished and open to the public in March 2017, read how post and rail fencing contractors Stockdale Fencing have been involved in the project for over two years in a variety of roles.


Livestock Fencing

Appointed as post and rail fencing contractors, Cheshire fencing contractors Stockdale originally first started work on the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon scheme in January 2015 and have seen great progression in the two years involved in the project. In that time, we have supplied and erected over 20,000 meters of highway specification fencing, the equivalent of just under 12.5 miles! Along with post and rail fencing, we were originally appointed to construct temporary livestock fencing to start with to mark out and secure the route safely to stop the public and animals from entering the site. From here, we included the addition of badger netting and livestock netting with barbed wire offering additional height in security and to stop larger animals from farms damaging any of the fencing.


Post and Rail Fencing

Not with just travellers in mind, we also fitted over 100 gates to provide easy highway access and to create new access for farmers and landowners. All gate furniture is galvanised and are fitted with adjustable field gate sets. With the new dual carriageway starting to take shape, our latest role involved in the project included installing strong, robust highway agency standard post and rail fencing which comes with a 25 year guarantee timber as permanent fencing. Available in a variety of heights, we use the finest diamond timber for Ireland for long lasting fencing.


Highway Fencing Contractors

As the project looks set to draw to a close, we are delighted to have been involved and working on the project for over the past two years and look forward to seeing the finished results. As CPCS and Lantra qualified operators, Stockdale Fencing operate to the highest of standards to comply with highway specifications so can work in a variety of roles on all major highway scheme projects. For all post and rail, livestock or highway fencing contractor enquiries, why not get in touch with the Cheshire post and rail fencing contractor experts.

Give Stockdale Fencing a call on 07883 338617 or send an email to for a no-obligation quote on a number of our fencing services.


After several weeks of exposure to the wind, rain, hail and various other winter elements, just about every type of fencing is put to the test over the colder months. From the wooden timber in post and rail being highly exposed to rotting, to larger furniture objects smashing through fence panels, choosing cheap fencing options may prove to be the smart choice in the short-term but can quickly become an expensive mistake, especially if horse netting or fencing is easily exposed and animals manage to escape from a livestock yard or equestrian.

Year after year, fencing contractors in Cheshire are repeatedly in high demand as they are often required to repair or even install fencing so those who were not prepared for strong winds. As fencing contractors with over 10 years experience within the industry, we have decided to put together a quick guide on how you can prepare and protect your fencing from being exposed to strong winds and winter storms so you don’t make the costly mistake of choosing cheap fencing.

Protecting Post and Rail Fencing

Although Post and Rail fencing are visually stunning and a highly popular choice amongst farmyards, livestock and equestrian centres, this type of fencing can quickly turn into a rapidly expensive option when customers decided to cut corners. Perhaps you might be in a rush to on a tight budget, but careful consideration must be considered as cheap materials can quickly become vulnerable after just a couple of years. When choosing Stockdale Fencing, we truly believe quality in material can never be compromised so will always implement the finest diamond timber from Ireland.  

With traditional, synthetic and split post and rail fencing to choose from, most fencing contractors will also offer 2, 3 and even 4 rail options. Using cheap rails can expose, weaken and even allow animals to easily escape so it is extremely important to choose high quality rails such as fully galvanised 100mm ring shank nails.

Post and Rail Fencing Tips

If you decide to go without a fencing contractor, the biggest piece of advice I can offer it to make sure all post and rail boundary fences are secure and posts are firmly set in the ground. To make sure the wood is exposed to root or made any weaker; make sure you prolong their life by regularly treating them with wood stain and preservative. If strong winds are coming, make sure you remove any large or loose objects that are close by any post and rail fencing.

Post and Rail Experts

If you are looking to repair, replace or erect post and rail fencing on your farm, livestock or equestrian, why not get in touch with the post and rail fencing contractor experts? Give our post and rail fencing experts a call on 07883 339 617 for all your agricultural, equestrian and domestic fencing enquires now.

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