Chester fills 100-year-old City Walls gap

A project to rebuild a section of the Roman City Walls in Chester removed 100 years ago starts on site this week.

Part of the Chester Renaissance public realm programme will rejoin the section of the City Walls in Castle Drive opposite County Hall which was severed during the construction of the road around 1901.

The works being carried out in association with English Heritage will repave with appropriate natural materials the original line and width of the walls at two locations on Castle Drive.

The scheme involves partial closure of the road from Monday and the use of natural paving materials and the need for an English Heritage archaeological watching brief, means the works could take up to three weeks to complete.

The road will be closed at the crossing points, but access to properties and County Hall along Castle Drive will be available at all times.

The works are part of a programme of improvements which began last month to:

  • Extend the promenade along Castle Drive to the Bridge Gate junction
  • Create an access ramp to and from the Little Roodee car park to Castle Drive
  • Complete the riverside walk adjacent to the Racecourse

Chester City Council has secured £931,000 from the North West Development Agency towards the works. All the works are due to be complete by the end of spring in time for summer.

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