Members to vote on enlarged Chester pedestrian zone

Chester's core pedestrianised area could be extended to include the new theatre, library and cinema complex and proposed Northgate development, if members endorse a new city-wide transport strategy.

The proposal would see Northgate Street, St Werburgh Street and Hunter Street closed to traffic between 10.30am and 4.30pm while public realm improvements would make the area more pedestrian-friendly and enhance its appearance.

It is one of a series of recommendations under the proposed Chester Transport Strategy which the Council's Executive will be asked to adopt when it meets next Wednesday 19 February.

Other proposals include:

  • New bus interchange at Gorse Stacks
  • Shared car and pedestrian space on Little St John Street to improve pedestrian links between the city centre and the Amphitheatre
  • Review of Park & Ride to agree improvements including cross-town routing and the introduction of intermediate stops
  • Investigating feasibility of providing a dedicated pedestrian and cycle bridge parallel to Hoole Road railway bridge
  • Examining case for proposed Chester Western Relief Road including consideration of alternative routes

Cllr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation, said: "I would like to thank everyone who contributed their views and helped to inform our final proposals.

"The transport strategy is a key document for Chester's future. It will help us to develop a robust and reliable transport network that is capable of supporting a dynamic local economy offering real opportunity for all.

"The strategy will also provide a basis to secure funding opportunities to deliver a number of its key recommendations."

The transport plan was produced by the council in partnership with Chester Renaissance.

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Great! A very progressive move, lets hope its not blocked…

By Anonymous

CWAC will have to be a lot bolder than shown in that image if they are looking to design a shared pedestrian and vehicle space near the amphitheatre.

By David

Chester looking at relief road and northwich gets one system it didn’t want. What we wanted was relief roads and bridges around Northwich well 6000 houses already been passed and maybe 3000 more in pipeine Which will take greater northwich population to 100,000 CWAC will learn the hard way! Any idiot will tell you road infrastructure in first then development second.

By North

They should extend it to the railway station, then perhaps they could replace the desperately poor bus link with free rollerskates?

By Tourist

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