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Chester City Centre from 14 October

City centre site investigation work from Monday 14 October

Full details

The Council is undertaking site investigation work in the city centre involving the digging of trial pits. This is to confirm the location of services such gas, electric, water and telecoms as well as ground conditions for necessary infrastructure works.

Infrastructure works need to take place before the regeneration and development of the Northgate area, including a new drain to meet the needs of the city for the future and to provide more efficient water and waste management.

Where and when

Work will take place from Monday 14 October to Sunday 24 November, between 6.30am and 7.30pm and will include weekends. There will be no night working.

The work will be carried out in phases and will affect Castle Drive, Nun’s Road, Nicholas Street and St Martin’s Way. The Council apologises for the disruption to journeys during this time.

Traffic and pedestrian management

Our highways teams are working very closely with the contractors to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. However, due to the location of these works, traffic congestion is inevitable especially at peak periods.

Signage will be on site two weeks before the works begin to alert road users to works taking place and traffic management will be in place during the works.

The work will be done in phases. At the beginning of each new phase the contractor will set up the equipment after 9.30am to avoid the peak rush hour.

The work will impact some pathways. Where this is the case, accessible diversion routes will be provided and signage will direct pedestrians.

Plan your journey

If travelling into the city centre in this period, it is advised to plan ahead and allow extra time. Please consider alternative routes or travel options such as the Park and Ride service or avoid peak times where possible.

Park and Ride

The programme of works

  • Monday 14 to Wednesday 23 October
    Work will begin on Castle Drive with a full road closure. Access to the Roodee Car Park for cars will be via Bridge Street. Coaches will be advised to use the Park and Ride sites.
  • Wednesday 23 to Monday 28 October
    Work will move to Nun's Road and Grosvenor Street (in front of the HQ building) involving a lane closure. Traffic management will be in place to direct vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November
    Works will be suspended for the fireworks display at Chester Racecourse.
  • Monday 4 to Sunday 24 November
    Investigation works move to Nicholas Street and St Martins Way. Work will be in different locations, closing one work area before moving to the next. This will take out one lane of traffic in one direction at any time. Lane closures will move to opposite sides of the carriageway to accommodate the required investigation pits. Traffic management will be in place at all times.

During the works near Watergate Street there will be no right turn into Watergate Street, off St Martin’s Way.

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