Chester’s proposed Transport Strategy can be viewed in Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Forum offices from today (Wednesday September 18) until Monday September 30.

The Council, in partnership with Chester Renaissance, is seeking views on the future of transport in and around the city.

Important issues that the Council has considered and responded to include:

  • Access to developments such as the new Theatre, Northgate Development, the planned new Central Business Quarter next to the railway station and new housing requirements;
  • Making the city centre more attractive including opportunities to provide new pedestrianised areas in Northgate Street, St Werburgh Street and improving links between the city centre and the amphitheatre;
  • A new bus interchange in the city centre and improvements to make bus use more attractive;
  • Improving parking including options to enhance the opportunities for blue badge users and improving the Council’s park and ride services;
  • Providing better links between the city centre, the amphitheatre and the Groves;
  • Dealing with localised congestion and traffic delays including the needs of longer distance commuters; and
  • Improving opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor Herbert Manley, Executive Member for Growth and Innovation said: “It really is very important that local people view the proposed plans and give us their comments.

“The strategy affects the future of transport in and around Chester and we believe that the proposals go some way in providing a more ‘joined up’ approach to dealing with transport, both now and in coming years.

“Please study the proposals and let us know your thoughts by October 18.”

Full details and an online questionnaire are also available on the Chester Transport Strategy pages.

Details about the proposed strategy can also be found at Chester Library.

The deadline for comments is Friday October 18 and once the Council has considered the results of the consultations, it plans to finalise and publish the new Transport Strategy in early 2014.

How the amphitheatre area could be improved for pedestrians whilst still allowing traffic in both directions: