Relief for pedestrians and cyclists in Chester is one step closer as Councillors announce plans for a new bridge across of the railway on Hoole Road.
Subject to the outcome of a feasibility study, Conservative led Cheshire West & Chester Council is to introduce a new bridge adjacent to the existing all-purpose one near to the Railway Station solely for the use of pedestrians and cyclists.
An option under consideration as part of the plan is to convert the nearby Chester Enterprise Centre (destroyed by a tragic fire in 2010) into a possible new site for the relocation of the Cheshire Records and Archives Office, and also for the creation of a multi use car park for use by train passengers, shoppers in Brook Street and those who will work in the proposed Business Quarter behind the City Road area of the city.
Councillor Adrian Walmsley who has campaigned for an additional bridge in Hoole for almost a decade said “This is fantastic news – pedestrians and cyclists tell me how dangerous Hoole Bridge can be and the new initiative (just part of the Transport Strategy Policy for Chester) will bring much needed relief. For the very first time, the new proposed bridge is now official Council policy”.
Hoole resident Dr Christian Dunne said ” It’s great news. I walk over the existing bridge every single day and hate being so close to traffic sometimes travelling at excessive speeds”.
Chester’s MP also welcomed the news. Stephen Mosley said “I have made representations on behalf of residents all concerned with the dangers of mixing traffic, cyclists and pedestrians in such a narrow space. I am delighted with the Council’s plans”.
Photo: Stephen Mosley MP with Campaigner Aden Lucas, Councillors Tom Parry and Adrian Walmsley, and Campaigner Lesley George