Forthcoming traffic diversions in Chester

Please see the message below from CWaC.

A new rain and surface water drainage tunnel is being installed in Chester city centre. The work will regrettably result in some disruption to traffic, but will enable the transformation of the city centre for the benefit of residents and visitors for decades to come.

This is a major infrastructure project that will take approximately one year to complete and will have a substantial impact on traffic using the inner ring road. During the main construction period, from 16 November 2020 for approximately 12 months, St. Martin’s Way and Nicholas Street will be closed to southbound traffic from the Fountains Roundabout.

The most efficient and practical solution will be to make the inner ring road primarily two-lane clockwise one-way route for all traffic. There will be a one-way only route northbound up Nicholas Street and St. Martin’s Way, and west from The Bars past the Amphitheatre, along Vicar’s Lane, Little St. John Street and Pepper Street. However, St. Oswald’s Way will remain in two-way operation as normal.

We recommend that through traffic uses the A55 to bypass the city centre to/from North Wales and Wrexham, or via M56 and Queensferry to/from the Wirral and Neston direction.

More details and FAQs available at

Please also see our leaflet attached.

Thank you Linda Parr

Major Developments Project Officer Cheshire

West and Chester Council