Transport disruption

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Please plan your journey into Chester this year, major building projects across the city will affect our roads. Where possible choose public transport.

A new one way system will be introduced to Chester’s ring road


Check live travel and traffic information

Full details

Essential infrastructure work starts in March 2020 including Council improvement schemes as well as private developments.

The Council is investing in Chester city centre, creating amazing places and high quality facilities for people to enjoy such as Chester Northgate.

Impact to the highways and some inconvenience to journeys into and out of the city centre is unavoidable.  The Council is working to keep disruption to a minimum and keep you informed when and where impact will be the greatest.

  • Drainage works – St Martin’s Way, Nicholas Street and Castle Drive

Start date: March 2020
Completion: Spring 2021

Installation of a new drain will service the Northgate development and provide benefits for the city, reducing the risk of flooding and drain bursts.

The drain will be routed down St Martin’s Way, Nicholas Street and Castle Drive. While the work takes place, there will be lane closures. This is likely to cause congestion in the city centre, especially at peak times.

  • Chester Northgate

Start date: March 2020
Phase 1 completion: 2022

New indoor market, public square, Picturehouse cinema, an arcade within the former library building and new multi-storey car park.

  • A51 Tarvin to Cheshire improvement scheme

Start date: Summer 2020
Completion: Spring 2021

This project will deliver a series of major junction and roundabout improvement for better traffic flow and travel times. Further details.

  • Wrexham Road

King’s Moat Garden Village is a new housing development for 1,300 new homes to be built by Taylor Wimpey and Redrow on Wrexham Road. The development is two miles from Chester City Centre.

  • Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse £100 million redevelopment including the demolition of the Leverhulme Grandstand and removal of all car parking and ancillary buildings between the railway viaduct, Holiday Inn Express and the County Stand.

A new pedestrian zone for racegoers and the public will be created between the County Stand, viaduct and Holiday Inn Express.

A new Conference and Events Centre linked to a new Hospitality Grandstand is to be located between the Holiday Inn Express and the racecourse, with a service courtyard between the two buildings.

Public Transport

During this period of disruption, it is advisable to plan your journey and allow more time. Consider alternative routes, using public transport or the Park and Ride services or avoid peak times where possible.

Park and Ride 

Park and Ride is a convenient way of getting about the city as well as being environmentally friendly.

Tickets are now available on the Stagecoach Bus APP to make your journey even easier.

There are four park and ride car parks all located around the City Centre:

  • Boughton Heath (off the A41 Whitchurch Road – nearest postcode CH3 5QD)
  • Sealand Road (on the A548 opposite the car dealerships – nearest postcode CH1 4LD)
  • Upton (Zoo – nearest postcode CH2 4BB)
  • Wrexham Road (off the A483 opposite Chester Business Park – nearest postcode CH4 9QD)

Bus routes

As well as the Park and Ride services, Chester is well served by regular bus services. These provide a sustainable alternative to car travel and you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Information on local timetables and network maps

You can also plan your journey by public transport on the Traveline site.

The two bus main operators are Stagecoach and Arriva


There are frequent local and national trains into Chester Railway station


If health and fitness is one of your resolutions for 2020 then why not consider cycling to work or for pleasure. It’s cheap and easy and you’ll avoid the traffic jams as well as improve your fitness. You’ll also be doing your bit for the environment.

Plan ahead for the best cycle routes and maps