In 2013 when the new Northgate Development was approved a new transport strategy was also put forward to Chester councillors. This would include a new bus exchange and potentially more pedestrianised areas.
Now work has finally begun on Chester’s new bus exchange. On the 9th October 2015 politicians were present to see the first spades hit the ground. The project is estimated to take 14 months to complete.
The new bus exchange will go hand in hand with the progression of the Northgate Development and will aid transport ease within the city centre. The Northgate Development promises to bring 40,000 square metres of modern retail accommodation and create more than 1,180 new jobs to Chester City.
The small ceremony on the 9th October included representatives from Cheshire West, Chester Council, contractor GRAHAM Construction and the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
The ceremony took place at Gorse Stacks where the work is commencing. Even official town crier David Mitchell was on hand to make the occasion extra special with a formal declaration of the start of the construction.
It is hoped the new bus exchange will create a much better travel experience for bus travellers in Chester.
The new bus exchange is also a big benefit as it frees up the current Princess Street site for the future development stages of the Northgate Scheme.
The Bus Interchange is estimated for completion by December 2016 and will hopefully open to the public in early 2017.
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In August Cavendish Residential reported on the fantastic news that our very own Chester City had been named the fifth happiest place in the UK according to the Rightmove Survey earlier this year.
Now the UK Hot Housing Index has officially named us the top place to live in the UK. That means Chester goes unbeaten across all the towns, cities and villages all over the UK as the best place to live.
Our little city has outranked London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and hundreds of other beautiful cities around the UK in Property Week’s UK Top 50 survey. Residents of Chester are thrilled with the results.
The survey results were drawn by location specialists CACI and a huge variety of criteria went into decided which were the very best cities to live.
The Hot Housing Index compiles several location surveys. They rank the top 50 towns and cities around the country and the 20 best locations within London. The survey is based on the best residential locations and some of the data that goes towards the ranking process is how affordable the locations are and if they are good value for money.
Employment opportunities, internet connectivity, local schools and amenities are also important factors that helped Chester take the number one spot. In the end our city secured an overall score of 75.70%, which is phenomenal.
Chester benefits from being situated in a relatively affluent section of the country while remaining close to both rural areas and yet within easy travelling distance of major cities like Manchester and Liverpool. This proximity to larger cities means it worked well as a commuter destination for professionals and still provides the scenes and beauty of the Cheshire countryside.
As residents will already be well aware Chester city is also a highly sought place to love thanks to its high quality retail and leisure. Chester city managed to score highly in area for local amenities and employment helping it to claim that top position in the rankings.
One contributing factor towards many Northern cities performing so well in the results was property prices. The survey threw up the sharp disparity between property prices in the north and south of the country with the difference being far greater than the difference in salary. This means that the Midlands, the North, Scotland and Wales are far more affordable and attainable places to live.
Chester are also proud to be among the top 10 best value cities for a getaway in a recent price comparison study.
If you are looking for property for sale in Chester please contact Cavendish Residential Estate Agents Chester on 01244 404040