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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