Enhancing Chester City Centre Pedestrianisation

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The Enhancing Chester City Centre Pedestrianisation engagement is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Your feedback will be considered by Cheshire West and Chester Council, to help shape the proposals for the enhanced pedestrianisation of Chester City Centre, and inform a decision about whether to proceed with a formal order to make these changes.

We are preparing a report that summarises your feedback and the results from this engagement will be available in Summer 2022, alongside an update on the outcome of any decisions taken and the next steps.

If we proceed with a formal order to change the pedestrianisation of Chester City Centre, a statutory Highways consultation will be carried out, which will provide further opportunities to respond and share your views on the proposals.


Much has changed over the last two years. The Covid-19 pandemic has made everyone think about what is important to them and how they have had to adapt their lifestyle. Our City Centre has faced the same challenges with retailers finding new ways of delivering their products and services to their customers. One of the changes we have seen in the city is an increase in the number of hospitality venues offering Alfresco drinking and dining through enhanced pedestrianisation. This has added a vibrant and exciting dynamic and has bridged the gap between the day time and night time economies, which we want to encourage and continue.

We would like to hear your views on enhancing several pedestrian access routes in Chester City Centre.

The access routes we are considering are:

  • Bridge Street and Watergate Street
  • Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and St. Werburgh Street
  • Frodsham Street and Foregate Street.

Find out more:

For further information on each of these access routes, please click here and you can view maps of the access routes here.

How to get involved:

Please select from the options below to:

  • Share your views with us using our interactive mapping tool (please note you will need to register and/or login to Participate Now to add comments to the map. This is to help create a safe online environment for people to share their views).
  • Send us your views privately via our online survey.

We would love to hear what you think to help shape our plans for the continuing growth and prosperity of our heritage city.

The engagement exercise is open until 22 May 2022.

The Enhancing Chester City Centre Pedestrianisation engagement is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Your feedback will be considered by Cheshire West and Chester Council, to help shape the proposals for the enhanced pedestrianisation of Chester City Centre, and inform a decision about whether to proceed with a formal order to make these changes.

We are preparing a report that summarises your feedback and the results from this engagement will be available in Summer 2022, alongside an update on the outcome of any decisions taken and the next steps.

If we proceed with a formal order to change the pedestrianisation of Chester City Centre, a statutory Highways consultation will be carried out, which will provide further opportunities to respond and share your views on the proposals.


Much has changed over the last two years. The Covid-19 pandemic has made everyone think about what is important to them and how they have had to adapt their lifestyle. Our City Centre has faced the same challenges with retailers finding new ways of delivering their products and services to their customers. One of the changes we have seen in the city is an increase in the number of hospitality venues offering Alfresco drinking and dining through enhanced pedestrianisation. This has added a vibrant and exciting dynamic and has bridged the gap between the day time and night time economies, which we want to encourage and continue.

We would like to hear your views on enhancing several pedestrian access routes in Chester City Centre.

The access routes we are considering are:

  • Bridge Street and Watergate Street
  • Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and St. Werburgh Street
  • Frodsham Street and Foregate Street.

Find out more:

For further information on each of these access routes, please click here and you can view maps of the access routes here.

How to get involved:

Please select from the options below to:

  • Share your views with us using our interactive mapping tool (please note you will need to register and/or login to Participate Now to add comments to the map. This is to help create a safe online environment for people to share their views).
  • Send us your views privately via our online survey.

We would love to hear what you think to help shape our plans for the continuing growth and prosperity of our heritage city.

The engagement exercise is open until 22 May 2022.

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Pin your views to our interactive map

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Please note you will need to register and/or login to Participate Now to add comments to the map. This is to help create a safe online environment for people to share their views.

Please share your views on proposals being considered to enhance several pedestrian access routes within Chester City Centre. 

On the map you can pin comments relating to the following proposals:

  • Bridge Street and Watergate Street (including Weaver Street loading bay) (marked in red) - We are considering making the temporary traffic access restrictions put in place during the pandemic a permanent change, meaning Watergate Street (from the lights at the junction with Nicholas Street) and Bridge Street (down to the rising bollards on Bridge Street) would remain closed to through traffic from 10.30am until 8.00pm, seven days a week, enabling the ongoing pedestrianisation of the area for the benefit of shoppers, hospitality and businesses alike. 
  • Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and St. Werburgh Street (also affecting St. John Street) (marked in blue) - We are considering making the temporary traffic access restrictions put in place during the pandemic a permanent change, meaning that Northgate Street (from the Northgate Street/St. Werburgh Street junction) and Eastgate Street would remain closed from 10.30am until 8.00pm seven days a week.  Currently traffic access is also restricted on Northgate Street (from the barrier opposite the Town Hall to the junction with St Werburgh Street) and St. Werburgh Street between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Saturday.  We are considering extending these access restrictions so that the same restrictions also apply on a Sunday. 
  • Frodsham Street and Foregate Street (marked in green) - Currently in this area traffic access is restricted on Frodsham Street (from the junction with Victoria Place, with access allowed to supermarket car parks), along Foregate Street, to the junction with Love Street, between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Saturday.  We are considering extending these access restrictions so that the same restrictions also apply on a Sunday.
  • Other comments - can be pinned using the 'other comments' pin.

For further information on each of these access routes, please click here and you can view maps of the access routes here.

To share your views on our interactive map, simply:

  • Click on the map
  • Zoom in to locate where you want to place your pin
  • Select the plus '+' symbol to add a pin 
  • Select the pin your comment relates to
  • Drag and drop your pin onto the map
  • Add your comment and press submit

Please remember this is a public space, so please do not share any personal information about yourself or others in your comments.

CLOSED: The Enhancing Chester City Centre Pedestrianisation engagement is now closed. We are preparing a report that summarises your feedback and the results from this engagement will be available in Summer 2022, alongside an update on the outcome of any decisions taken and the next steps.