Chester Cycling Campaign has welcomed an amendment to plans for the major revamp of Frodsham Street in the city centre.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has agreed to permit pedal cycles to travel in a south to north direction along Frodsham Street, between its junctions with Foregate Street and Cow Lane Bridge, in addition to the one way traffic direction.
Trevor Jenkins from the campaign said: “We are delighted that the council has agreed to support our proposal for two-way cycling along Frodsham Street.
“Frodsham Street is such an important route for cyclists to access the city centre from Hoole via Brook Street and Boughton and Vicars Cross via the canal tow path, and it really would be a step forward to return along the same route.”
This decision follows a number of discussions between Trevor and the highways office and was the subject of specific reference at a recent community forum meeting at Boughton Hall Cricket Club where another cycling campaign member, Monica Robinson, raised the matter. It was confirmed that the issue was being re-considered by CWaC.
The original proposals for the Frodsham Street public realm improvements did allow for two-way cycling, but in subsequent design options this was excluded.
However, after further consideration and in the light of practical feedback from the Chester Cycling Campaign, the proposal to reintroduce the two-way option was included in a permanent traffic regulation order and recently approved and confirmed.
“It is not always possible to meet the demands of local interest groups,” said Andy Coward, engineer at the council’s highways office. “But we always try. We have a very good relationship with Chester Cycling Campaign and are delighted that we have been able to respond positively to their proposals for Frodsham Street.”
Mr Jenkins, as a key member of the 100+ strong Chester Cycling Campaign, regularly reviews all local planning applications and follows up those applications where he feels there are opportunities to improve city centre cycling facilities.