Highways England statement

Andy Withington, North West asset delivery manager at Highways England, said: “We’ve been working closely with Chester West and Cheshire Council to identify improvements that can be made to tackle congestion on the road into Chester and are pleased that the council has been able to secure funding to add an extra lane to the A483.

“The scheme will support the project we carried out a couple of years ago at the Posthouse roundabout and will help improve the flow of traffic for drivers who use the busy route between Wales and Cheshire.”

Traffic - Ruabon

Reports of heavy traffic on the A483 Wrexham Bypass southbound between A539 J1 (Ruabon) and A5 (Halton Roundabout).

A483 is a 'source of frustration', says council

In explaining the works Cllr Karen Shore, cabinet member for environment for Cheshire West and Chester, said that once the roadworks have been completed the benefits will be obvious.

She said: “The A483 Wrexham Road is one of the main commuter routes into and out of Chester. The scheme includes widening and resurfacing the route and unfortunately this means that motorists will experience some disruption from 25 September, for around 10 weeks, but once the scheme is finished the benefits will be obvious.

“We will try to minimise traffic disruption by carrying out the work outside of peak hours, including working overnight, and we would ask people to bear with us whilst we make these improvements.

“We are committed to easing traffic congestion on the A483/Wrexham Road into Chester which has become a source of frustration for motorists and is in conflict with our plans to grow Chester’s economy over the coming years.”

Turning for hotel and petrol station closed

During the works, the road will have a temporary 30mph speed restriction and right turns into the Holiday Inn and adjacent petrol station will be temporarily closed until the scheme is completed.

Delays easing

It looks like traffic has now returned to normal as rush hour has now come to an end.

How are the council hoping to minimise disruption?

Traffic management will only be in place during off-peak hours to minimise disruption. Between the hours of 6.30am and 9am and again from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, two lanes of traffic will be maintained where possible.

How will the roadworks help motorists?

The project is expected to take 10 weeks and aims to improve traffic flow on the A55, as well as the A483, by allowing traffic to leave the roundabout more speedily. It will be carried out by contractors, King Construction.

What are the roadworks for?

The £1.2m scheme is to improve trafflic flow on the A483 between Chester and Wrexham.

Work will include widening the A483 inbound from a dual carriageway to a three lane road between Posthouse roundabout and Chester Business Park.

Queues to Rossett

Queues are beginning to build with rush hour well underway. There are delays back to Rossett.

Delays on the A483 near Wrexham
Delays on the A483 near Wrexham

Queues on A483

Queues are forming on the A483 between Chester and Wrexham.

There are delays leading up to the Posthouse Roundabout (J38 of the A55) in both directions.

Roadworks which are set to last for 10 weeks began yesterday.