Train passengers, cyclists and pedestrians could benefit after Conservatives revealed their intention to put a car park on the former Chester Enterprise Centre and a footpath/cycle bridge alongside Hoole bridge.
A feasibility study concerning the footbridge plan is part of a city wide transport plan expected to be approved by the Tory-led Cheshire West and Chester Council executive on Wednesday.
However, a council spokeswoman confirmed the car park idea is not contained in the document but 'is part of the administration’s emerging policy for the area'.
A Conservative press release says the car park would be on the site of the former enterprise centre which was destroyed by fire in 2010. It says it would help relieve parking around the southern Hoole area and near the station, which is desperately in need of more spaces.
A feasibility study will investigate the possibility of a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians adjacent to the existing road bridge, avoiding the need to walk or cycle just inches from the traffic.
Cllr Adrian Walmsley, who has campaigned for a new bridge for almost a decade, said: “This is fantastic news, pedestrians and cyclists alike tell me how dangerous Hoole Bridge can be and this will bring much needed relief.”
Welcoming the news, Chester MP Stephen Mosley said: “I have made many representations on behalf of residents all concerned with the dangers of mixing traffic, cyclists and pedestrians in a narrow space. I am delighted with the council’s plans.”
Hoole resident Dr Christian Dunn said: “It’s great news. I walk over the bridge every day and hate being so close to traffic, some of it doing unacceptable speeds.”
Lib Dem ward Cllr Bob Thompson welcomed the news saying he too had campaigned for a safe pedestrian and cycleway over Hoole bridge for years. “I am sure residents of Hoole will be delighted,” he added.