SAFETY improvements to Hoole Bridge are much needed and long overdue, city councillors said.
With the bridge, which carries more than 20,000 vehicles a day, due to be closed for up to 12 weeks from next month, the Conservative administration at the Town Hall agreed a motion which regretted the improvements could not be carried out at the same time as the planned strengthening.
The Tories undertook to explore “all avenues of funding for the future”.
These could include any development of the west car park at the station and support from Europe or Network Rail.
They are to engage the North West’s MEPs to lobby the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions to provide funding.
In the meantime, they believe the strengthening works should allow for future improvements to the bridge.
Hoole All Saints councillor Bob Thompson (Lib Dem) insists the bridge presents “very real issues for pedestrians and cyclists”.
“Those with push chairs and prams and people with walking difficulties have problems in crossing the bridge,” he said.
Meanwhile formal notice has been given by Cheshire County Council of the diversion routes in connection with next the closure of Hoole Bridge, used by more than 20,000 vehicles a day.
Hoole Road will be closed between Black Diamond Street and Ermine Road.
Ermine Road will be closed to southbound traffic between Hoole Road and Brook Lane while Newton Lane will also be closed to southbound traffic between Hoole Road and Kingsway.
Victoria Road will be closed at its junction with Brook Lane.
The county council says traffic on the M53 and M56 should divert onto the A5117 at junction 10 on the M53 near Cheshire Oaks and use the A5117, A5032 and the A41 Liverpool Road.
Traffic approaching Chester along the A55 should leave at Sainsbury’s roundabout and use the A5115 Christleton Road and the A51 Boughton.
Through traffic from the M53 and A56 for the Sealand Road side of the city should turn right off the A56 onto the A41 and head for the A5116 Liverpool Road while traffic for the city centre should turn left for the Vicars Cross lights and use the A51 Tarvin Road and Boughton. Local traffic in the area should use Brook Lane, Liverpool Road and St Oswald’s Way.
The order will come into force on Monday, February 11.