TRAFFIC chaos is expected in Chester city centre next week as Lower Watergate Street is affected by roadworks for the second time this year.

This time the road is being dug up to allow Dee Valley Water to repair a mains water leak from Tuesday August 26-Thursday August 26 inclusive.

Westbound traffic – leaving Chester – won’t be permitted to enter the road from Nicholas Street and must use the diversionary route along St Martins Way, Parkgate Road, Deva Link and Sealand Road.

Earlier this year Lower Watergate Street was completely closed for seven weeks from January 18, causing a headache for motorists to allow the replacement of cast-iron gas mains with a modern polyethylene pipe.

The work was part of a five-year £20m programme to replace more than 88 miles of gas mains across Chester which has affected several roads.

For more information about next week’s closure, call James Orme or Helena Crawford at Cheshire West and Chester Council on 0300 123 7036.