Talking West Cheshire

Pedestrian-friendly riverside promenade completed

26 May 2010

A programme of work at the Groves in Chester has now been completed creating an attractive pedestrian-friendly promenade alongside the River Dee.

The work - called the Groves Link - is the final section of works to create a riverside promenade from the Chester’s Old Dee Bridge to the Groves. This route links with key tourist destinations such as the racecourse, the city walls and the River Dee.

The bollards at the Groves end have been moved up to the Groves riverside walkway. This has extended the area off limits to vehicles and created an attractive, fully pedestrianised promenade. The scheme also includes railings and seat furniture, improved street lighting and a provision for CCTV in the future.

Executive Member for the Community and Environment, Councillor Lynn Riley, said: “Now the work is completed the final result is excellent. The new pedestrian-friendly promenade will improve access around the city centre and make Chester’s lovely riverside even more appealing.”

Ward Councillor, Cllr Max Drury, added: “I’ve already had many comments from constituents saying how good the work looks, just in time for summer and the influx of tourists.”

Rita Waters of Chester Renaissance added: “This improvement scheme in a key part of the city will reinforce Chester’s offer as a business and leisure destination.”

The work involved contractors F G Whitley & Sons of Buckley, Robert Rodgers Associates and BAM Nutall. It was funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) as part of a scheme to improve four public areas in Chester.

Council Highways staff, Councillor Max Drury, designers, and representatives from Chester Renaissance and contractors view the completed pedestrian-friendly promenade at the Groves, Chester.

Photo caption: Council Highways staff, Councillor Max Drury, designers, and representatives from Chester Renaissance and contractors view the completed pedestrian-friendly promenade at the Groves, Chester.