Council arranges roadworks embargo for Christmas period

14 November 2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council has arranged a roadworks embargo for the Christmas period to keep festivities running smoothly.

There will be no roadworks in Chester city centre and all major towns and major retail outlet areas across the borough from noon on Thursday 21 November until 11.59pm on Monday 6 January. 

The embargo will cover Chester city centre, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Neston, Northwich and Winsford town centres. Only essential emergency repairs to utility services will be granted permission to work on the road network in these areas.

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne, said: “At this time of year we of course see a significant increase in both the number of vehicles and pedestrians in and around our major shopping centres, in the run-up to and through the Christmas and New Year periods.

A roadworks embargo has worked well in previous years and will help visitors and shoppers access the borough’s wonderful shopping and leisure facilities by keeping traffic running smoothly.

“Our Streetworks team may, of course, need to grant permits for work on the road network during these dates if emergency repairs are needed to ensure the supply of vital utility services to homes and businesses.”

The embargo only applies to the Borough’s road network, however the Council’s Highways Service is working with the other network operators, including Highways England and Network Rail, to minimise the impact of any proposed works on their own networks, through promoting off-peak and night time working.

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