Cycle paths and other off-road routes can be closed without notice, causing inconvenience to cyclists and pedestrians. Also, when closures take place, diversions are rarely suggested or signposted. The Chester Cycling Campaign is providing a constantly updated list of closures and reopenings to enable you to plan your journey with some confidence.
The list below is based on reports from Campaign members and members of the public. Its accuracy depends on up-to-date reports from Campaign members and members of the public. Please let us know if any of the information below is inaccurate or out of date. Also, you can let us know of new route closures using the ‘Comments’ form at the bottom of this page. We are grateful for any updates that you may be able to supply!
Current Route and Path Closures
Parkgate Road to Liverpool Road Ginnel (Prince Rupert’s Trench) – Useful off road shortcut for pedestrians and cyclists, especially University of Chester students. Closed due to landslip and collapsed wall. Blocked at both ends with barricades. An impasse regarding the responsibility for funding the repair has led to a lengthy closure. However, some activity is now taking place at the site, following pressure from the University of Chester. It may be that CWAC will decide to fund the repair and that the route will be reopened at some point. Alternative route is via Millennium Greenway (lengthy but quiet), or via Parkgate Road and Liverpool Road (very busy, requiring nerves of steel). It would be wrong of us to suggest that you use the pavement as a safe alternative.
Route 568 Along the River Dee by the Cop Park – Route 568 along the River Dee into Chester by the Cop by Sealand Road and New Crane Street is closed for cyclists and pedestrians. This is because the developer at the old lock gates from the canal into the river has started work there again. the developers warn that the path will be shut for 12 months from January 23rd.
Recent Route and Path Reopenings
Canal Towpath – The towpath was closed in Northgate cut from the locks to Cow Lane Bridge (Frodsham Street)in order to carry out repair work to stabilise the loose material on the rockface above the canal towpath. Although this work has not been completed, the reopening has been facilitated by the use of a number of fencing barricades which appear to have been installed in order to protect towpath users from injury due to falling rocks.
Northgate Street Turn to Delamere Street – Right turn for cyclists restored with a new refuge for cyclists. Very busy junction, so take care.
Information last updated 28/02/2017.