Local cyclists have been caught unawares by the sudden closure of the footpath linking the riverside boardwalk and The Cop Park. This heavily used link has been completely blocked off by contractors working on a building site where the Shropshire Union Canal joins the River Dee.
The path is blocked at both ends with a sign reading that the path will be closed for 12 months from 23rd January 2017. The boarding and fencing also blocks the first entrance into The Cop, forcing cyclists and walkers approaching the site from the west to retrace their route.
As there is no diversion route set up, cyclists are forced to cross the road and use New Crane Street in both directions. Great caution needs to be used as the road is narrow here, and the site is on a bend in the road with a rise over the canal itself, creating visibility problems for both motor vehicles and cyclists.
The Chester Cycling Campaign has been in touch with both Sustrans and Cheshire West and Chester Council regarding the matter. We have also approached the Canal and Rivers Trust regarding the need to preserve the option of a bridge over the canal at this point in the longer term.
Currently the Campaign is trying to arrange a meeting on site with CWaC officers to discuss these various issues in an effort to get the best arrangements for cyclists in both the short term and the longer term. Keep and eye the Campaign website for further updates.