After months of delays, the new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A55 south of Chester has finally opened. The need for this bridge arose following the expansion of the width of the Post House roundabout itself. The pavement was removed to accommodate an extra lane on the roundabout to increase its capacity.
The new bridge lies to the west of the roundabout. Of course it is painted blue which seems to be the default colour for such bridges these days. Cycle lanes link the bridge to the road network on either side of the bridge.
North of the bridge there is relatively narrow shared use path on Wrexham Road which was in place before the bridge was constructed. There have been no improvements to this stretch of path, so it is no better or worse than what was in place previously.
To the south of the bridge there is a new, wide shared use path on the west side of the A483 which takes cyclists to the Rough Hill Junction which has controlled lights for cyclists. There are good cycle path links from here to the B5445 turning to Pulford and Rossett.
The overall verdict by the Campaign is that this new bridge does represent an improved and safer crossing of the A55. However, it is disappointing that the works have not resulted in any improvements for cyclists north of the Post House roundabout.