NEW heritage paving is to be laid on a main shopping street in Chester city centre.
Cheshire West and Chester Council will transform the footway in Lower Bridge Street in Chester with heritage York stone paving.
Two years ago the pavements in Bridge Street were replaced with the same paving to make the area more shopper-friendly while Watergate Street has also benefited from similar upgrades.
Work on the Lower Bridge Street improvements between Pepper Street and St Olave Street and Castle Street will start on Monday, September 16, with the scheme expected to take eight weeks to complete.
During that time motorists will be unable to use Lower Bridge Street to access the city centre.
Traffic heading towards Chester will be diverted via Overleigh Roundabout, Grosvenor Street and Grosvenor Road.
Vehicles heading away from the city centre and towards Handbridge will not be affected.
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities said: “These works have been planned so as not to interfere with school holidays and will be finished before the run up to Christmas.
“Using the same York stone paving will visually link Lower Bridge Street with Bridge Street and the pedestrian area for shoppers and visitors to Chester.
“We have listened to residents and business owners and know that improving the footway along this section is important to them, and they have wanted the work to be carried out for some time.
“We apologise for making Lower Bridge Street one-way and the disruption this will cause so please bear with us while this work is being carried out.”
Cllr Samantha Dixon, who represents the city centre, has welcomed the announcement.
She said: “This work is really good news as the footways along Lower Bridge Street needed improvement.
“Following a number of comments made to me by local residents asking for improvements, I’m sure the new paving will be widely welcomed.
“It’s an important route to the river, but I also hope this will encourage visitors to Chester to explore Lower Bridge Street and the businesses in this part of the city.”