CREATING new pedestrianised areas in the city centre and building a new bus exchange are among the ideas included in the new Chester Transport Strategy.
Northgate Street and St Werburgh Street could be partially closed off to traffic and the links between the city centre and the Roman amphitheatre and Groves would be improved.
With a raft of major developments in the pipeline, including the new theatre, the long-awaited Northgate Development and the Central Business Quarter, the need for sufficient transport infrastructure has never been greater.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) and regeneration body Chester Renaissance will launch the transport strategy on Friday, September 6.
Drop-in sessions will be staged to give people the chance to find out more about the plans and a six-week public consultation will also be held.
Cllr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation, said: “A new and updated transport strategy for Chester is essential to provide the basis for a more ‘joined up’ approach to dealing with current and emerging transport issues.
“We intend that the new strategy will form a vital part of assisting our plans for the longer-term economic, social and environmental needs of the city and the surrounding area.
“Our proposals are essential to help us assess and respond to current and future travel requirements, and demands in and around the city, in the years to come.”
CWaC and Chester Renaissance said the strategy had taken into account numerous important issues including proposed developments and housing needs.
Plans include making the city centre more attractive for pedestrians, encouraging people to use buses, providing better parking and improving park and ride services.
Measures to deal with congestion and delays are also included as are proposals to improve provision for cyclists.
Cllr Manley said: “We have already taken account of local views and concerns as part of an initial consultation exercise, undertaken earlier this year.
“This has helped inform our suggested proposals and options, and we are now keen to hear from our partners and residents’ on our proposals as part of this new consultation exercise. This will take place between Friday, September 6 and Friday, October 18.”
Two public drop-in sessions will be held in the palatine room in Chester Town Hall.
The first will be between 10.30am and 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 10 and the second between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 4.
Once the results of the consultation exercises have been considered, the council plans to finalise and publish the new transport strategy in early 2014.