Milestone for Chester interchange
Chester Council chiefs hailed what has been described as a ‘significant milestone’ in the delivery of the town’s new bus interchange after agreeing to appoint a design and build contractor. Relocation of the existing bus exchange from Princess Street is a ‘key enabling project’ in the £300m Northgate development. To date, £262,000 had been spent on design work and technical studies for the new facility. The decision to move to procurement would release a further £767,000 to progress the scheme. Subject to approval, construction is expected to begin in summer 2015 with completion scheduled for autumn 2016.
Executive Member for Growth and Innovation, Cllr Lynda Jones, said, ‘It does mean a brief period where Council funds are being invested at risk, but starting procurement at this stage will yield benefits of about two months in the programme of completing the interchange and free up the Princess Street site for the commencement of works on the Northgate scheme. This is a further significant milestone in the process of delivering a much-needed modern bus interchange and paving the way for work to commence on the Northgate scheme that is so important for the future economic prosperity of the city centre.’