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Chester roadworks could cause traffic jams

By: Ashley Curtis
29 December 2011

Those in logistics work will do well to avoid Chester city centre from early January as major roadworks look set to create traffic jams, reports Liverpool Daily Post.

Logistics firms, commuters and shoppers may be affected by the works, which is the fault of the latest phase of the National Grid gas pipe replacement works.

From January 9 onwards, Upper Northgate Street and Parkgate Road will be closed "between the A5268 Fountains Roundabout and the junction at Walpole Street".

In addition, a northbound lane closure between the traffic lights at Walpole Street and the A5480 Countess Way will provide a logistical headache for drivers.

However, Chester will not be the only area to suffer from National Grid gas pipe replacement works. reports that work on the gas mains on part of the Isle of Axholme will begin on January 3 as part of the second phase of works.

Construction engineer Danny Jackson commented on the works, trying to allay fears of congestion: "We wish to assure everyone that we will do our upmost to minimise any disruption associated with this work, which has been agreed in conjunction with the local authority.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused but these are essential works which are required to ensure the people in the area continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply for cooking and heating," he added.

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