A PROPOSED new bus interchange for the people of Chester has overcome a new milestone this week.
Subject to approval and planning permission the construction of the new site, which is located at the Gorse Stacks car park is due to commence in the summer of 2015.
Council chiefs agreed to appoint a design and build contractor, moving the project on from the design stage to construction procurement.
Cllr Lynda Jones, Executive Member for Growth and Innovation said: “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.”
The interchange is seen by Cheshire West and Chester Council as a key component of the ongoing plans for the £300 million Northgate development project, with the current interchange having to make way for the development to go ahead.
The redevelopment of Northgate is set to create around 1,600 permanent jobs, plus construction roles while the complex is being built.
Cllr Jones added: “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.”
It will also see a projected annual increased spend of £143m in the area according to Chester Renaissance who are heading up the project.
Along with the relocation of the bus interchange the project will see a host of new shops and restaurants enter the area, with a proposal for an eight screen cinema accompanied by a theatre and a new library still being considered.
The loss of the 168 parking spaces will be compensated for by the new council-owned underground car park on Delamere street, which will include 355 new spaces.
Further council meetings on the development are scheduled for December, 16.