Essential work on Canal Side, Chester

Welsh Water is carrying out work to repair two partial collapses of the Victorian sewer under the City Road bridge on Canal Side Chester.

The repair work is very challenging due to the location of both of the collapses under the bridge, restricting access to the collapse.

Our contractors are now on site carrying out the repair and we should have everything finished by the end of September.

Whilst we carry out the work temporary pumps and pipes have been installed on Canal Side to maintain flows. Unfortunately, these will need to stay in place until the work to repair the sewer is complete. We understand that this is inconvenient to users of Canal Side and apologise for any disruption caused during this essential work.

What we are doing now / next:

  • We are carrying out repair work on the sewer under City Road bridge and next to the old Swifty’s pub.
  • The first repair will be next to Swifty’s where we will need to dig down around 5 meters to get to the sewer
  • We will then carry out work to repair the sewer under City Road bridge
  • During the work, the pathway along the canal from City Road Bridge to the Square will be closed and a diversion in place
  • Steps from City Road Bridge down to Canal Side will remain open throughout the work
  • All businesses along Canal Side will remain open as usual

Where we are working:

So that the team can work safely and for the safety of the public, while we carry out this work the pathway under City Road Bridge will be closed to the public and diversion will be in place during closures to allow access to the businesses along Canal Side, which are open as usual.

We know Canal Side is also part of route 45 Sustrans cycle route through Chester. After consultation with cycling organisation, Highways have advised there are no suitable alternative routes that meet the requirements for safe cycling and therefore we will ask cyclists to dismount and use the pedestrian diversion. We apologise for the disruption this may cause you.


We are working closely with the Canal and River Trust to protect the ecology of the Shropshire Union Canal.

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