A5268 road

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A5268 shield

The new opening in the City Walls created for the A5268
Route information
Length 1.9 mi (3.1 km)
Existed 1966–present
Major junctions
Orbital around Chester
  A540 A540 road
A56 A56 road
A51 A51 road
A483 A483 road
A548 A548 road
Road network

The A5268 is Chester's Inner Ring Road. The road, which was built to dual carriageway standard, has roundabouts and traffic lights. Its purpose was to enable the pedestrianisation of Chester.


Work involved demolishing a large tract of properties through Nicholas Street and Watergate Street and building a flyover across the North Wales Mainline railway. A new opening also had to be constructed through Chester's city walls. In 1966 St Martin's Gate was opened by Minister of Transport, Barbara Castle.[1] The whole inner ring road project was completed by 1972.


It was constructed in the 1960s to divert traffic from through the city centre.[2] The through-traffic function of the road was superseded in 1976 by the construction of Chester's southerly by-pass.


  1. ^ http://www.chesterwalls.info/martins.html St Martin's Gate
  2. ^ http://www.chesterwalls.info/gallery/ringroad.html Chester Inner Ring Road

Coordinates: 53°11′44″N 2°53′28″W / 53.1955°N 2.8911°W / 53.1955; -2.8911

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