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Bold plans announced to tackle Chelmsford city centre congestion

29 November 2017

Man speaking at conference

Plans to transform Chelmsford's transport network for drivers, pedestrians, bus users and cyclists have been announced by Essex County Council.

Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, described the announcement as "a bold plan to ease congestion and create a truly modern and joined-up sustainable transport network".

The County Council has decided on 16 schemes combining 20 of the 30 proposals put to the public in the Chelmsford City Growth Package (CCGP) consultation earlier this year. The schemes have been picked and adjusted following careful analysis of feedback from the public.

Cllr Bentley said: "Everyone knows that congestion is a big issue in Chelmsford with the city's roads just 4% from capacity during peak times.

"This is a bold plan to ease congestion and create a truly modern and joined-up sustainable transport network.

"We cannot continue to just build more roads and rely on our cars to get everywhere – we have to design our roads to ensure sustainable transport is a quick, easy and accessible alternative.

“Thank you to everyone who shared your views with us – we have spent the last few months analysing those views and tweaking our plans to take into account any concerns raised by residents.

“I truly believe we have presented a package of works that will transform Chelmsford’s transport network for the better for decades to come.”

Schemes include:

  • Tindal Square: closure to motorised traffic
  • Parkway (five schemes) - Bus Lane and Three Lane Running / Permanent Left Turn Segregation / New London Road Junction Enhancement / New London Road Left Turn Widen / Manor Road
  • Chelmer Valley Road: Bus Priority Measures and Highway Capacity Improvements
  • Writtle to City Centre Cycling Improvements (National Cycle Network 1): Including Admirals Park Bridge replacement
  • City Centre Cycle Parking
  • Great Waltham to City Centre Cycle Route
  • Pump Lane/Springfield Road Toucan Crossing
  • Baddow Road Bus Gate - changes to consultation proposals include: 18-month trial, reduced to only peak hours and moved to Meadgate Avenue
  • Essex Regiment Way Pegasus Crossing
  • Broomfield Road: Hybrid Cycleway (Gyratory to Patching Hall Lane) and Highway and Passenger Transport capacity - changes to consultation proposals include: contraflow bus lane now to be provided along the Corporation Road one-way proposal
  • Great Baddow to City Centre cycle route
  • New Street hybrid cycleway
  • New London Road Bus lane
  • Chelmer Village Way cycleway
  • City Centre Cycle Connectivity (Bellmead link to Chelmsford Railway Station) 
  • Citywide Signage & Technology

The Chelmsford City Growth Package is worth a combined £15 million. 

Essex County Council is now submitting a business case to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership for £10 million of funding towards the package of schemes. Essex County Council is providing the additional £5 million. 

Find out more about the Chelmsfrd City Groth Package.