Residents, commuters and visitors to Chelmsford are being asked to share their views and experiences of travelling in and around the city to help create a ‘best in class’ transport network for the future.
Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr Kevin Bentley, today (Monday) announced plans to unclog roads in the city centre and to encourage more sustainable forms of transport at an event in the Civic Centre this afternoon.
There are many ideas for unclogging the roads and redirecting the impact of longer-distance commuting to the city centre.
These include better signage to keep traffic on the most efficient roads; encouragement of the use of the two Park and Ride sites; information made available to the public to help them choose the best times to travel; and promoting bus, cycling and walking as attractive alternatives for short distance journeys within the city itself.
The public are being invited to comment on Chelmsford’s Future Transport Network document online
and help shape the future plans.
Further details will be available at public information events at:
- Monday, 6 March at Broomfield Hospital
- Friday, 10 March at High Chelmer shopping centre
- Saturday, 11 March at High Chelmer shopping centre
- Wednesday, 15 March at Remembrance Square, County Hall
- Friday, 17 March at High Chelmer shopping centre
- Saturday, 18 March at High Chelmer shopping centre
- Thursday, 23 March at High Chelmer shopping centre
More detailed plans and individual projects are set to be revealed at a further public consultation event set to launch this summer in support of an investment package totalling £15 million over three years.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Partnerships, said: "In 2012 the Queen granted Chelmsford city status and since then it has continued to grow - attracting a number of top stores to its high street in recent years.
"Chelmsford deserves a best in class transport network to ensure residents and businesses do not suffer costly delays.
"The city is already home to an extremely successful Park and Ride system and we want to build on this sustainable footing to help ease city centre congestion.
"Today we are announcing the first step of campaign to re-invigorate Chelmsford's transport network in a bid to support the growing economy.
"This is not a case of simply providing more and widened roads: this is a complete re-imagining of the way people travel in Chelmsford.
"It is vital residents, businesses and visitors to this great city take the opportunity to give their views during this early engagement and to participate in the consultation later this year to help us deliver the best result for everyone."