Latest plans for Chelmsford’s Army and Navy roundabout revealed

Essex County Council has shared an image of final plans to transform the Army and Navy junction in Chelmsford.

The proposed Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package includes a hamburger roundabout, bus priority measures and walking and cycling improvements.

The current roundabout is traffic signal-controlled. It previously had a single-lane tidal-flow flyover which was shut for safety reasons in 2019 and subsequently removed.

New visualisations have been published showing the latest plans in more detail, following the submission of three separate planning applications for the project. Decisions are expected in the Spring.

Councillor Lesley Wagland OBE, Essex County Council’s Deputy to the Leader with principal accountabilities on Major Infrastructure Projects and Freeports, said: “We are delighted to have reached another milestone for what will be a truly transformational project for Chelmsford.

“After a huge amount of hard work assessing options, developing our proposals and securing conditional funding for the scheme, it is fantastic to have now submitted planning applications.

“The Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package will deliver enormous benefits; improving journey times, reducing delays and supporting economic growth in the area.

“We also need to provide better options for people to travel, especially for shorter journeys where we want walking or cycling to be the natural choice. This project will do just that, helping encourage people to travel in and around the city in safer, greener, and healthier ways.”

In October, the Department for Transport confirmed the outline business case for the project had been approved. Essex County Council will be awarded £68.75million of Major Road Network (MRN) funding, subject to planning consent, a full business case and certain conditions being met. The £81 million project is also being part funded by the County and Chelmsford City Council.

(Picture – Essex County Council)

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