Chelmsford North East Bypass

Update 23 March 2017

The mid and north Essex strategic road network is essential to supporting our businesses, jobs and future. The A12, A130, A131 and A120 are key roads that create effective travel routes across the county. However there is a missing strategic link connecting the network together across north Chelmsford.

In 2007 Essex County Council and its partners laid out a long term plan for a Chelmsford North East bypass and safeguarded the land. Over the passage of time circumstances have changed and we now need to update this alignment. 

2015 / 2016 Review

In 2015 the County Council identified additional funding to allow work to be undertaken, including a review and update of the highways design and safeguarded corridor.

The work undertaken in 2015 has allowed the County Council to identify a more realistic footprint of the scheme and the land required to deliver the preferred route for the Bypass.

The proposed safeguarded corridor will generally reflect a 100m boundary, which is wide enough to ensure the bypass can be built, connect to the local road network, and provide land for environmental mitigation. In addition, the proposed safeguarded corridor would update the land required for junctions, structures and other key highway features, such as local road diversions. 

This Consultation

The safeguarded corridor will be allocated in Chelmsford City Council’s new Local Plan.

The Council is consulting on the Draft Local Plan – Preferred Options from late March until mid-May, including the updated safeguarded corridor for the Chelmsford North East Bypass. It does not re-examine the case for the bypass, the preferred route or junction designs.

The updated safeguarded corridor is shown on the Proposals Map which is part of the consultation.

You can view the consultation documents on the Consultation Portal at:

You can read and comment on any part of the whole document, or answer a simple questionnaire on key parts of the document.

You can also find out more, including other ways to respond, at: 

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