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Chelmsford City Growth Package

Aerial view of Chelmsford

Results of the Public Consultation

Through the public consultation we received over 900 responses from the public, businesses and other key partners.

This process allowed us gain insight and analysis to help shape the selection of schemes to be taken forward as part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package.

As the promoter of the growth package, we have also included a response to the public consultation to explain the decisions that have been made.

Consultation Report

Promoter's Response 

What’s the problem?

Chelmsford is growing and developing into a place where people want to live, work, shop, and spend time. With this growth, there is an increase in demand for travel on our already busy road network.

At the moment, the road network has only 4% space left at peak times.

If we don’t do something to reduce the pressure on the existing road network, the problem is going to get worse 

  • More frequent traffic jams
  • A negative effect on the city’s economy
  • A negative effect on air quality  

There is not the available space in the city centre to increase capacity on the existing roads, or build new roads. This would also not solve the issue as it would further encourage extra car journeys and quickly use up the new space.

What’s the solution?

We need a strategic approach to help solve the issues that are currently in existence on Chelmsford’s transport network. Looking to the future, we need to progress in a way that ensures that what we have in Chelmsford can be used and enjoyed for generations to come.

Investing in sustainable transport methods is therefore a key part of the solution.

We also need to challenge the way people think about travelling to, from and within Chelmsford.

We need to make alternatives to the car attractive enough to persuade people to alter their habits.


Source: Census (2011) journey to work data

The Chelmsford City Growth Package

Essex County Council has secured £15 million to be invested in sustainable transport methods designed to help alleviate pressure on Chelmsford’s road network.  These improvements to the network need to be made by 2021.

The Chelmsford City Growth Package went out to public consultation in summer 2017. It includes a number of potential schemes. Public feedback helped us decide which schemes to bring forward in November 2017.


The selected schemes

In November 2017 we announced a number of schemes to be take forward following consultation. To find out more please see the Public Consultation Documents below and our presentation document.

Project Status Completion
Baddow Road Bus Gate Not being taken forward
Broomfield Road In Design 2020
City Centre cycle parking Construction 2020
City Centre parkway/ Victoria Road South Construction 2020
Chelmer Valley Road In Design 2020
Chelmer Village Cycleway Complete
Essex Regiment Way In Design 2021
Great Baddow to City Centre Construction 2019
Great Waltham to City Centre In Design  2020
New London Road Bus Lane In Design 2020
New Street In Design 2020
Signage and Technology Construction 2020
Tindal Square In Design 2021
Writtle Cycleway / Admiral Park Bridge Construction 2020
Map showing the locations of the proposed schemes in the Chelmsford City Growth Package 

Public Consultation Documents - Summer 2017

Chelmsford City Growth Package - North Chelmsford - PDF
Chelmsford City Growth Package - West Chelmsford PDF
Chelmsford City Growth Package - City Centre - PDF
Chelmsford City Growth Package - Parkway Corridor - PDF
Chelmsford City Growth Package - South and East