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Henderson & Taylor have painted a poignant message on the road surface at Chelmer Valley Road this week, to thank NHS key workers and carers for their unstinting efforts supporting us all through the current health emergency.

With their site offices being so close to the Chelmsford Ambulance Station they have seen the high volume of call outs the ambulance crews are responding to.

This message is temporary because the road will be resurfaced later in the scheme, however we are happy it reflects the lasting respect and appreciation we all have for the NHS, care staff and keyworkers that are working so hard to keep us safe day and night.

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Chelmer Valley Road

Works Location

About the Scheme

Chelmer Valley Road is a key route connecting the north of Chelmsford into the city and connects to the Chelmer Valley Park and Ride. The proposed scheme extends from Alan Cherry Drive through to the Lawn Lane Roundabout.

Traffic flows in the area have increased over the past few years and with the significant planned growth in the north of Chelmsford at Beaulieu Park and Channels, future traffic levels will add significant pressure to Chelmer Valley Road. Because of this traffic congestion, particularly between Parkway and the Valley Bridge, journeys along the Chelmer Valley Road corridor can be up to 49% slower during peak periods. Buses, including Park and Ride buses, use Chelmer Valley Road but are often caught up in the traffic congestion.

To support these services now and into the future, we propose to introduce a dedicated bus lane northbound from the University junction (Alan Cherry Drive) to Valley Bridge roundabout and then northeast bound to join with the existing bus lane to the south of Lawn Lane junction. This will reduce journey times and improve reliability for the Park and Ride buses.

This proposed work is part of a £15 million Chelmsford City Growth Package of improvements designed to alleviate pressure on Chelmsford’s road network. 

The works

The proposed work will see the section between Alan Cherry Drive and Valley Bridge roundabout installed by a combination of embankment works and carriageway re-allocation. The existing two-lane northbound approach to Valley Bridge roundabout for all traffic will be extended, increasing capacity and improving safety, particularly for vehicles entering the Valley Bridge roundabout.

The existing northbound Park and Ride bus lane approaching Lawn Lane roundabout will be extended southwards towards the Valley Bridge roundabout via a combination of embankment works and carriageway re-allocation. This will assist in maintaining journey time reliability and highway capacity as the northern growth area develops.

Complementing the scheme, a developer-funded southbound bus lane from the Lawn Lane roundabout towards Valley Bridge roundabout is proposed to extend the existing southbound provision.

How the works may affect you

Works began on Chelmer Valley Road in January 2020.   Temporary traffic management are in place for the safety of the public and the workforce and consist of temporary narrow lanes along the roadways during the daytime, while temporary traffic signals will be needed to support night time working. 

A limited number of overnight road closures will be necessary later in the work programme to support carriageway surfacing. Details will be advertised in advance and appropriate diversions will in place during any planned road closures.

We appreciate this is a traffic sensitive area and would encourage you to allow extra time for your journey and to take additional care when passing through the area.   Traffic management will be adjusted according to progress being made on site and to minimise local travel disruption.   

The latest information, including any changes to traffic management will be reflected on this webpage as details are confirmed.  

These improvements are due for completion in summer 2020.

Further information 

Please note arrangements can sometimes be subject to change at short notice due to unsuitable weather conditions or if unexpected issues arise.

The latest information will be reflected on site signage and this webpage.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit or our twitter feed @essexhighways