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Colchester Road, Chelmsford

Latest News - 06 September 2019: Colchester Road - overnight road closures scheduled September

A series of overnight road closures are planned to take place on A130 Colchester Road, Chelmsford on the following nights for carriageway surfacing between Sainsbury store and Boreham roundabouts:  

  • Tuesday 10 September
  • Wednesday 11 September
  • Thursday 12 September
  • Friday 13 September

Closures are planned nightly between 8pm and 5am the following morning.

A diversion will be in place: Link to diversion plan.

Residents and businesses affected by the closure are being informed of the works separately by letter as seen in the Document Section below.  However please note latest closure dates above.  

During closure periods, residents of Fordson Road will be able to access their properties from the Sainsbury roundabout via a marshalled gate access as operatives will be enforcing an access only system.

To view information about other works in the area please view: .  Plesae note dates may be subject to change at short notice as these works are subject to weather conditions being suitable, however the latest information will be reflected on site signage.

Thank you for your continued patience while these works take place.

About the scheme

In 2010 planning permission was granted by Chelmsford City Council to construct between 650 and 750 dwellings to the land around Belstead Farm Lane. The works for the development are currently underway.

In order to manage the increased traffic, the developer was required to widen Colchester Road to two lanes in to Chelmsford between Boreham interchange and the Sainsbury’s roundabout.

Works include installing a new lane on the southern side, alterations to bus stops, street lighting upgrades as well as drainage improvements, resurfacing works and undertaking carriageway alignment changes on White Hart Lane junction of the Sainsbury’s roundabout. 


When will the works take place?

Works commenced on Wednesday 12 September 2018, the work will be undertaken in a phased approach.   Works are anticipated for completion in autumn 2019. 

Works will be undertaken whilst maintaining a lane in both directions where possible, Monday to Saturday. Where it is not possible, works will be carried out during off-peak times. 

Where road closures are necessary during the works, diversions will be sign posted. Closures will be kept to an absolute minimum.   

Please note that advertised dates may be subject to change if affected either by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

How will it affect you?

To facilitate these works, the southern footpath and cycleway will be temporarily closed due to the available working width and while the footpath is being reconstructed.

Pedestrians will be required to use the northern footpath whilst the works take place, while cyclists may use the main carriageway or dismount for the relevant stretch.

Provisions for pedestrians will be in place to facilitate the existing crossing point.

The bus stop on the southern side will be temporally relocated whilst works in the area are undertaken.


Traffic Management

Advance signage/information boards will be displayed on site keeping members of the public updated.

Throughout the various work phases, temporary carriageway restrictions, including two-way traffic lights and overnight closures may be required.

A temporary 30mph limit will be applied on both White Hart Lane from Colchester Road roundabout for a distance of approximately 125m in a north-westerly direction and Colchester Road from White Hart Lane roundabout for a distance of approximately 460m in a north-easterly direction. 

We recognise this is a traffic sensitive site and measures have been put in place to minimise disruption.


Further information

The developer/contractor will provide the necessary updates to any affected local residents, businesses and interested parties in advance of the works, including the on-site signage.

This webpage will continue to be updated as new information becomes available as the scheme progresses.

For further information visit


Site contact

Please contact Henderson and Taylor 01375 850059