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Chelmsford City Growth Package

Aerial view of Chelmsford

The selected schemes

In November 2017 we announced a number of schemes to be take forward following consultation:

Scheme Works  Status Completion
Broomfield Road Installation of cycle tracks Construction Winter 2020-21 
City Centre cycle parking Creation of additional cycle parking facilities  Complete
City Centre Parkway / Victoria Road South Improving congestion on Parkway  Complete
Chelmer Valley Road Creation of dedicated bus lane Construction  Summer 2020
Chelmer Village cycleway Improvements for cycling and walking Complete
Essex Regiment Way Introduction of a safe crossing In Design Winter 2021 
Great Baddow to City Centre  Creation of new cycle route Complete
Great Waltham to City Centre Creation of new cycle route In Design  Winter 2020-21 
New London Road bus lane Works to prioritise buses In Design Summer 2020
New Street cycle route Creation of cycle tracks Construction Summer 2020
Signage and technology Improvement into signage and automated traffic management Construction Winter 2020-21
Tindal Square / Market Road cycle lane Creation of new public square and new cycle lane  In Design Winter 2020-21 (Market Road) Summer 2021 (Public Square) 
Writtle cycleway / Admiral Park bridge Improvement to cycle way and replacement of bridge Construction Summer 2020 (Cycle way complete)

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 recieving over 900 responses. This helped us decide which schemes to bring forward in November 2017.


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