As part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package, Essex Highways is delivering a new scheme on Broomfield Road.
The road is a major route between Chelmsford city centre and Broomfield village to the north of the city, and is used to access Broomfield Hospital.
Currently, there is an on-road advisory cycle lane which needs improving due to substantial use, particularly during morning and evening peak times.
We plan to provide a high quality, flagship cycle route through the installation of hybrid cycle tracks, where cyclists are separated from pedestrians and the carriageway. These cycle tracks are proposed for Broomfield Road between the city centre and Patching Hall Lane and will provide links to the existing cycle network across the city.
This scheme is being delivered as part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
Essex County Council has secured £15 million to undertake sustainable transport improvements to help alleviate pressure on Chelmsford’s road network.
In 2017 we consulted on the Chelmsford City Growth Package. This included proposals for improvements to cycling facilities along Broomfield Road. During the consultation a key aspect of the scheme, for many people was improving safety for cyclists along the route.
How will the cycleway be implemented on Broomfield Road?
To implement the hybrid cycleway, we will need to make changes to bus stops so that the cycleway can go behind the island where people wait for the bus. This is called a floating bus stop and is used in many other cities across the UK.
To create the floating bus stops we plan to move the bus stops into the carriageway, turning the layby into the bus stand and running the new hybrid cycle lane between the footway and the bus stand. This is shown in the scheme video and in the image below.
To create the cycleway, we will also need to use space from the road and in some locations the footway, where it is safe to do so. We can narrow the road by removing most of the road markings such as hatching and filter lanes and can create further space by removing any unnecessary signage.
People will be able to cross from the footway to the bus stand, and we will maintain full access to all homes and businesses along the route. We will keep the same number of bus stops but may have to move some slightly. We will know more about this as the scheme develops.
We will also maintain the right-hand turn lanes on important junctions where they currently exist and will change waiting restrictions to make sure traffic can flow freely.
Corporation Road Junction
Since the consultation we have also amended the proposals to redesign the Corporation Road junction.
Instead of making Corporation Road one-way to the junction as previously proposed, traffic will instead be unable to turn left onto Broomfield Road from Corporation Road, or right from Broomfield Road into Corporation Road if travelling southbound
The northbound left turn lane will be removed to create space for the cycle lane, but traffic will still be able to turn left onto Corporation Road from Broomfield Road.
There are nearby alternative routes that can be used instead. Traffic wanting to turn left onto Broomfield Road can use Swiss Avenue or Kings Road instead.
Southbound traffic wanting to turn right onto Corporation Road can instead leave Broomfield Road a junction earlier at Kings Road.
What happens next?
Construction is likely to start in Spring 2020 and continue through the Summer.
We will update this webpage with further information on how the construction will be managed and how it may affect you. We will aim to keep disruption to a minimum.
We will need to update the Traffic Regulation Orders along the route in order to implement the cycleway and reinforce waiting restrictions. These will be progressed in the coming weeks and advertised in accordance with the normal statutory processes and procedures.
This scheme is being delivered as part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package. For information about other schemes considered visit Chelmsford City Growth Package.