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Broomfield Road

Introduction

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 light segregation measures. 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.

 

Scheme background

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 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 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.

Image showing a floating bus stop

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 also maintain the right-hand turn lane on Swiss Avenue and will change waiting restrictions to make sure traffic can flow freely.


Broomfield Road no turn restriction imageCorporation 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 is involved and how this may affect you

Construction will begin 20 July 2020, with the works due for completion in Winter 2020.

The scheme will involve minor widening of Broomfield Road between the Parkway Gyratory to Fifth Avenue to create dedicated cycleways in either direction.  These improvements are designed to make the route safer and more convenient for cyclists travelling along the route, and to encourage others to use sustainable forms of transport. 

Temporary traffic management will be necessary to support the works, this is for the safety of both the public and the workforce. This will involve lane narrowing, footway diversions and temporary traffic light control during the daytime / night.

There will also be a limited number of overnight road closures required later in the programme to support carriageway surfacing.   Advance warning notices and appropriate diversions will be 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 as we endeavour to minimise local travel disruption.   

Our works are subject to suitable weather conditions, so it may be necessary to change arrangements at short notice. The latest information about the scheme, including any changes to traffic management arrangements will be updated to this webpage and the @essexhighways twitter feed. 

 

Further information

Further updates will be made as the scheme progresses.  To view information about other roadworks in the area visit one.network.

This scheme is being delivered as part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package. For information about other schemes considered visit Chelmsford City Growth Package.