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 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.