About the Scheme
The two new communities of Beaulieu Park and Channels, and future growth planned for northeast Chelmsford as set out by Chelmsford City Council in their Local Plan (the plan showing where future development will be located), will bring over 6000 new houses to the area by 2036.
Demand for a crossing on Essex Regiment Way to improve connectivity to Broomfield and beyond is therefore set to significantly increase during this time.
This proposed work is part of the £15 million Chelmsford City Growth Package of improvements designed to alleviate pressure on Chelmsford’s road network.
The scheme being proposed is near the existing bridleway and would improve connectivity between the Broomfield and Beaulieu Park areas. Due to the nature of Essex Regiment Way, provision of a safe crossing facility is needed to avoid further separation of the two communities and encourage people to use more sustainable forms of transport within the city.
The proposed scheme will consist of a pegasus crossing connecting the cycle and bridleway networks either side of Essex Regiment Way. This is a type of crossing which will allow pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to stop the traffic and to cross over the road.
The crossing will improve connectivity for non-motorised users between Beaulieu Park and Broomfield communities. It would make non-motorised user journeys safer in the area, which should encourage new users who may currently be put off from using different modes of transport because of the lack of a safe place to cross.