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Writtle to City Centre Cycling Improvements

Latest News - 22 May 2020: Preparations for Admirals Park Bridge removal and replacement

Admirals Bridge, located within Admirals Park is due to be replaced with a wider, four metre structure to improve journeys for both pedestrians and cyclists.  This will be shared use facility.

A contractor has been appointed with work due to begin on Monday 1 June 2020.

Following site set up and temporary fencing installation to protect the work area, preparations will be made to support the heavy plant and equipment needed to remove the existing bridge and install new bridge foundations.

The new bridge is being fabricated off site and will be transported to Admirals Park in one piece via A1016 Rainsford Lane and lifted into it final location. Some temporary off peak traffic management will be required to provide safe access from the road to Admirals Park.

During the majority of the works, pedestrian and dismounted cyclist access will be maintained via a temporary footpath and bridge northwest of the existing structure.   

Please be aware however that it may be necessary to close the temporary bridge and footpath for short periods to protect the public and the workforce while essential plant movements and the installation of the bridge take place. 

We are sorry for any short term inconvenience caused by our works.

The latest information about these works will be posted onto this webpage as the scheme progresses. 

Thank you for your patience while we carry out these improvements.

Works Location


Photos

Before phase 1 improvements

 

After phase 1 improvements

 

Side view of  the existing Admirals Park Bridge

 

Pedestrian view of existing Admirals Park Footbridge 

Phase 2 - Existing Admirals Park Bridge due for replacement 

 

About the scheme

One of the most popular cycle routes in Chelmsford is benefitting from investment designed to improve sustainable transport in Chelmsford.

The existing National Cycle Networks 1 (NCN1) runs through Writtle towards Admirals Park and currently provides an off-carriageway connection on the west side of the city centre.  

Improvements have been made to increase the standard of the cycle route to encourage greater use of the network.  Works were completed in March 2019 as part of phase one of our project to resurface defective sections of cycling facilities and correction of localised flooding issues.  Other works included resurfacing and improving drainage facilities along Fox Burrows Lane.

Phase two will involve the replacement of Admirals Park Bridge with a wider structure to improve journeys for both pedestrians and cyclists. This will be shared use facility.

These works are part of a £15 million Chelmsford City Growth Package of improvements designed to alleviate pressure on Chelmsford’s road network.


The works

During summer 2020 Admirals Park Bridge, a narrow steel footbridge will be replaced with a four metre wide structure which is being designed and built off site.   Some necessary vegetation clearance has already been carried out in advance of the works and prior to nesting season.

These works are due to start Monday 1 June 2020 and are estimated to take around three months to complete.  

Works will be carried out during the daytime between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

During the majority of the works, pedestrian and dismounted cyclist access will be maintained via a temporary footpath and bridge sited northwest of the existing structure.   Please be aware however that it may be necessary to close the temporary bridge and footpath for short periods to protect the public and the workforce while essential plant movements and the installation of the bridge take place.   

 Approximate location of temporary footpath and bridge during the replacement of the existing bridge

 

As the new bridge is being fabricated off site, it will be transported to Admirals Park in one piece via A1016 Rainsford Lane and lifted into it final location. Some temporary off peak traffic management will be required to provide safe access from the road to Admirals Park.

Following completion of the new bridge installation works, the temporary footpath and temporary bridge will be removed and grounds reinstated.  

We are sorry for any short term inconvenience caused by our works. 

Please note that these activities will be carried out in accordance within the government Coronavirus Covid-19 guidelines.  The work programme may need to be adjusted accommodate any changes in advice, or if the scheme is affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise.

Further information

This webpage will continue to be updated as the scheme progresses.