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Writtle to City Centre Cycling Improvements

Progress Update - 03 July 2020: Temporary footway in use ready for Admirals Park Bridge lift

View of Admirals Park Bridge lift

The existing footbridge in Admirals Park was successfully lifted out on Thursday 2 July 2020. This allows the team to start works on reducing the height of the existing abutments, and the construction of the new abutments.

A temporary footbridge has been installed and is already in use by pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

Please note that the temporary footbridge has some social distancing pinch-points and we would advise users to stay left when using the bridge.

Works Location


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. This includes replacing the existing Admirals Park Bridge with a wider structure to improve journeys for both pedestrians and cyclists. 

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

Phase one of the works was completed in March 2019 and included resurfacing 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 of the works includes the replacement of the existing narrow steel bridge with a new 4 metre wide structure which has been designed and buils off-site.


What happens next?

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

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