Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station
Chelmsford is one of the UK’s newest cities and plays a vital role in the heart of Essex providing homes, jobs, shopping, healthcare, education, leisure and recreational opportunities.
As a driver of the
regional economy, Chelmsford needs a transport network to match if it is to
properly facilitate future development and economic growth.
As a result, Essex County Council, in partnership with the City Council, and in collaboration with Network Rail, is behind a scheme to deliver a North East Bypass of Chelmsford and a new railway station at Beaulieu.
This transformational road and rail upgrade is being delivered with nearly £218m in funding from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund, plus £34m of other funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and developer Countryside Zest.
existing A130 between the Boreham Interchange and the A131 was originally built
in the 1980s. It needs to be fit for purpose, particularly as Chelmsford
continues to grow, catering for increased walking, cycling and public
The new 8km bypass, running between the A131 and the A12 at Boreham will help provide this, bypassing residential areas and relieving high levels of traffic congestion in Chelmsford.
meanwhile, is the busiest two platform station outside London with 8.5 million
passenger trips per year.
The new Beaulieu station,
at the southern end of the NE Chelmsford Garden Community, on the Great Eastern
Main Line (GEML) from London to Norwich, will relieve crowding at Chelmsford.
It will also act as a
transport interchange to encourage sustainable travel by bus, cycle, electric
vehicles and on foot.
Housing Infrastructure Fund
In March 2019, Essex County Council submitted a Housing Infrastructure Fund bid titled ‘Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Railway Station’ in relation to this project.
This set out how investment into the bypass and the railway station would enable the new development at Beaulieu to reach its full potential.
It also demonstrated how the new bypass will help relieve congestion on local roads.
In August 2019 it was announced that the Council had been successful in its bid, recieveing £218million to take forward the plans alongside £99million to take forward the A120-A133 Link Road and Rapid Transit System project.
You can find out more by viewing our bid summaries.