Both junction options include significantly improved walking and cycling facilities at ground-level at the junction, replacing the current subway and creating attractive, safe and accessible routes. This includes fully segregated cycle lanes and direct crossings, in line with the Department for Transport’s latest guidance. Optimised signal timings would also help ensure that pedestrians and cyclists can travel across the junction safely and quickly.
In addition, wider improvements are proposed on the approaches to the junction on Baddow Road, Van Diemans Road and Essex Yeomanry Way, as well as connections to the existing Chelmer Road to Chelmer Village and Parkway/River Chelmer routes. The details of many of these connections and routes are still being investigated, however they will include a proposed two-way segregated cycleway on the eastern side of Van Diemans Road, between the existing toucan crossing on Princes Road and the Army and Navy junction.
Potential new cycle corridors from Sandon Park and Ride and a proposed new Widford Park and Ride are also being considered to enable a potential Park and Choose service, where people can choose to complete their journey by bus, walking or cycling. Again, routes are still being investigated and no decisions have been made.
Investing in all of these facilities will create a more coherent network for pedestrians and cyclists, helping encourage more people to walk and cycle into the city centre and reducing car journeys, which has significant economic, social, health and environmental benefits.