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Army and Navy Taskforce, Chelmsford

Update - 01 March 2019: Army and Navy community workshops

In March 2019, we are holding workshop discussions with representatives of community groups and business to begin exploring the future of the Army and Navy Junction, Chelmsford.


What are the workshops for?

We need to find the right solution for the Army and Navy junction, which offers long-term benefits and accommodates housing and economic growth of Chelmsford and the surrounding area. These workshops are the start of the process of seeking feedback from local people and interested parties to help shape the right long-term solution for the city.

The information that we gather at this stage will be crucial in helping us to begin to plan for a major scheme to help resolve the issues with the existing junction.

We will not be presenting plans or designs at these meetings. The progression of options, or designs will be part of a public consultation to be held later.

Why are these workshops not open to everyone?

The project is still at a very early pre-design stage. These workshops are designed to be small in size, not large-scale public consultation events. We want to encourage information sharing and discussion between a broad range of people who use the junction. Invitations have already been sent to representatives of the local community and interested parties.

We know that this will disappoint some residents who would like to be involved, but these meetings are limited in size to make sure that a broad range of groups can be represented. We have asked representatives from a range of community groups, including residents’ groups, parish councils and local businesses to attend. 

We want to hear from a cross-section of people and groups to make sure we capture the different experiences of using the junction.  Smaller workshop-style events have been chosen to help all involved get the most out of the sessions.

Further public consultation and information events will be held at a later date, at a time when we are be able to present members of the public with options or proposals to discuss.  

What will be discussed?

These workshop meetings are intended to provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues and challenges we need to overcome in providing a long-term solution for the Army and Navy junction and for Chelmsford, and to explore potential opportunities to improve the way the junction works in the future.

We will not be presenting specific proposals or plans, but as this is still a very early stage in the programme, we will be discussing ideas for potential solutions.

How can you have a say?

If you have not been invited to one of the workshops but wish to have your say on the Army and Navy roundabout, you will be able to do so at a later stage of the programme. These early workshop discussions are only the beginning of a programme which will include further public information events. Any proposals for a solution to the Army and Navy junction and flyover will be subject to formal public consultation.

We will also be talking to local councillors, and parish councils following the workshops. Should you have any concerns or points which you would like to raise regarding the junction at this stage, please do let your local councillor know.

We will be issuing regular updates on the scheme, and meetings of the Army and Navy Taskforce as progress is made.

About the junction

The Army and Navy Flyover in Chelmsford carries one-way traffic (cars only) from the A1060/A1114 over the Army and Navy roundabout.  The direction of travel changes at different times of the day in a bid to support traffic flows, however the flyover is routinely closed overnight in both directions, seven days a week.

The flyover is located at the Army and Navy Junction in Chelmsford, one of the key entry points in to Chelmsford. It is a five-arm roundabout with a flyover and is heavily congested during peak times.


The flyover has been the subject of a number of closures during summer 2018 which required further investigating. These investigations have now been concluded. The flyover is open and is safe to use.

The flyover structure will be subject to an enhanced monitoring regime to ensure that it remains open for use.

The development of future options for the whole junction, either in replacing the existing flyover with a permanent structure or seeking an alternative solution will now proceed as a priority. The design, planning and development of any scheme is likely to take a number of years and will require further funding to be secured.


A Taskforce consisting of a panel of elected members from the City, including the Parish Council, and Vicky Ford MP, and will have oversight and ownership of the development of the business case.

They will be supported in their work by officers from both the County and City Councils.


For information regarding any planned maintenance please visit the A1060/A1114 Army and Navy Flyover, Chelmsford page. 

Next steps

Details of Taskforce meetings will be reported regularly and will be shared with members of the public to ensure that everyone who is interested is kept informed.

Residents, businesses, and organisations will also be given the chance to have their say about the future of the flyover and junction as proposals are developed.

The scheme to look at long-term improvements to the Army and Navy flyover and junction is just one of the projects looking to deliver improvements across all types of transport in Chelmsford. A package of smaller scale, short-term improvements will help to alleviate the current issues felt on the road network and help the city to keep moving forward.

They are detailed at the links below:



The vision for Chelmsford to 2036

“For Chelmsford's transport system to become 'best in class' rivalling similar cities across the UK offering enhanced connectivity, and access to opportunities for residents, visitors and businesses to support the sustainable economic growth of the city.”


Below are our strategies


Bringing a zonal approach to achieving Chelmsford’s transport objectives.

  • Outer – Park & ride, rail, the strategic road network
  • Mid – Buses & cycling
  • Inner – Walking, public realm


Other local strategies