Essex Highways, Safer, Greener, Healthier
× Next steps for safer, greener, healthier travel in Chelmsford: listening to residents
28/07/2021
Safer, Greener, Healthier

Essex County Council (ECC) recently asked recently for residents’ thoughts on a series of active travel proposals for Brentwood, Braintree, Colchester, Chelmsford and Wickford.  The proposals focused on making it safer, greener and healthier to walk and cycle as well as reduce congestion and air pollution across the county.

Consultation responses from around the county are still being analysed, but ECC is now able to publish the draft results on the proposals for Chelmsford.  These were shared today (28th July) with the Chelmsford Active Travel Steering Group and Members of Chelmsford City Council.

A number of the broader active travel objectives were positively received, but early indications from the 1,152 responses submitted (including emails and letters) show that the Moulsham ‘quartering’ proposals do not have widespread support.

ECC staff and Essex Highways engineers will now work closely with interested parties on developing revised recommendations to improve walking and cycling.  The Steering Group will also be considering what further engagement with residents could take place before the statutory consultation (TRO) is launched in the autumn.

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Safer, Greener, Healthier Chelmsford

The proposals for Chelmsford could see the improvement of three routes, enabling residents to walk and cycle safely between key points in the city, together with better connections to the existing cycle network.

The first route looks to connect the railway station as a key destination, with Baddow as a key residential area. The second improves city centre connections, extending the existing well-established cycling provision. The third looks to create a Liveable Neighbourhood in the Springfield Allied Estate area including the introduction of a School Street zone on Trinity Road.

The Chelmsford Active Travel Steering Group has invited three new members to join us. These will be Councillor Marie Goldman, a representative from the StopOldMoulshamQuarters campaign group and a representative from the supporters group. We look forward to working together to deliver a Safer, Greener and Healthier Chelmsford.

Watch our recent online meeting.