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Chelmsford North East Bypass

Latest News - 26 August 2020: virtual exhibition closed

The Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station virtual village hall exhibition has now closed. During the six weeks it was open, over 2000 people visited the virtual village hall in order to find out more about the scheme.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “Over the last six weeks people of all ages and local areas have visited the virtual village hall, to find out more about these critical new infrastructure improvements. 

“The exhibition has successfully replaced more traditional village hall events during the Covid-19 situation and proved an excellent way for people to find out about the proposals and also give us their views and opinions.”

You can still find out more about the scheme by visiting our event brochure

For any enquiries on the scheme, please email

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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.

The 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 transport.

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. 

Chelmsford station, 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.

Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station brochure - Audio read-through (narrated by Chelmsford Talking Newspaper) - 12MB


Newsletter - April 2020 (143.22 KB)PDF22/04/2020
Newsletter - June 2020 (316.63 KB)PDF17/06/2020
Chelmsford North East Bypass Local Plan 2018- Safeguarded Corridor (2.07 MB)PDF31/01/2018
Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station information brochure July 2020 (12.95 MB)PDF16/07/2020
CNEB FAQ September 2020 (235.16 KB)PDF12/09/2020