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Army and Navy Taskforce, Chelmsford

Latest News - 16 October 2019: Specialist firms lodge interest in flyover removal

Companies have been coming forward in their numbers to express an interest in removing the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford.

Essex County Council announced last month that the flyover would stay closed after a detailed engineering report revealed new defects within its concrete foundations. 

It is now pressing ahead to have the structure removed as soon as possible and has invited interest from specialist contractors, while also continuing to work on a long-term solution to ease congestion and delays at the junction.

Crews will begin marking up the roundabout in the coming weeks ahead of the flyover removal and signage will also begin to be taken down.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “The Army and Navy is a crucial gateway to Chelmsford and, together with the support of the Army and Navy Taskforce, we are working incredibly hard on options for a long-term solution at the junction.

“In the meantime, we are looking to remove the flyover as soon as possible and I am delighted we have already had such a strong response from companies interested in carrying out the removal works.
“People will shortly see our crews out on the junction marking the roundabout and removing signage ahead of the structure coming down.

“I would once again like to thank people for their patience and support as we look to deliver a long-term solution that not only improves the junction, but also encourages more sustainable travel and avoids putting additional pressure on other roads in the city centre.”

To help manage congestion at the Army and Navy junction in the shorter term, various measures are being put in place and the community has been encouraged to play its part by avoiding peak periods or switching to other transport modes such as bikes, buses or walking, where possible.

More information about travel options in Essex, including car sharing, Park and Ride services, walking and cycle routes, and bus services, is available at:

For the latest news on the junction revisit this page or follow @EssexHighways or @Essex_Travel on Twitter.

About the junction

Prior to its closure, the Army and Navy Flyover in Chelmsford carried one-way traffic (cars only) from the A1060/A1114 over the Army and Navy roundabout.  The direction of travel changed at different times of the day in a bid to support traffic flows, however the flyover was 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 and is heavily congested during peak times.


The flyover was the subject of a number of closures during summer 2018 which required further investigating. Having been safely reopened, it was closed again in July 2019 after a technical fault was discovered during a routine daily inspection. On 16 September 2019, it was confirmed that the flyover would be closed permanently on safety grounds following the recommendation of a detailed engineering report, which revealed new defects within the concrete foundations.

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.

Long term solution progress

Engagement workshops

We have now finished our engagement workshops with Business, Transport and Community user group representatives and have received lots of good information to feedback to the design teams. The engagement activities generated over 100 different ideas for the junction going forward. Better performing proposals will be brought to a series of future public consultation events which will be open for all to attend.

There will be an engagement report on the output of the workshops which will be uploaded to the website. For an update of when this will happen please subscribe to our Newsletter at the link in the bottom right corner of your screen.

You can also find the slides used in a presentation by our project team at the workshops down in the documents section at the bottom of the page alongside the minutes of each Taskforce meeting.

Thank you to everyone who came and shared their thoughts and their knowledge.

Taskforce meetings

We have also had two recent meetings with our Taskforce panel of elected representatives.

The Taskforce has raised the Army and Navy scheme with the Secretary of State for Transport and a Department for Transport representative attended the fourth meeting. The department’s priorities for the scheme are:

  1. Safeguarding the productivity of Chelmsford
  2. Managing congestion at peak times
  3. Considering the structural condition of the flyover
  4. Incorporating the scheme into the wider transport vision for Chelmsford

Alongside these priorities, the DfT stressed the importance of sustainable transport infrastructure.
The taskforce also discussed their concerns over the increasing population of the city of Chelmsford and its impact on traffic congestion in the City centre. This gives the junction little resilience to cope with traffic incidents whilst also influencing the City’s productivity, air quality and environmental impact.

Next steps

Following on from the successful workshops in March, we will follow this with wider engagement later in 2019 which will allow everyone to have their say on progress so far on the scheme. This is an additional stage in advance of the formal consultation, as we recognise the importance of gathering local opinion at this early stage. This will be based primarily online with provision for those without access to the internet to be included. We will then be going to full options consultation in 2020 with options for the public to feedback on.

We will be updating the website with more information on this later in the year, if you would like to be kept informed please click the link in the bottom right of your screen and we will add you to the newsletter list.

Key facts on the flyover and roundabout

  • The Army and Navy junction is operating at 97% in the AM peak and 95% in the PM peak.
  • 72 buses an hour use the Army and Navy in the AM peak.
  • Each day, up to 60,000 vehicles use the junction and 10,000 of those vehicles use the flyover.
  • During the period from 2011 to 2018 there were a total of 80 collisions around the junction: 1 of which was fatal, 9 serious and 70 classed as slight.
  • Over 50% of journeys to work in Chelmsford are made by private vehicle but are less than 5km in length
  • If everyone in Chelmsford were to switch just two of their journeys to work (including to the train station) each week to sustainable modes, this would remove 165,000 trips from the network

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