New shared use bridge open to the public in Admirals Park

Progress Update
Photograph of bridge available for use to pedestrians and cyclists

Following the successful installation of the new bridge on 16 September, good progress has been made on site enabling the team to open the shared use facility to the public on 25 September 2020.

As an important route for cyclists in the city, this bridge was designed as a wider structure to accommodate both pedestrians and people who cycle.

Work will continue in the coming weeks to complete the project, removing the temporary bridge and haul roads.

We would like to thank residents and users of the park for their patience during our works.

Read more

Writtle to City Centre Cycling Improvements

Works location and photos

Before phase 1 improvements
After phase 1 improvements
Phase 2 - Existing Admirals Park Bridge due for replacement 
Phase 2 - Existing Admirals Park Bridge due for replacement 
Bridge open for use

About the scheme

One of the most popular cycle routes in Chelmsford benefited from investment designed to improve sustainable transport in Chelmsford.

The existing National Cycle Networks 1 (NCN1) runs through Writtle towards Admirals Park and previously provided an off-carriageway connection on the west side of the city centre.  

Improvements have been made to increase the standard of the cycle route to encourage greater use of the network. This included replacing the existing Admirals Park Bridge wif a £15 million Chelmsford City Growth Package of improvements designed to alleviate pressure on Chelmsford’s road network.th a wider structure to improve journeys for both pedestrians and cyclists. 

These works were part o

The works

Phase one of the works was completed in March 2019 and included resurfacing defective sections of cycling facilities and correction of localised flooding issues.  Other works included resurfacing and improving drainage facilities along Fox Burrows Lane.

Phase two of the works included the replacement of the existing narrow steel bridge with a new 4-metre-wide structure. The new prefabricated structure was lifted into place on 16 September 2020 and the new bridge was opened to the public on 25 September 2020 as a shared used pedestrian and cycle facility.

Following work focused on reinstating the grounds, removing the temporary bridge and haul roads that had been necessary during construction.


This scheme has been delivered as part of the Chelmsford City Growth Package.  For information about other schemes considered please visit Chelmsford City Growth Package.