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Act NOW on Army & Navy chaos, then deliver long-term solution for Chelmsford traffic

October 3, 2018 5:50 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

Chelmsford Army and Navy flyover showing chunks missing from the concrete

Essex County Council should take immediate action to address Chelmsford's traffic chaos, as well as preparing long-term solutions for the Army & Navy junction. That is the call from the city's Liberal Democrats, who played a key role in raising safety concerns along with other local campaigners.

Cllr. Mike Mackrory (Lib Dem Leader on Essex CC) met with the Head of Essex Highways last week to get answers to key questions. He said, "For the short-term, we want Essex CC to do three things to alleviate the congestion caused by the closure of the flyover:
(1) encourage Chelmsford-based staff of the council and other local businesses to use the Park & Ride services;
(2) encourage more buses to be laid on - especially from the Park & Ride sites, and
(3) consider whether adjustments to traffic lights could help.

"In the medium-term, the independent survey - requested by the Lib Dems - carried out on the structure of the flyover must be made publicly available as soon as possible. We have long had concerns about the flyover maintenance plans and want to be reassured that nothing was overlooked in the past.

"For the long-term, the Lib Dems believe that the whole Army & Navy junction should be looked at strategically, because of its impact across Chelmsford. All options for improvement should be considered. This should include (but not necessarily be limited to): a two-way flyover; a dedicated left-turn lane from Van Diemans Road onto Parkway; a dedicated left-turn lane from Chelmer Road onto Essex Yeomanry Way; another Park & Ride on the West side of the city; a cycle route from Great Baddow into the centre of Chelmsford; more and better bus services.
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Local campaigner Marie Goldman, who lives just round the corner from the flyover, added, "Like thousands of other residents, I've been affected by the traffic chaos on many local roads. This highlights the kind of problems we could see if Essex CC press ahead with their misguided Baddow Road "bus gate".