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Army & Navy flyover in Chelmsford - decision soon

September 11, 2019 1:27 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

Chelmsford Army and Navy flyover showing chunks missing from the concrete

An engineer's report on the structure of Chelmsford's Army and Navy flyover is expected within the next two weeks, but in the meantime the flyover will remain closed, Essex County Council has announced. The Council is urging drivers to plan ahead or switch to different forms of transport to get into and out of Chelmsford, as the Army and Navy flyover is set to remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Last week Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, went to Whitehall to discuss bids for funding to improve the Army and Navy junction.

Essex County Council's Traffic Control Centre, based in County Hall, is constantly monitoring traffic at the Army and Navy junction.
A spokesperson for the Traffic Control Centre said: "All approaches to the Army and Navy junction were slow-moving during rush hour periods but no different to normal traffic volumes during term time. This suggests drivers are heeding advice to find alternative routes to travel to and from the city."

Measures already implemented to keep traffic moving at the Army and Navy junction and all approaches to Chelmsford during peak traffic times include:
  • Optimising the part-time signals at the Army and Navy roundabout
  • Opening the Parkway slip lane at the New London Road/Parkway junction and the operation of the signals at this location working independently on each side of Parkway
  • Non-urgent roadworks on the main corridors into the city centre have now been prevented from taking place
  • The bus service frequency to the Sandon Park and Ride has now been increased
  • Essex County Council is continually refining signal timings in response to traffic congestion issues in the city
  • Taxis and motorcycles are now prevented from extending the green light from a bus priority signal on Essex Yeomanry Way heading toward the Army and Navy roundabout.
A steering group including councillors, residents' representatives and the MP, has met to discuss the future of the Army and Navy flyover in response to the recent closure and how the impact on journey times can be reduced.
The group are urgently seeking a long-term solution to the Army and Navy but in the immediate term they have discussed a range of options which the travelling public are able to consider, including:
  • Taking advantage of capacity at Sandon Park and Ride - at the morning peak period, there are still around 450 spaces available for car users at Sandon. The cost is just £3.60 daily or £18 weekly and under 16's travel for just £1 daily.
  • Changing or staggering journey times to avoid the morning and evening peak
  • Taking advantage of cycling options or walking
  • Utilising Chelmsford's local bus network with an adult daily ticket of £4.90 available enabling travel anywhere in the City.
Cllr Kevin Bentley said: "This is an emergency situation and many people are taking committed action to improve this junction as soon as possible.

"The moment we have any further information about the flyover, I will be sharing it. I've recently spoken to the media extensively and I'm determined to keep everyone informed of updates to the situation at the Army and Navy junction.

"Until then I repeat my advice to plan ahead and switch to alternatives like buses, bikes or simply walking to get to school or work."

"We know that the whole of Chelmsford feels the effects when there are problems at the Army and Navy flyover, but we cannot put the safety of people at risk by allowing the structure to stay open while we learn more about our options."