Thursday October 31, 2019
This week I was pleased to welcome backing from the Government to identify a replacement for the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford. It’s no secret that congestion in the city is a major issue, with only 4% capacity left on its roads at peak times, we’re facing a transport emergency right in the heart of our county.
Recent comments made in the House of Commons by Transport Minister, George Freeman MP, and his commitment to working with the county council on a solution, only add further weight to how vital it is we find the right one and I am delighted he agrees.
This junction is a crucial gateway to the city and we need to provide a long-term, sustainable answer that is an asset to the people living and working here, as quickly as possible.
I hope that following the Minister’s agreement, the Department for Transport will now support us in identifying and securing the funding needed to take the project forward. We are already taking steps to reduce the length of the project and will continue to explore all opportunities to bring forward elements of the final solution sooner.
In the meantime, I will continue to work closely with the local MP, county members, city and parish councillors, and local residents, including Great Baddow East Neighbourhood Association, to move things forward.