New pictures show how Chelmsford’s Army and Navy junction could look

Images have been released of how Chelmsford’s vital army and navy junction will look once remodelling work has been completed They come amid three separate planning applications – one for the Army and Navy junction and one each for the Park and Ride expansions at Sandon and Chelmer Valley – are submitted by Essex Highways.

As part of the planning process, people will have 21 days to comment on the applications, with decisions on the applications anticipated in the Spring. The plans come after a hamburger roundabout design was formally approved by Essex County Council as a preferred option.

Essex County Council is proposing a 500-space expansion of the existing Chelmer Valley Park and Ride site bringing the total to 1,500 spaces

Traffic will be able to travel straight through the centre of the junction between Essex Yeomanry Way and Parkway. Other journeys will be made using the roundabout, with traffic signals used to manage traffic.

The roundabout will predominantly have three lanes around the circulatory, while there will be two lanes in each direction on the road through the middle of the central island between Parkway and Essex Yeomanry Way. A signalled left-turn slip road will be created between Chelmer Road and Essex Yeomanry Way.

Essex County Council says the proposed design will “significantly” improve walking and cycling facilities at ground level at the junction, replacing the current subway and creating attractive, safe and accessible routes.

Fully segregated cycle lanes and direct crossings are proposed, and new bus lanes and bus priority measures will be added in both directions on Parkway and the bus lane will be extended on Essex Yeomanry Way.

The council says average journey times for cyclists will be 44 per cent quicker, bus journey times will be about 40 per cent faster on average, journeys will be 53 per cent quicker on average for motorised vehicles and walking through the junction at ground level will be about 11 per cent quicker on average.

Based on the current programme, which assumes the necessary land can be obtained through negotiations with the owners, the council is aiming to submit a final business case to the Department for Transport in autumn 2024, with construction of the package scheduled to start in spring 2025 and be completed in early 2028. The sequencing of the construction of the different elements of the package is yet to be agreed.

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter