A131 Chelmsford to Braintree route improvements

January 30, 2018 10:11 AM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

roadworksWorks are starting this month on a £7.3 million investment to improve the A131 Braintree Road and the A130 Essex Regiment Way.

The scheme is designed to ease congestion by increasing capacity and to improve road safety.

Works are planned for January to extend the existing bus lane on Essex Regiment Way and for improvements at Deres Bridge Roundabout. Additionally, cutting back vegetation is also planned at Nabbotts and Sheepcotes Roundabouts to clear the ground for future improvement works.

Programmed dates are:

Essex Regiment Way Bus Lane Extension - Winter/Spring 2018

Deres Bridge Roundabout Improvements - Winter/Spring 2018

Chelmer Valley Road Bus Lane Extension - Spring 2018

Nabbotts Roundabout Improvements - Summer 2018

Sheepcotes Roundabout Improvements - Spring/Summer 2019

Commented Lib Dem Cllr Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North), "It's good to see these works going ahead on this congested route, but we need better public transport links as well. Investing in the successful 57 bus from Beaulieu has shown what can be done - and we need the new station too.

"I have asked about other works further south on Essex Regiment Way (near the Channels development) and have been told that this is being looked at, including a slip road from Essex Regiment Way onto White Hart Lane."

Traffic management will be used during the successive phases of work. Essex County Council will use temporary restrictions including overnight closures, and the details of those will be advertised on sign boards in the area in advance of works.

The latest scheme updates can be found at www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes, under 'A131 Chelmsford to Braintree Route Improvements'