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Essex CC acts on Chelmsford's Army & Navy flyover - 11 months late

September 17, 2018 5:09 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

Army & Navy flyover support column with rust

Essex County Council has finally agreed to a full review of the notorious Army & Navy roundabout. Last week, in a dramatic about face, they closed the flyover indefinitely, after Chelmsford Liberal Democrats published a video showing that the structure was more damaged than the Council had admitted. One of the support columns appears to have moved, since the flyover was closed in August. Local campaigner Marie Goldman interviews Cllr. Mark Springett in the video here.

In October 2017, the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council called for the Army & Navy junction to be added to the list of strategic road projects in Essex that need action, but this was rejected by the Conservative majority on the council. See the meeting minutes, extracted by Moulsham Lodge Lib Dem Mark Springett.

Today (17 September) Essex CC announced a task force to look into the whole roundabout and flyover situation. See the story on Essex Live.

The problems with the flyover come hot on the heels of the other controversial proposal from Essex County Council at this location - to stop cars coming out of Baddow Road onto the roundabout at peak times - a scheme known as "Baddow Busgate". This has been vigorously opposed by local residents (who formed an action group) and the Liberal Democrats.

Commented the Leader of Chelmsford Liberal Democrats, Cllr. Stephen Robinson, "Essex County Council has acted, at last, to look into the serious concerns about the Army & Navy flyover. Having closed the flyover, is is vital that the Council look into how to manage the traffic chaos that this closure is causing. Let's hope that the taskforce includes local residents who have been so instrumental in highlighting safety concerns with the existing structure."