Gridlock in Four Years

March 10, 2017 5:55 PM

Traffic Rainsford Road

Liberal Democrat Essex County Council leader Mike Mackrory contacted the Essex Chronicle in response to an article about Chelmsford traffic. You can read it below;

Dear Sirs,

Gridlock in four years

Your front page and extensive report of the traffic congestion facing Chelmsford (Essex Chronicle 2nd March) highlighted many of the concerns I and my colleagues at both Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council have been raising for several years. The huge increase in housing developments both in the centre and on the outskirts without the necessary transport infrastructure was always going to cause even more congestion on our crowded roads.

We were told over two years ago that the road network was already at 96% capacity so since then it must have become worse. At the Highways Conference I said that local councillors have known what is needed for some time and we as Liberal Democrats have been arguing for several years for the following:

Another Park and Ride at Widford in the short term and another to the west in the longer term
More reliable buses with reasonable fares
A joined up cycle network with more secure bike racks in the centre
Improvements at the Army & Navy
The north east by-pass to relieve the Colchester Road and White Hart Lane
Safer and well lit pedestrian routes into the centre

We have known about the £15m from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership for well over a year now so why don't Essex Highways just make a start and get on with it!

Liberal Democrat Cllr Mike Mackrory
Leader of the Opposition
Essex County Council