Delivering a greener, safer Chelmsford with emergency changes to road layouts

June 6, 2020 10:27 AM

Greeener safer transportSome roads in the centre of Chelmsford are to be made one-way, in order to make more space for cycling and walking, with changes rolling out from next Monday, 8th June.

Commented Lib Dem Leader Cllr. Stephen Robinson, "For over a year, the Lib Dem leaders of Chelmsford City Council have been pressing ahead with plans for a greener, safer and better-connected city. This crisis gives us a unique chance to support changes to travel habits on a permanent basis.

"These changes will help keep our residents safe and give them the confidence to come into our superb city centre and see it continue to thrive."

New lanes for cycling and walking are to be introduced to Chelmsford City Centre, to ensure those areas of the city centre with some of the highest footfall are safe and healthy places to move through, following the easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-opening of shops and businesses.

The project has been drawn up as a direct result of the COVID 19 pandemic to allow people to travel safely by walking and cycling over short distances.

A series of interim traffic measures which will create more shared space for walking and cycling will be introduced in the city centre starting from Monday 8th June. 20mph limits, temporary barriers and signs providing shared spaces will be introduced on Duke St, Victoria Rd, New St and Market Rd.

The project is funded by part of the initial £1.9m Emergency Active Travel Fund for Essex recently announced by the Government for such schemes.

The Chelmsford scheme, like others planned across Essex, is driven by immediate public health requirements such as social distancing, but in encouraging walking and cycling it will enable healthier and greener ways of getting around.

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