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Essex County Council has submitted three bids to Government for infrastructure funding to help support housing growth across the county. The council is also supporting Hertfordshire County Council’s Harlow and Gilston Garden Town bid.
Essex’s bids total more than £500 million and cover vital transport infrastructure improvements across the county. You can find out more by viewing our bid summaries below or select the images to open the full document. There is also an overarching document which provides a brief overview.
The new Beaulieu railway station will provide access to the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML). Trains can pass each other at the new station to make the whole line more reliable. It will relieve crowding at Chelmsford railway station and act as a transport interchange to encourage sustainable travel by bus, cycle, electric vehicles and on foot.
The Chelmsford North East Bypass will run between the A12 and A131, and will complement Highways England’s A12 Junction 19 to 25 improvements. It will relieve congested traffic on the local roads and provide a strategic link between Chelmsford, Braintree, London Stansted Airport and the wider east and southeast of England, including South Essex and the Lower Thames Crossing.
The bypass will enhance access to and increase the catchment area of the station - it is therefore vital that these pieces of infrastructure are delivered at the same time.
This infrastructure will maximise the housing and economic opportunity in the area and sustain the continued delivery of hundreds of homes each year. In total the completion of over 10,000 new homes relies on Beaulieu Station and Chelmsford North East bypass opening.
A rapid transit system will prioritise public transport on key routes in Colchester. It will enable housing growth and deliver transformational modal shift, allowing new and existing residents to benefit from frequent, high-quality, reliable transport connecting to the places they want to go. An example is the Belfast Rapid Transit Glider, pictured on the back page.
The system will service the new Park and Ride and help to better connect the planned Garden Community on the borders of Colchester and Tendring with the rest of the town.
Linking the A120 and A133 with a new road will unlock land to provide housing and will improve connectivity locally and within the wider region. It will also serve new park and ride sites and relieve traffic going to the University of Essex and its Knowledge Gateway technology and research park. Both are major employers and key contributors to the UK economy.
The provision of the link road and rapid transit system is essential to meet local housing need. It will unlock the development of up to 7,500 homes and improve connectivity locally and within the wider East of England, future-proofing the capacity of both the A133 and A120.
Enhancing the infrastructure in West Essex will help to enable significant housing growth in the London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor and allow the region to capitalise on Harlow’s designation as an Enterprise Zone and Garden Town.
The proposals will provide a high-quality bus, walking and cycling link from the Eastwick junction in Hertfordshire to Harlow town centre via the railway station, while also providing a second crossing of the River Stort. It therefore includes:
The proposed schemes will remove constraints to development, bringing forward the delivery of homes. The schemes will also facilitate the delivery of new jobs and provide much needed infrastructure for the Garden Town that enables access to and from the new developments.
Business Case - Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community - PDF(4.6MB)
Business Case - Beaulieu Station and North East Bypass: Chelmsford - PDF(1.7MB)
Overarching Vision - PDF(1.9MB)
A120 - A133 Vision - PDF(1.0MB)
Chelmsford Vision - PDF(1.1MB)
Harlow Vision - PDF(0.7MB)
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