A planning application to rebuild a key roundabout in Essex is expected this year after the county council won £69 million in funding.

The outline business case for major rebuilding of the Army and Navy junction in Chelmsford has been supported by the Department for Transport.

The proposals for the £81m project include creating a ‘hamburger’ roundabout with a road directly through it along with bus priority measures as well as walking and cycling improvements. It also features a 350-space expansion of Sandon Park and Ride and a 500-space expansion of Chelmer Valley Park and Ride.

The funding is dependent on planning consent and other processes as well as a full business case.

Cllr Lesley Wagland, Essex County Council’s deputy leader with principal accountabilities on major infrastructure projects and freeports, said: “A huge amount of hard work has gone into getting to this stage and we are absolutely delighted to have now been conditionally awarded the funding needed to deliver this truly transformational project.

“The Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package will deliver enormous benefits; improving journey times, reducing delays and supporting economic growth in the area.

“The redesign of the Army and Navy junction, alongside bus, walking and cycling, and park and ride improvements, will ensure we provide a long-term and sustainable solution at this vital gateway.

“We also need to provide better options for people to travel, especially for shorter journeys where we want walking or cycling to be the natural choice. This project will do just that, helping encourage people to travel in and around the city in safer, greener, and healthier ways.

Subject to planning work is expected to start in Spring 2025 with completion in 2028.

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