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Task force to find 'long-term solution' for Chelmsford's damaged Army and Navy flyover

The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A special task force is being set up to find a "long-term solution" for problems at the notorious Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford.

The 40-year-old flyover was closed for safety reasons last week after one of its supporting pillars was damaged.

The task force will be considering the flyover, roundabout and immediate road network. It will look at the potential options for the junction itself and the alternative sources of funding which relate to them.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader, Vicky Ford, MP for Chelmsford, and Cllr Dick Madden have met in Westminster to discuss the plan.

“It is important to find a long term solution to the Army and Navy Flyover as well as address the immediate issues.

"This will be a large project. It is important to take time to get it right, consult expert engineers and consider all options.

"We have asked the engineers to prepare a draft timetable for the project and the task force will help bring together all those organisations who will be needed to make sure the project is delivered.”

– Vicky Ford, Chelmsford MP
The closure of the flyover has caused traffic problems. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Since the flyover's closure last week, engineers have been commissioned to conduct a full inspection of the structure.

This will allow the identification of any immediate work which is required and solutions to enable safe reopening.

Detailed inspections are carried out on a six-year cycle according to national guidance and this latest inspection has been bought forward three years following the closure of the flyover.

The task force will include representatives from Chelmsford City Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

“People want to know what is going to happen to the flyover. That is perfectly reasonable, so we will be collaborating with Vicky Ford MP and Chelmsford City Council and utilising all of the engineering and financial expertise at our disposal to scope out the options and understand all the pros and cons relating to them.

"The task force we have agreed to form is the right approach and will help us address all the highways, planning and financial questions we need to answer.”

– Cllr Kevin Bentley