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Department for Transport to help find solution for Chelmsford's Army and Navy flyover

The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford is shut because of a fault. Credit: ITV Anglia

Plans to improve a damaged flyover in Chelmsford have taken a step forward.

The Army and Navy was shut indefinitely after a fault was discovered with it during the heatwave last month (July 19).

Engineers said a plinth had moved during the high temperatures, and that it could cost millions to repair.

The Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford has been shut Credit: ITV Anglia

Cllr Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for infrastructure at Essex County Council, said they've asked the Government for help.

Now, the Department of Transport have stepped in and said they'll work with Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council to deliver a long-term solution.

David Allen, from Great Baddow Neighbourhood Association said: “We are glad that this is now a matter of urgency and hopefully we can all agree on a long-term solution.”

I am very pleased that the Secretary of State for Transport has told officials at a national level to urgently prioritise this project.

We must design, agree and build the best possible long-term solution – which is going to take time – but the news today means that that timetable can be accelerated.

– Vicky Ford, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford

The County Council says the Army and Navy taskforce will continue to meet over the summer to work on the short-term solutions for the flyover and how to mitigate traffic congestion and disruption while the flyover remains closed.

Over the next two weeks engineers will be on site doing more discovery work on whether it is safe to reopen the flyover and the public will be kept informed of these findings.