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Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford will be permanently closed

Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford Photo: ITV Anglia
  • Deputy Leader of Essex County Council Kevin Bentley told ITV News Anglia they have been working on long term and medium term solutions.

A detailed engineering report on the Army and Navy flyover has recommended that the structure should never reopen to traffic.

The report says monitoring of the structure, which initially focused on temperature related movement, has been widened and revealed new defects within the flyover’s concrete foundations.

The report concludes that the flyover is not safe enough to be open to the public. Councillor Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said:

“I will not place any Essex resident in danger. A short-term fix of the movement caused by the very hot weather will not enable safe use of the flyover. The central recommendation of the report I received today is that the Army and Navy flyover should not be repaired and re-opened and I will abide by that recommendation. “This is an emergency situation and I would ask for patience and understanding during this challenging time. Many people are taking committed action to improve this junction as soon as possible. “My focus, and the focus of the Army and Navy Taskforce, is to now decide along with Vicky Ford MP, Chelmsford City Council, and local parish and residents, on a solution to the Army and Navy junction and to secure funding to deliver that solution as quickly as possible. “The flyover cannot be left in its current condition, even with no traffic using it, as it is still experiencing movement. Therefore I will now be looking urgently at the next steps to remove the flyover. “At the same time, we are continuing to urgently progress plans for a new junction at this critical part of Chelmsford and will work with the public to conclude this work. “Until then I repeat my advice to plan ahead and switch to alternative methods of transport like buses, bikes or simply walking to get to school or work. “We know that the whole of Chelmsford feels the effects when there are problems at the Army and Navy flyover, but we cannot put the safety of people at risk by allowing them to use the structure.”

– Cllr Kevin Bentley, Conservative

The council say measures have already been implemented to keep traffic moving at the junction through the city.

A steering group including County, City and Parish councillors, local residents’ representatives and Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford, will meet next week to discuss the future of the junction.