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Plans underway to demolish Chelmsford's Army and Navy flyover

Contractors are being appointed to demolish the flyover. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to demolition of the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford have moved a step closer.

The road was closed for good after engineers found it was unsafe.

Now, Essex County Council is now looking for a specialist contractor to take it down.

The flyover in Chelmsford is closed to traffic. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An engineering report revealed the flyover had new defects within its concrete foundations.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: "The flyover cannot remain in its current condition, even with no traffic using it, so we will remove it as soon as is practicable.

"We have now started the process to appoint a specialist contractor to take the structure down and are also working to finalise the funding required.

"In the meantime, work is continuing at pace to develop options for much-needed improvements to the junction.

"We are working hard to find a long-term solution for this critical part of Chelmsford, but we also need to ensure we get it right."

Improvements will be made to the junction once the flyover is removed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cllr Bentley added: "Any improvements must be effective in not only improving the junction, but also encouraging more sustainable travel and avoiding putting additional pressure on other roads in the city centre.

"I continue to work with the local MP, city and parish councillors, and local residents to ensure everyone is kept informed and their views are heard."