Essex Tories have been forced into action to sort out the structure of the Army & Navy flyover for safety reasons. The whole junction needs a thorough review. Recently, in a dramatic about-face, they closed the flyover indefinitely, but only after Chelmsford Liberal Democrats published a video showing that the structure was more damaged than the Council had admitted. One of the support columns appears to have moved since the flyover was closed in August.
In October 2017, the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council called for the Army & Navy junction to be added to the list of strategic road projects in Essex that need funding, but this was voted down by the Conservative majority on the council. On 17th September, Essex CC announced a task force to look into the whole roundabout and flyover situation. In the meantime, traffic jams are causing misery every day throughout Chelmsford, but especially in Moulsham Lodge where traffic queues back along Gloucester & Longstomps Avenues, bringing with it a risk of increased pollution levels. Heath Drive has also been affected with rat run traffic, with commuters trying to avoid the Army & Navy.
Local Lib Dem campaigners, David Jones & Cllr Mark Springett received strong support from local residents during a recent campaign at Moulsham Lodge shops. We ran a street table to highlight our campaigns for “Don’t Choke Chelmsford” and our opposition to Baddow Bus Gate. These two campaigns are especially important considering the new nearby Waterside development and the construction of a new Aldi store right next to the Army & Navy roundabout which are set to worsen existing traffic congestion.
Essex County Cllr Mike Mackrory, City Councillor Mark Springett, Lib Dem campaigner Dr David Jones & County Cllr Jude Deakin
Just a few photos showing the extensive corrosion on the flyover structure.