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Chelmsford Lib Dems lead battle on city congestion

March 10, 2015 5:59 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

Proposals to tackle congestion in Chelmsford have been put forward by local Liberal Democrat Councillors. Congestion threatens to choke Chelmsford over the next few years, as the Conservative plan for 15,000 houses comes into effect.

Countryside Properties have warned residents of North Springfield / Beaulieu Park that traffic will get much worse before it gets better e.g. in White Hart Lane. Stephen Robinson extracted this admission from them back in 2010 and they recently suggested that 'six years of misery' could be expected.

The call for action came at the recent meeting of Chelmsford City Council. Lib Dem Councillors Ian Fuller (Springfield North), Graham Pooley (Broomfield & The Walthams), Chris Rycroft, Andrew Sosin (Great Baddow East) and others spoke out. They called for things like: another Park & Ride; more reliable buses; CCTV to be used to monitor congestion; mobile technology to inform car drivers about spare car park spaces; secure cycle parking in the city centre; pressing ahead with the new railway station.

Stephen Robinson (Patching Hall) accused the Conservatives of being "dangerously complacent" about the impact of their housing plans. They sang the praises of Chelmsford as it is now, but Cllrs Robinson and Fuller warned that it will get worse soon.

The Chelmsford Weekly News reported the story here.