Work progresses to improve Chelmsford rail station

Friday, 7 September 2018

Passengers at Chelmsford rail station are set to experience better access and facilities, thanks to work being carried out through a partnership between Greater Anglia, Chelmsford City Council, Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership

As Greater Anglia works to complete the installation of a new retail unit in the waiting room on platform 2, which will mean passengers can purchase hot drinks, snacks and refreshments, work is also nearing completion on the ‘Mill Square’ project to improve access to the station.

Over the summer, a large earth bank has been removed for the construction of a new footpath and cycle way that will link the station with the new Marconi quarter and Anglia Ruskin University, and a new bridge built.

The new bridge will allow access to relocated station car parking on the upper level of Mill Yard, with car parking removed from the lower concourse.

The project will also see:

  • safer pedestrian crossing points to the station entrances
  • improved footpath lighting to make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists
  • an enhanced taxi rank
  • a new passenger drop-off lane on the north side of the station
  • reduced through-traffic
  • removal of car parking and casual motorbike parking in the station and a review of long term motorbike parking locations
  • earth banks replanted with trees

The circa £4.0m project is led by Chelmsford City Council, in partnership with Greater Anglia, Essex County Council and Bellway Homes, and with funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project is due be completed by the end of the year.

Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, Simone Bailey, said, “This upgrade will result in a safer, smarter and more pleasant station environment for our customers.

“Greater Anglia is committed to upgrades at stations across the network to make our customers’ lives a little easier.”

Councillor Roy Whitehead, Leader of Chelmsford City Council, said, “I am delighted that the further improvements to the Station at Mill Square are progressing well. As the busiest two platform station in the country, serving 8.5 million trips per year, the project will provide major improvements to station access and provide enhanced linkages with key City Centre locations, including the Marconi Evolution development and University.”