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Why is Chelmsford's new station at Beaulieu not on track?

December 21, 2018 4:11 PM

mike mackrory

Lib Dem Councillor Mike Mackrory (Springfield) has asked the Essex CC Cabinet Member for Infrastructure for an update on the proposed station at Beaulieu Park.

Mike stated that residents who purchased their homes two years ago, on the understanding that the station was coming soon, are concerned about the lack of progress and wanted some answers.

Reply from the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

The rail network will be improved by Beaulieu Park station, and this is essential for the whole of Chelmsford, not just the housing development.

We are working with Network Rail, Countryside, Greater Anglia and Chelmsford City Council in a collaborative way with all parties determined to advance a strong business case for this project.

We have the support of all County and City members in the area and with MPs on the Greater Anglia Taskforce led by the Rt. Hon Priti Patel and the local MP, Vicky Ford. We have embarked upon a Governance for Railway Investment Projects programme to finalise the design option. This will see three platforms built around an interchange which will accommodate first class access for people arriving on foot, by bike, by bus and by car.

The next milestone for the project is a costed preferred option which will be produced by March 2020. Following this there are some statutory planning phases to go through before work commences in 2023.'