Better Infrastructure

Our second railway station is now firmly on track with an agreed £218 million funding deal. This includes a new North East Bypass meaning fewer vehicles across Chelmsford.  A new Task Force has accelerated work on a long term solution for the Army & Navy, engineers are now preparing details. 

Chelmsford has outstanding schools, homes, shops and much going on. We need infrastructure that is just as good.

Chelmsford Commuters must get the real improvements we need. Chelmsford train users have suffered delays and overcrowding for many years. Thanks to the work of the Conservative MPs for Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich and the Great Eastern Main Line Task Force there are significant improvements on the way.

Chelmsford station is the busiest two platform station outside London. Our campaign for Delay Repay 15 was successful. This will make it easier for train users to hold the train operators to account for delays and cancellations. Its great to be able to share the news from the Chancellor in August 2019 that the funding package has been approved to complete the second station at Beaulieu Park and a North East Bypass connecting the A12 to the A131. 

£1.5 billion of new trains will be rolling out over 2019/20. years. This will significantly reduce the number of delays as old and obsolete trains and carriages regularly break down. They will also deliver a 40% increase in seats. There will be free high quality WiFi on all new and refurbished trains, and at every station.

Improvements are also needed for our roads. I set up the Army and Navy Task Force which brings together representatives of the Parish, City and County Councils to plan the long-term alternatives to the Army and Navy Flyover junction. Between £100 million and £250 million is to be invested in the improvements to the A12. This includes increasing to three lane capacity sections of the route between Chelmsford and Colchester – this will particularly assist areas between junction 19 (Chelmsford) and junction 25 (Marks Tey).

Potholes and damaged pavements are a significant issue in parts of Chelmsford. If you know of any area that is a particular concern, please do email me and I will raise it with Essex County Council. It would help if you can attach photographs. 

New homes must be accompanied by new infrastructure. The new school and Beaulieu Park is set to be Essex’s first Through School, improvements are planned at the hospital and a new GP surgery is on its way. In addition, Chelmsford City Council has established a “Community Infrastructure Levy” which is paid by developers of new housing. The funds are used towards a wide variety of infrastructure projects including additional sports facilities, the “Family Hub” advice service, security improvements, and facilities for local charities and youth clubs.

 

 

 

Summer 2019

Vicky Ford MP campaigns for Chelmsford's second railway station:

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/government-promises-to-look-very-carefully-at-218m-bid-for-second-chelmsford-station

Vicky Ford MP campaigns against confusing Bus Gate:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-47203091

Vicky Ford MP sets up Task Force to deliver solution for Army and Navy:

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2018-09-18/task-force-to-find-long-term-solution-for-chelmsfords-damaged-army-and-navy-flyover/

Vicky Ford MP arranges meeting for Rail Users to quiz train bosses:

https://www.essexlive.news/news/live-updates-greater-anglia-bosses-1628292

 

News

I want streets that work for blind and partially sighted people

Vicky Ford MP met Diesel and spent time with the charity Guide Dogs at the Conservative Party conference last week discussing the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face when walking the streets, including pavement parking, street clutter and shared spaces.   

Army and Navy taskforce - Update 2nd October 2019

"The closure of the flyover is making travel around the city extremely challenging and I know many people are facing very frustrating delays. However I am pleased that work to develop a long-term replacement solution has been accelerated.

Stop Press - Beaulieu Park Train Station latest news

It’s great to be able to share the truly excellent news that the Chancellor has now approved a £218m funding package to complete Chelmsford’s second railway station at Beaulieu Park and a North East Bypass connecting the A12 to the A131.  Once completed this will mean fewer vehicles travelling in

Chelmsford Rail Users Public Meeting

I receive a lot of questions from commuters about railway services. As a commuter myself I understand that the current service is often simply not good enough and that changes are needed.

Update on First Buses

I have written to First Buses with a number of questions and concerns about the revised bus timetables in Chelmsford. These are the responses.

 

Issue 1

Chelmsford Rail Summit called by Vicky Ford MP

Today in Parliament, Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford brought together a rail station summit between the Department for Transport, Greater Anglia, Network Rail, Chelmsford City Council and Essex County Council to examine the state of the proposals for a new North East Chelmsford / Beaulieu Park Train Sta

Vicky Ford fights to get Chelmsford’s commuters back on track

Official figures obtained by Chelmsford’s MP, Vicky Ford, have today revealed that over two thirds (65%) of recent delays on Chelmsford trains are caused by issues which fall under National Rail’s remit, including signalling issues, infrastructure faults and engineering works.