If elected the following policy will inform and guide decisions and campaigns by Chelmsford Labour Party representatives.

Chelmsford is a growing city, but profit has been put above the infrastructure needed to support this growth. From the promised but never delivered second rail station to increased traffic around the City Centre, we need sustainable solutions.

Potholes

  1. The ongoing period of government austerity and it’s effect on councils have ruined our roads, and passed costs on to motorists.
    • Chelmsford has approximately 270 potholes as of April 2020. We will pledge to fix 200 of these if a Labour council is elected.

Buses

  1. For too long the bus service has been decimated and is increasingly unusable and inaccessible.
    • We will increase the frequency of buses used during peak time, for example by school children where some are waiting 45 minutes for the number 45.
    • We will explore the creation of a publicly owned carbon neutral bus network, using successful models such as Ipswich buses as an example. (more information in Greener in Chelmsford)
    • We will protect the older persons bus pass, concessionary passes and discounts.
    • We will protect the community transport scheme.
    • We will explore the creation of subsidised tickets to encourage use of service during off peak times.

Trains

  1. Britain’s crumbling rail network drastically needs investment, and with Chelmsford being one of the busiest rail terminus outside of London we need to see improvement from Greater Anglia on the services it provides.
    • We will lobby Greater Anglia to introduce extra services to reduce crowding at peak times.

Park and Rides

  1. A city thrives when it can have people working in it, reaching it and with a thriving business community. Our Park and Ride system desperately needs expanding.
    • We will encourage the building of a Park and Ride site at West Chelmsford, North East Chelmsford and South Chelmsford.

Cycle Paths

  1. Chelmsford’s cycle paths are disjointed, poorly lit and in many places unsafe. This discourages use of the cycle network, and makes it harder to get Chelmsford moving.
    • We will connect the disjointed cycle network throughout Chelmsford to make cycling a viable option for the good people of Chelmsford.
    • We will work with local businesses and Greater Anglia to expand the cycle parking available at Chelmsford Station.

Army and Navy Flyover Replacement

  1. The Army and Navy is a major arterial road, and the flyover has been a challenge for Chelmsford residents for many years. It has now been pulled down, what’s the future?
    • Chelmsford Labour Party support a full and proper consultation with the local community, commuters and city planning experts.
    • Regardless of the outcome the solution must be focused on the long term solution that fixes Chelmsford’s traffic needs.
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