To: Essex County Council

No To Baddow Bus Gate

No To Baddow Bus Gate

Don't implement the Baddow Road Bus Gate.
Look for a more sustainable and long term solution such as a two lane flyover.
Do not cut the residents from Baddow Road off from Chelmsford and cause extra congestion through Meadgate, Baddow Village and Moulsham Lodge.
#NoToBaddowBusGate

Why is this important?

This petition has been reopened as following the delivery of 1500 plus signatures to Essex County Council on 27th August 2017 and again with in excess of 1800 signatures on the 25th January. Essex County Council announced in November that they DO intend to implement the bus gate scheme for an 18 month trial, this has now been reduced to 12 months. http://www.essexhighways.org/highway-schemes-and-developments/major-schemes/chelmsford-city-growth-package.aspx

We need to continue to collect as many signatures as possible from local people to show that this is NOT the right solution!

The proposed bus gate in Baddow road will prevent all vehicles except busses from travelling to the Army and Navy roundabout at peak times, effectively cutting off everyone who lives in or near Baddow Road from having access to the city centre without a long detour. The traffic that will no longer be allowed to travel down Baddow Road will be forced to go through Great Baddow village or Moulsham Lodge, thus increasing the volume of traffic near schools. The bypass is already too busy and has long queues at rush hour plus this will increase with the Manor Farm housing development. For anybody living within the area of Great Baddow between Beehive Lane and the Army & Navy, they will be blocked from entering town along the shortest and fastest route. Local residents will have to travel from the top of Baddow Road all the way back into Great Baddow to join the Baddow Bypass, to then return into Chelmsford area. In terms of pollution, this is forcing people to make much longer journeys. Not everybody is able to catch a bus nor do the busses suit travelling to many places of work as we are not all going into the city.

ECC have yet to announce that they will insist that bus companies operate electric or hybrid vehicles.
I have found the following document https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=25235 which on page 13 states that “HDV class vehicles were found to be contributing over 60% of traffic related NOx despite representing less than 7% of the total vehicle movements in the AQMA. Traffic counts for the roads that link with the Army and Navy Roundabout indicate that the majority of HDVs are public service vehicles (PSVs). In particular, in Baddow Road over 80% of HDVs are PSVs.” Put simply, the busses (PSV’s) are the main cause of pollution! Therefore, if the bus companies were to invest in newer, cleaner vehicles, this would improve air quality without any further need to restrict vehicles.
Having spoken to ECC representatives at two of the consultations, the council does not have any confirmation from the bus companies that more busses would be scheduled nor fares re-examined.
The air quality figures and their manipulation is also dubious, please see pages 4 & 5 https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=25235

A large percentage of traffic will have to take a long detour through the village and down the Baddow by pass, this will result in long queues on the slip road. Please take a look at the Design Stage 2 document http://www.essexhighways.org/uploads/ccgp/ccgp-baddow-road-bus-gate-design-stage-2-report-small.pdf which states that "When additional traffic is added to Essex Yeomanry Way (Baddow Bypass) with Baddow Road closed to general traffic north-west bound, VISSIM modelling suggests that the queue increases".

They then follow this with "but with no significant impact upon average delay because of the altered traffic flow patterns at the
roundabout allowing vehicles to access the roundabout more quickly."

So we will not only have to take a huge detour but also have the "pleasure" of sitting in a longer queue!

Many thanks for your support.

Maxine Jones

How it will be delivered

There are over 168,000 people who live in Chelmsford, many will be affected by the Baddow Bus Gate and the resulting congestion it will cause. Please sign and share the petition and tell Essex County Council we do NOT want a Baddow Bus Gate! If you opt in to receive petition emails, I will be able to continue to update you with the latest news on meetings and progress on the campaign.

Chelmsford, Essex

Reasons for signing

  • Beehive lane is already far to busy for the width of the road. I have witnesses multiple crashes on the beehive/lofting way junction. I DREAD to think what else will happen when this goes ahead. People will suffer and not just the residents!!!
  • The traffic situation is already a joke. Implementing more bus lanes is an outdated approach. The only way to fix the problem is to have a second flyover so stop wasting money on ridiculous ideas and do something meaningful that reduces congestion and has a positive effect on pollution.
  • I am a local resident and do not want to increase my journey time or my car dead mileage to and from work each day.

Updates

2018-04-16 23:05:10 +0100

Cllr Bentley along with Essex County Council have announced they will be hosting consultations where the public can come along and discuss their concerns.
The dates of these consultations are as follows:
Thursday, May 31 (2pm-8pm)
Tuesday, June 5 (3pm-9pm)
The venue is to be confirmed but will be in Great Baddow.
Entry to the consultations will be via free tickets which will be available in advance.

Details will be posted as soon as I find out the venue and how to access tickets.

Please put these dates in your diary as it is so important to attend these meetings to ensure you have the chance to voice your opinion on how the bus gate will affect you.

2018-03-11 21:32:18 +0000

Cllr Bentley has announced that Essex County Council are arranging several (possibly 3) days/evenings of consultations where the public can come along and discuss their concerns. Cllr Bentley will be at some of these but there will also be ECC representatives at the other times. I am really pleased with this solution as it means that you can attend safely and at your convenience. Times/date/venue to be confirmed.

Just to clarify, Cllr Bentley has stated that he will NOT be attending the April 18th Meeting. Those of you who have kindly sent correspondence, I will continue to compile and share with Essex County Council.

I will send out the consultation details as soon as I have them.

In the mean time, please continue to encourage friends, neigbours and anyone who will be affected by the bus gate to sign the petition as this is the best way for me to be able to get information out to all of you.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-to-baddow-bus-gate

2018-01-25 21:09:46 +0000

Tonight's meeting was postponed as the venue could not accommodate the hundreds of people who turned up. I did managed to deliver the petition to Cllr Bentley but not to fully express all your veiws! Please see video.https://www.facebook.com/NoToBaddowBusGate/posts/1830597536973906?notif_id=1516913522230550&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

2018-01-23 22:31:15 +0000

Cllr Bentley has finally replied to my letter sent on behalf of the petition signatories. It makes for very disappointing reading as clearly Cllr Bentley has no interest in the opinion of 2000 plus local residence! - Your constructive thoughts ready for Thursday's meeting are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/NoToBaddowBusGate/posts/1826963647337295

2018-01-11 10:32:41 +0000

According to MappAir100 by EarthSense on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42566393 Baddow Road is NOT a pollution hot spot. There is a low chance of nitrogen dioxide levels exceeding the annual legal limit.
So Essex County Council, what is your reason now for the Baddow Bus Gate? #NoToBaddowBusGate
Click on this link for more details https://www.facebook.com/NoToBaddowBusGate/photos/a.1814450891921904.1073741829.1775913382442322/1814448645255462/?type=3&theater

2018-01-09 09:02:45 +0000

Please note the correct address for the GBENA "Say No To Baddow Road Closure" meeting
Time: 7.30pm
Day/Date: Thursday January 25th
Venue: The Orchards, Mascalls Way, (next to Meadgate School) Chelmsford CM2 7NR.

2018-01-04 20:08:03 +0000

I have received confirmation from Cllr Bentley that he, along with Officers from Essex County Council, will be attending the GBENA "Say No To Baddow Road Closure" meeting.
Time: 7.30pm
Day/Date: Thursday January 25th
Venue: The Orchards Café (Meadgate Church Centre) 162A Meadgate Ave, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7LJ
This is your chance to let your views be known on this proposal, I urge you all to attend! Maxine Jones

2017-12-19 16:54:27 +0000

A letter has been sent to Cllr Kevin Bentley - please go to https://www.facebook.com/NoToBaddowBusGate/posts/1790615594305434
to read.

Please do take time to send Cllr Bentley an email to express exactly how this affects you personally his email is cllr.kevin.bentley@essex.gov.uk I would urge you all to continue to fight this campaign with dignity and unlike some other campaigns, refrain from personal attacks on councillors, we are fighting Essex County Council as an organisation.

2017-11-28 23:05:06 +0000

Well it appears that Essex County Council have ignored our petition and the many people who attended the consultations to oppose the Bus Gate. They are proposing it will be an 18 month trial that will run "peak time". As soon as I have more info I will update you all again. Essex County Council cannot be allowed to get away with this! Maxine Jones #NoToBaddowBusGate

2017-07-31 08:32:09 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-28 08:19:00 +0100

Wow! Thank you all so much for your support! Over 900 people have signed the #NoToBaddowBusGate petition, I will be delivering the petition to ECC but we also need everyone to complete the official questionnaire http://www.essexhighways.org/tell-us/highway-schemes-and-developments/major-schemes/chelmsford-city-growth-package.aspx

All affected by the proposal need to attend the Public consultation event: Monday, 7 August 1pm-8pm at Parish Hall, 19 Maldon Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7DW

Remember, the council have not directly notified any local residents that this will have an impact on!

Please continue to share the petition link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-to-baddow-bus-gate?just_launched=true#

2017-07-23 20:57:11 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-21 16:22:21 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-21 08:35:45 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-20 23:28:20 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-20 22:26:57 +0100

10 signatures reached