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
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To: Essex County Council
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 residence from Baddow Road off from Chelmsford and cause extra congestion through Meadgate, Baddow Village and Moulsham Lodge.
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, Essex County Council announced in November that they DO intend to implement the bus gate scheme for an 18 month trial. 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!
I also have the support of local councillors and here is their latest statement regarding the situation:
"Many of you will have seen the plan that the Essex County Council have proposed for the Great Baddow Bus Gate. The Proposal is for the Bus Gate to start at Meadgate Avenue from 7am – 10am & 4pm -7pm. With an 18-month trial. We are pleased they have listened to concerns from us and residents,but we feel they have not gone far enough.
The Ward Councillors Ahmed, Scott and Smith, think they can go a lot further. As we have worries regarding the impact that the dispersed traffic will have, on already congested routes out of Great Baddow and through Moulsham.
Therefore, we are still in consultation with Essex County Council, to achieve the best plan for all the residents of Great Baddow. Nothing is set in stone yet and we welcome your views."
The proposed bus gate in Baddow road will prevent all vehicles except busses from travelling to the Army and Navy roundabout, 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
Many thanks for your support.
How it will be delivered
I am currently in contact with Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and the Digital Economy. I plan to redeliver the petition at the GBENA "Say No To Baddow Road Closure" meeting on January 25th, 7.30pm
The Orchards, Mascalls Way, (next to Meadgate School) Chelmsford CM2 7NR.