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Essex And Network Rail Get Planning For Beaulieu Station

This page on the Network Rail website is entitled Network Rail And Essex County Council Are Working Together To Develop Proposals For The First Railway Station To Be Built On The Great Eastern Main Line For Over 100 Years.

These are the first two paragraphs.

The new station is part of a wider regeneration of the Beaulieu Park estate in Chelmsford with new road infrastructure and up to 14,000 homes.

Essex County Council, in partnership with Chelmsford City Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), successfully secured £218m of funding from the Government’s Housing and Infrastructure (HIF) fund together with £34m contributions the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and developer Countryside Zest to deliver the wider scheme.

These are some more points from the page.

  • There will be three platforms with a central loop line and new tracks to enable stopping services to call at the station while allowing fast trains to pass through unimpeded.
  • The station will have lifts.
  • There will be a large number of parking spaces and secure cycle storage.
  • There will be taxis and buses.

There is a comprehensive video that describes the new station, the new roads and the housing developments.

Finally, Chelmsford is getting the transport system it needs.

April 3, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. I guess a quarter of billion pays for the new road as well as the station and whilst i can see a lot of sense in it you have to wonder whether a half decent local bus system into Chelmsford on dedicated lanes could realise the same outcome for a lot less.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | April 3, 2022 | Reply

    • Buses never seem to work in East Anglia except for Park and Rides and in Cambridge.

      Comment by AnonW | April 3, 2022 | Reply

  2. What an odd choice of name given that’s there’s already a Beaulieu Road station in the New Forest on the Bournemouth line. The risk of confusion seems significant and surely wholly unnecessary, especially as the SWR station has been in existence since 1847 (though closed between 1860 and 1895). Unless, that is, there is an unannounced plan to close Beaulieu Road – it is, apparently, the least used station in Hampshire and has an infrequent service.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | April 4, 2022 | Reply

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