Shopkeepers have welcomed news that a major highway and transport review is to be held for part of Chelmsford town centre after Essex County Council agreed to a highway review for the Parkway and Duke Street.
Small businesses in Broomfield Road and the surrounding area say they have been suffering for years due to poor signage and the constant closure of nearby roads.
After speaking to businesses and residents, Labour councillor Chris Fegan had a meeting with Tracey Chapman, the county councillor responsible for transport, and secured the review last week.
Cllr Fegan said: “This is going to be a major review because many residents and businesses are blighted by the present road layout. I am calling for this to take place as soon as possible because it is so important – I think by the autumn we could have it all sorted out.
“Some immediate measures regarding signage will be taken to help the situation.
“This is potentially a major step forward for the area and I am hoping to work with local people and businesses to ensure the outcomes are positive and implemented as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for Essex County Council said: “Cllr Chapman was pleased to meet Cllr Fegan and has agreed to conduct a review of roads around the Duke Street area in Chelmsford.
“We will shortly be removing a number of temporary signs that were put in place in the town centre while work was being conducted around Parkway.”