Transport East Forum meets at Beaulieu Park to celebrate progress of the East’s newest rail station

L-R Transport East Chief Executive Andrew Summers and Essex Forum member Cllr Lesley Wagland in front of the new Beaulieu Park rail station construction site Members of the Transport East Forum and officers at the construction site for the new Beaulieu Park rail stationMembers of the Transport East Forum and officers on site at Beaulieu Park rail station construction site. 


On 22 March, Transport East’s Forum and partners visited the under-construction Beaulieu Park rail station, the first station to be built on the Great Eastern Main Line in 100 years.  

Due to open in 2025, the station will provide a frequent and sustainable service for people living and working in the fast-growing north Chelmsford area, while reducing the number of people driving into Chelmsford city centre.  

Attendees were shown the new station building and platforms and were briefed by Network Rail and their contractors Murphy on the next steps of the project. There was also the opportunity to see how to station has generated other transport improvements in the surrounding area, including the under-construction North Chelmsford bypass and infrastructure to support walking, wheeling, cycling and bussing to and from the station. 

Following the site visit, Forum met at Essex County Hall to discuss our major milestones since November’s meeting. This includes launching our Strategy Hub work into rural mobility, our travel behaviour survey going live and how we raised our profile – and the role of sub-national transport bodies – at the annual STB conference. 

Chief Executive of Transport East, Andrew Summers, said, “I’d like to thank Network Rail for organising an unforgettable visit to the East’s newest rail station. This level of investment demonstrates the importance of the people and businesses in the East and the contributions they make towards a thriving region and nation.  

Sustainable, frequent and reliable journeys are essential to support the region’s future and Transport East will continue advocating for further investment to facilitate these ambitions.”  

Papers from the Forum meeting.