Connect Chelmsford's Waterways

What is the “Chelmsford Cut”?

A proposed 165 metre new canal linking the city centre rivers above the weir near the Essex Record Office to the Chelmer & Blackwater and Navigation for the nearly 400 boats in the area. Where is it? Beside the Essex Record office, in Wharf Road.

The Benefits

• It would enable canal and pleasure boats to easily enter the city centre rivers, making them an attractive feature.
• Increase tourism and money spent by visitors.
• Create more jobs.
• Stimulate regeneration.
• Encourage healthy recreation.
• Improved quality of life.
• Chelmsford made an ideal destination

The Chelmer Canal Trust created this image to show how The Cut could enhance the setting of the Essex Record office, but the benefits of the connection would spread throughout the city.

The history

In 2003 Chelmsford Borough Council received the Waterways Renaissance Award for its work on redeveloping Chelmsford’s waterways. The Cut is essential to reaping the full benefits of the early work, recognised by this prestigious award.

The cost

The most recent realistic estimate put the cost at £1.5 million, although this will need updating.Volunteers giving their time could reduce the financial costs substantially.

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