A new railway station in Chelmsford is the subject of a detailed planning application with the aim of relieving pressure on the existing facility.
It would include four platforms and is expected to open in 2015. The plans were submitted by Countryside Properties and its development partner, London & Quadrant.
They were submitted to complement a recent application on a neighbouring site for 4,000 homes and 75,000sq metres of commercial space.
A draft timetable would see trains arrive every 10 minutes during peak periods and Chelmsford’s existing station, which is the busiest commuter station in the Anglia region, would stay open.
A bus interchange and substantial cycle parking are among the proposals, and it is expected that 60% of passengers would travel to the station by means other than cars.
Network Rail route director for Anglia Andrew Munden said: “Both we and the Department for Transport agree that the proposal will bring benefits both to the rail industry and the local area.”