|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A1114, A1060, A130|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1016 is the Chelmsford western bypass.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A1114 (former A12) in Widford and heads north. To begin with it runs through an industrial estate before becoming residential at traffic lights. This leads to a bridge over the River Can and a brief multiplex with the A1060 which zigzags across the A1016 between adjacent sets of traffic lights; this section is D4 to cope with the weaving traffic.
Now right on the edge of the city centre, the road remains dual. It picks up the B1008 at a large roundabout and multiplexes with it to a set of traffic lights where the A1016 TOTSOs left and becomes S2 once more. Now heading out of town it runs along the semi-rural Chelmer Valley Road and soon crosses the river of that name. After turning right at a roundabout and skirting the suburb of Springfield, the road ends at another roundabout on the A130 northern bypass.