Travelodge will bring jobs and visitors to Braintree

Travelodge will bring jobs and visitors to Braintree

Big national chain signs up for Manor Street development.

Travelodge has announced it will create jobs and bring visitors to the town as it confirmed it will be part of the Braintree town centre regeneration scheme.

Braintree District Council exchanged contracts with Travelodge last month as the national chain announced it has been looking for a town centre location in Braintree for some years.

The hotel will be one part of the Braintree town centre regeneration scheme which will transform the area behind Braintree Town Hall from what is currently a dull and unloved area to a thriving and modern service-led part of town.

As well as the hotel, the scheme, which is subject to planning permission, will see a new Live Well Hub, pharmacy, 35 homes, a new and modernised bus interchange, a café overlooking new public realm and a twin-level car park.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Travelodge to the town and we’re looking forward to working with them to attract people who want to visit for leisure or business.

“There is lots for people to come and visit – from the London-inspired monthly street markets to the Warner Textile Archive which is Britain's second largest collection of flat textiles to Chelmsford Race Course just five minutes away. It will also service an important need in hosting business people visiting some of the many firms we have across the district.

“The development is a fantastic location for the hotel given its excellent transport links. It will be next door to the new and improved bus interchange and just a couple of minutes from the train station.

“This regeneration project encompasses all the things that matters to our residents: health and homes, journeys and jobs and it is important to realise that town centres up and down the country are changing and becoming more service led.”

If planning permission is granted the development could be completed during 2021.