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Road strategies

Roads strategies

Highways Annual Plan 2020 - 2021

Sets out Essex Highways' approach to managing the network in Essex

Cover of Annual Plan

Highways and Transportation Asset Management Strategy - January 2019

Highways and Transportation Asset Management Policy - January 2019

Essex Highways Summary Communication Strategy  - January 2019

Essex County Council maintains a vast network of roads, over 5,000 miles in total length, together with a footway network of 4,000 miles (including footways shared with cycleways), and 4,000 miles of public rights of way. In addition there are over 1,500 highway structures and 127,000 street lighting columns, and other asset groups such as highway drainage, vehicle restraint systems, traffic signals and traffic signs. Essex County Council recognises the vital role that its highway network plays in the lives of residents, as well as the travelling public and local businesses. Effective asset management of the highway network and its infrastructure is fundamental in supporting the Council’s Vision of Essex being a county where innovation brings prosperity, and in contributing to the Council’s Corporate Outcomes. This represents a significant maintenance commitment and requires a robust approach to asset management. The Asset Management Policy and Strategy is at the heart of highways investment planning, budget setting and delivery of the Highways and Transportation service, and is described in the two documents above.

Highways and Transportation Asset Management Strategy 2020-21
Highways Asset Management Policy
Cover of Highway Authority Enforcement Policy

Highway Authority Enforcement Policy - March 2015

An explanation of how we prioritise the enforcement of encroachments, obstructions and unlawful interference with the highway to protect the use and enjoyment of the highway for the public.

Cover of Highway Authority Enforcement Policy

Highways Maintenance Policy and General Principles - 2019

Essex County Council has a statutory duty to maintain the public highway to a reasonably safe standard. In order to comply with this duty we have developed the Highways Maintenance Policy and General Principles. This sets out how the highway will be maintained. 

Highway Maintenance and Inspection Strategies

These documents support the overarching Highways Maintenance Policy and General Princliples (above). They set out and describe the service levels relating to our risk-based approach to managing how we organise, inspect and maintain our main asset groups.

Cover of the Maintenance and Inspections Strategy, Carriageways, Footways and Cycleways - July 2019 
Cover of the Maintenance and Inspections Strategy, Structures - July 2019

Speed Management Strategy

This strategy is designed for use by all those involved in Speed Management to offer clear and consistent parameters for the setting of speed limits in Essex.

Traffic Management Strategy

This document contains Essex County Council’s Traffic Management Strategy for Essex roads for the next 20 years.