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Highways News and Press Releases 2016

December 2016


Basildon road improvements on Dry Street/A176 Nethermayne begin in January

A section of Dry Street in Basildon will be closed to vehicles from its junction with the A176 Nethermayne from Monday, 9 January for road widening works.
23 December 2016


A120 consultation will begin on 17 January 2017

A consultation on options for a new stretch of the A120 between Braintree and the A12 is expected to launch on Tuesday, 17 January 2017.
23 December 2016


Cyclists to benefit from widened Balkerne Hill bridge

Work on the installation of the replacement Balkerne Hill bridge will begin in early January 2017.
21 December 2016


Signals upgrade to improve Rayleigh Weir traffic flow in New Year

The traffic signals at Rayleigh Weir and A129 Stadium Way in Rayleigh are to be upgraded in the New Year.
21 December 2016


Council steps in to support 261 bus service

A Brentwood bus route has been saved by Essex County Council as it looks to support the service becoming profitable once again.
15 December 2016

Last chance to share your views on Maldon bus proposals

Bus users in Maldon are being urged to give their views on proposed changes to services in their area before the New Year.
14 December 2016

M11 Junction 7a plans approved

Plans for a new junction on the M11 near Harlow have moved closer to reality after the preferred location for the junction and proposals for improving the link to and including Gilden Way were agreed by cabinet.
13 December 2016

No change for one-way system on Priory Street, Colchester

Proposals to reverse the traffic flow along Priory Street have been dropped following public consultation.
13 December 2016

Easier journeys for drivers in Maldon in time for Christmas

Drivers will enjoy easier journeys across Maldon during the festive period as works to improve the A414 at Spital Road and Limebrook Way will finish before Christmas.
12 December 2016

Potential A120 options previewed ahead of consultation

A map detailing nine possible options for a new stretch of the A120 has been released ahead of a public consultation in the New Year.
09 December 2016 

Free Park and Ride this Saturday for Small Business Saturday

Shoppers have been urged to take advantage of free Park and Ride travel this Saturday to support local Essex businesses on Small Business Saturday.
01 December 2016



November 2016


Incredible timelapse shows 23-tonne bridge installation in Colchester

Engineers lowered the 23-tonne Lower Castle Park bridge into place, creating a shared cycle and walkway for residents. 

16 November 2016

£250k extra to target highways flooding

Blocked drains on the highway are to be tackled thanks to a dedicated £250,000 investment from Essex County Council (ECC).

09 November 2016

New hospital stop for Colchester Park and Ride

Staff, patients and visitors to Colchester General Hospital will soon be able to take advantage of a new Park and Ride stop.

04 November 2016

Essex streetlights will be switched on for Christmas and New Year’s morning

Streetlights in Essex will be illuminated in the early hours of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day thanks to a festive pledge by Essex County Council.

01 November 2016



October 2016


  • Bright future for LED rollout

    Over 1,000 energy-saving LED streetlights have been installed since Essex County Council began its rollout this summer.

    14 October 2016



September 2016


  • Reconstruction of Pond Hall culvert

    Work to reconstruct Pond Hall culvert in Manningtree is due to take place from Monday, 3 October, for approximately 16 weeks.

    20 September 2016




August 2016


Army and Navy traffic lights switched off after collision

Chelmsford drivers are being warned to expect delays around the Army and Navy roundabout after a collision damaged the traffic lights.
30 August 2016

Post-summer holiday reminder over Patching Hall Lane works

Drivers and parents are being reminded to allow extra time for journeys on Broomfield Road and Patching Hall Lane in Chelmsford as schools return after the summer holidays.
26 August 2016

New Chelmsford Park and Ride timetable set to start

A new park and ride timetable offering earlier and more frequent peak-time journeys into and out of Chelmsford is set to begin next week.
23 August 2016

Repair work set to start on Moreton Bridge

A listed bridge on the outskirts of Chipping Ongar is set to be protected for years to come thanks to specialist repair work by Essex County Council.
22 August 2016

Work begins to upgrade 9,000 street lights to LEDs

Energy-saving LED lamps are set to be installed on all-night street lights across the county to save taxpayers thousands on electricity costs.
19 August 2016

Lower Castle Park footbridge replacement

Work is due to begin on the Lower Castle Park footbridge replacement scheme in Colchester.
17 August 2016

Chelmsford road users reminded to avoid V Festival congestion

Essex Traffic Control Centre (ETCC) is reminding road users to avoid probable congestion in the Chelmsford area this weekend as the V Festival comes to Hylands Park.
16 August 2016

£1.5 million funding boost for M11 junction

Road users across Essex are set to benefit from a successful £1.5 million funding bid towards a vital new junction on the M11.
11 August 2016

Lane closure to protect bridge in Sible Hedingham

New traffic measures are being introduced to protect a weakened bridge in Sible Hedingham.
10 August 2016

Patching Hall Lane closes for developer road upgrades

Drivers in Chelmsford are being warned about a road closure to accommodate improvement works by Persimmon Homes.
08 August 2016

Temporary closure of Tindal Street, Chelmsford, from Sunday

Tindal Street in Chelmsford city centre will be closed this Sunday (7 August) for eight days, reopening on Monday, 15 August.
05 August 2016

Consultation set to launch into bus services

Bus users are being asked for their views on changes to bus services across Essex.
04 August 2016




July 2016


The Flitch Way diverted over bridge concerns

A public right of way on the edge of Rayne is set to be diverted following safety concerns raised about an ageing bridge.
28 July 2016

Councillor hops on Park and Ride bus to promote Kids Go Free in August

Children are being given free bus travel to explore Essex this summer after Essex County Council launched its ‘Kids Go Free in August’ Park and Ride promotion.
28 July 2016

Works planned to accommodate shopping park in Loughton

Engineers working on behalf of Epping Forest District Council will soon begin works to improve local roads in Loughton to support a new shopping park.
27 July 2016

New trial timetable announced for Chelmsford Park and Ride

A new park and ride timetable offering earlier and more frequent peak-time journeys into and out of Chelmsford is set to begin from late August.
26 July 2016

Lexden Road Improvements Scheme

Colchester residents and businesses will be able to find out more about Essex County Council’s revised proposals for Lexden Road.
22 July 2016

Three lane A130 just months away

Work to widen a section of the A130 to three lanes in both directions is set to begin next month (August).
21 July 2016

Help tackle flooding in East Thundersley

Essex County Council wants to hear from residents and businesses in East Thundersley on plans for a new scheme to alleviate the flood risk to the village.
20 July 2016

Road lining trial could save taxpayers thousands of pounds

New longer-lasting road markings could save taxpayers thousands of pounds if trials in Chelmsford and Colchester are successful.
19 July 2016

Kids go free on Park and Ride buses this August

Children are being given free bus travel to explore Essex this summer after Essex County Council launched its ‘Kids Go Free in August’ Park and Ride promotion.
15 July 2016

More street lights working in Essex, figures show

More street lights are working across Essex, according to the latest quarterly figures in June.
14 July 2016

Investigation work to begin on A133 Ipswich Road Scheme

Drivers are being warned of lane closures to accommodate investigation works for the A133 Ipswich Road Scheme.
14 July 2016

Essex roads improving after flood-hit June

The number of potholes on main roads in Essex is down by 23 per cent in just three weeks as more crews are employed to tackle the issue.
14 July 2016

Bus services saved thanks to Essex County Council

Local bus services have been saved from extinction after Essex County Council stepped in to fund replacement services.

12 July 2016

Tackling flooding together

Residents in Canvey are invited to attend a Flood Hack event in the town on Saturday 16 July. If you have ideas or solutions to try out to reduce the impact and risk of flooding in the area then come along.

11 July 2016

Revised plans for Lexden Road in Colchester set for consultation

Revised proposals are being drawn up for improvement works to Lexden Road, Colchester, following feedback received from a public information event held recently.

11 July 2016

Overnight roadworks to close the A132 Runwell Road

Drivers are being warned of an upcoming overnight road closure to allow Countryside Properties to carry out resurfacing work to support a new housing development in Runwell.

07 July 2016




June 2016


Update on Chelmsford A1114 road surfacing works

Road surfacing work along the A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way in Chelmsford is anticipated to complete on Saturday.

30 June 2016

Drivers asked to be cautious during vital road surfacing work in Chelmsford

Chelmsford drivers have been asked to be vigilant when using the Army and Navy flyover and A1114 over the coming days as vital road surfacing work is carried out.

29 June 2016

Sunday closure set for Highways England work in Chelmsford

Chelmsford drivers are being made aware of a weekend closure next month to accommodate Highways England works on the A138.

27 June 2016

Have your say on highways and transport improvements in Essex

Local people are being asked to share their views on Essex highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footways to the quality of cycling facilities.

27 June 2016

Highways backing for ‘Dead Slow’ campaign

A cabinet member has backed a nationwide awareness campaign to encourage drivers to slow down around horses.

24 June 2016

Flood Watch 22-24 June 2016

As advance weather warnings came in on Wednesday, Essex Highways doubled the crews on standby overnight. Essex Civil Protection and Emergency Management began coordinating all public service responses from 2pm.

23 June 2016

Full Traffic Update

Details of Motorway Accidents, Incidents and Congestion following overnight flooding.

23 June 2016

Motorists warned not to travel unless their journeys are absolutely necessary

?Motorists are being warned not to travel unless their journeys are absolutely necessary after last night’s torrential rain caused chaos on the county’s roads.

23 June 2016

Improvement work to start on Maldon A414 roundabouts

Maldon is set to benefit from a new scheme to alleviate congestion on roundabouts along the A414 with work due to begin at the end of the month.

22 June 2016

Long-term cycling strategy agreed for Essex

Councillors today (Tuesday) put their backing behind a long-term cycling plan for Essex.
21 June 2016

A127 resurfacing improvements completed on schedule

Road resurfacing on 16 different sites along the A127 has now been completed as a key part of this year’s Essex road improvement programme.
15 June 2016

Heybridge flooding hotspot scheme completed

A community whose houses were repeatedly flooded can breathe a sigh of relief as work has been completed on a scheme that should make their homes more resilient against heavy rain in the future.
14 June 2016

Stretch of A130 to become three lanes

Work to extend a section of the A130 to three lanes in both directions is set to begin this summer.
14 June 2016

Get in gear for National Bike Week

Residents are being urged to get on their bike and enjoy a number of specialist events to mark National Bike Week next week.
08 June 2016

A127/A132 Nevendon interchange improvements continue

Motorists are reminded that road works to improve the Nevendon roundabout will continue until winter and so they should plan their journeys accordingly.
06 June 2016

A133 Colne Bank Avenue set for major improvement work

Work to manage congestion and pinch-point pressure on one of Colchester's busiest roads is due to begin this July. 
06 June 2016

Tell us if our bus fares are fair?

Bus users are being urged to share their views on proposed changes to fares on services provided by Essex County Council.
03 June 2016

Utility work to take place ahead of cycle scheme completion

Work to complete a new cycleway and footway in Mile End, Colchester, has been pushed back to allow new high-voltage utility cabling to be installed.
02 June 2016


May 2016


New traffic lights to manage traffic flow in Danbury to be switched on

New traffic lights designed to improve the flow on the A414 through the centre of Danbury will be switched on from Tuesday 31 May.
30 May 2016

Q&A sessions set to help public understand M11 Junctions 7a plans

Members of the public are being given the chance to ask questions about proposals for a new junction on the M11 at specialist public information events.
26 May 2016

Massive investment to boost Colchester's roads

Essex County Council is investing £50 million on road, cycle and bus schemes to boost Colchester’s infrastructure so that it can cope with housing and business growth.
23 May 2016

Emergency lane closure: Pete Bridge near Peldon

Due to the deterioration of a culvert along the B1025 Colchester to Mersea road, traffic management in the form of a lane closure and traffic lights will be in place from this afternoon.
20 May 2016

Puffin Crossing will replace Zebra Crossing in Victoria Road, Chelmsford

 An upgrade to the A1099 Victoria Road Zebra Crossing in Chelmsford is set to begin later this month.
18 May 2016

Drive cautiously please as summer grass verge cutting begins

Drivers are being asked to be cautious and allow time and space to pass tractors as Essex County Council begins its summer roadside grass verge cutting programme.

13 May 2016

Harlow A414 highway improvement scheme plans on display

An information event to inform the public about Essex County Council’s road improvement plans for Harlow’s Edinburgh Way and Cambridge Road Roundabout will be held on Tuesday 24 May 2016.
12 May 2016

Have your say on new M11 junction plans

Plans to create a new M11 junction at Harlow aimed at unlocking the town’s potential were unveiled today (Wednesday 11 May) at the launch of a consultation into the proposals.
11 May 2016

Have your say on fare increase on council buses

A consultation is being launched today (Monday 9 June) into proposed changes to bus fares on services provided by Essex County Council.
09 May 2016

Colchester's First Talking Newspaper With Roadworks Info

Colchester Talking Newspaper is the first in England to include up-to-date information about local roadworks in its weekly recordings aimed at the blind and visually impaired, using information supplied by Essex County Council.
06 May 2016

Army and Navy flyover changes set for next week

Drivers have been warned to check signs at the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford as the direction of traffic is due to change at different times in a bid to ease traffic jams.

04 May 2016


April 2016


Station Way path to be widened

Improvements to widen the existing path underneath the railway bridge at Station Way, Colchester, are due to start on Tuesday 3 May to provide a new wider 3.5 metre shared footway/cycleway.
29 April 2016


Work starts on Boxted Road path

Work to widen the existing footway on Boxted Road between United Way and the Colchester Park & Ride site is due to start on Tuesday 3 May.
29 April 2016


Winter was extended in Essex but gritter crews can finally stand down

Winter is due to be officially over for Essex County Council gritting crews today.
29 April 2016


Embankment works on A130 starting soon

Roadworks are due to start later this week on the A130 bypass A127-A12 Rayleigh to Rettendon section.
27 April 2016


A127/A132 Nevendon interchange improvements begin

Construction work to manage journey times on the A127 and improve access to Basildon and Wickford via the A132 is set to start this month.
22 April 2016


Traffic checks ahead of possible flyover changes

Highways engineers are monitoring traffic on the Army and Navy roundabout to assess how the flyover can be best used to keep congestion to a minimum.
21 April 2016


Rise in road deaths prompts warning to drivers

Drivers are being warned to concentrate on the road and not be distracted by mobile phones or passengers following an alarming rise in road deaths.
21 April 2016


More lights working in Essex

The number of faulty streetlights in Essex is dropping, according to latest statistics.
18 April 2016


Artist exchange between East of England and China

 University Campus Suffolk this week hosted an artist exchange event between East Anglian artists and artists visiting from China.
15 April 2016


Essex roads better than this time last year

Statistics just published show that Essex roads have 12 per cent fewer potholes than the same time last year, despite an increase in the last three months caused by winter conditions.
15 April 2016


Have you got our new bus pass number?

The telephone number to report lost concessionary bus passes is changing on Monday, 18 April.
05 April 2016


New junction to support Rochford residential development

Work has started on a new roundabout and junction in Rochford to support a new housing development.
01 April 2016


The Safer Essex Roads Partnership funds new life-saving and enforcement vehicles

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has funded the purchase of two new partnership vehicles. The Essex Air Ambulance received a new Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) and Essex Police has received a new unmarked covert motorbike.
01 April 2016



March 2016


Anglia Route Study – on the right tracks

Essex County Council has welcomed the long awaited publication of Network Rail’s Anglia Route Study[1] that will lead to improvements to rail journeys for passengers, businesses and commuters.
24 March 2016

Thousands of Essex streetlights to be converted to LED

Essex County Council will convert some 19,000 of all-night streetlights to LED, saving approximately £600k a year as a result of savings in energy and maintenance costs, as well as carbon taxes.
24 March 2016


Bus service changes

?Bus users are reminded that revised local routes, timetables and service numbers come into effect on Sunday, 10 April.
23 March 2016


Army and Navy flyover closure

?The flyover at Chelmsford’s Army and Navy roundabout will close tonight (Friday, 18 March) from 9pm.
18 March 2016


Have your say on bus service changes

?Following a review of its taxpayer-funded bus services, Essex County Council is considering the future viability of five routes and is seeking users’ views via an online questionnaire.
18 March 2016


Improved rail links vital to Essex economy

The future prosperity of west Essex hangs in the balance unless major investment is put into rail links, the Government has been warned.
09 March 2016


Colchester Park and Ride and Waste Transfer station up for regional design honours

Two of Colchester’s landmark public developments have been nominated for prestigious architectural awards.
09 March 2016


It is free at the Park and Ride as Sandon hits 10

Essex County Council is planning a 'Try It For Free' day as part of Sandon Park and Ride’s tenth anniversary celebrations.
08 March 2016


Brook Street Colchester junction improvements to start soon

Essex County Council is planning to start work on the Brook Street, Colchester, junction improvement scheme this month.
03 March 2016



February 2016


Reconstructed Fish and Eels Bridge to reopen

A bridge near Nazeing is set to reopen following its complete reconstruction.
29 February 2016


ADEPT award for Canvey flood work

A multi-agency partnership has won a top national award for its response to flooding issues on Canvey Island.
19 February 2016


Revised Finchingfield Bridge plans shared with local community

Essex County Council has released new plans for Finchingfield Bridge.
18 February 2016


Council leader responds following fatal A127 collision

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: "It is a tragedy when any child loses their life in a road traffic accident. Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this very difficult time."
17 February 2016


Have your say on Dengie area buses

?Essex County Council is proposing a number of improvements to bus journeys in the Dengie Peninsula and is seeking the public's views.
12 February 2016


Vital road re-surfacing on A127 starting sooner than planned

Essex County Council is set to start road surface improvements on the A127, two months earlier than planned.
12 February 2016


Essex County Council to share bridge plans with Finchingfield community

Essex County Council is preparing to share revised plans for the future of Finchingfield Bridge with local residents.
05 February 2016


Alexander the Grit and Gritney Spears among new names for Essex's gritters

Ten of the county’s gritters now have their own identities after hundreds of schoolchildren took part in a competition to name them.
05 February 2016


Right up your street – budget plans aim to make highways even better

A continuing purge on the scourge of the road network in Essex is set to be unveiled as part of the County Council’s budget plans next week.
04 February 2016


Film shows how Essex County Council is improving the county’s roads

Essex County Council has produced a short film aimed at helping people better understand how highways and transportation in the county is managed.
04 February 2016


January 2016


New route for cyclists in Laindon

A new cycleway to and from Laindon railway station is being created, thanks to Essex County Council.
22 January 2016


Canvey to Benfleet cycle improvements on their way

Essex County Council is set to improve cycle and bus facilities in Canvey in a bid to encourage people to use transport other than cars.
22 January 2016


Second chance for 21 bus service

Essex County Council has stepped in to provide a Saturday bus service on a trial basis after a bus company went out of business.
22 January 2016


One way system to be introduced on Elmstead Road, Wivenhoe

?Essex County Council is putting in a temporary one-way system along Elmstead Road, Wivenhoe, while the road is being used as a diversion route.
21 January 2016


Let's look out for each other in 2016

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) partners and road safety teams have confirmed new dates and locations for the 2016 Let's look out for each other campaign.
19 January 2016


Pothole numbers continue to fall

The number of potholes on Essex roads fell in the last three months of 2015, survey results show.
15 January 2016

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