Essex Highways, Safer, Greener, Healthier
× Active Travel Fund Consultation now open
27/05/2021
Safer, Greener, Healthier

Our Active Travel Consultation is now live and we want to hear your views. Read more about our plans and take part in the survey by clicking on the tiles below.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please email activetravel@essexhighways.org.

Watch our video to find out more about our ambitious plans to help make Essex safer, greener and healthier.

Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Tell us what you think about travelling in Essex and our plans for active travel

With your input, we can help transform these five town centres and surrounding neighbourhoods into safer, greener and healthier areas. Watch our new video which explains why we want to make Essex the cycling and walking county.

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Active Travel Fund

Walking and cycling is becoming more and more popular in Essex. Whether because of health and wellbeing, concern for the environment or just plain enjoyment, many of us are choosing to leave the car at home and jump on our bikes or pull on our walking shoes instead, especially for shorter journeys.

But we can go further. With over 90% of Essex residents recently telling us that they are concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety, creating safer, green, healthier routes is something we need if we are to support people in using their cars less.

The Active Travel Essex programme is looking at how we can help and encourage people within our towns to make that change to walking or cycling. Many journeys currently being made are very short, and the reasons people jump in their car are varied, but, through creating safer routes and investing in interventions that make it easier to get around by foot or cycle, we can support people in making that change.

And as more people moving away from their car, this helps reduce congestion, so supporting those people and businesses for whom the car is a necessity.

£7 million of investment into five schemes

Supported by £7million of government funding, the programme, developed with the advice of local councils, councillors, businesses, cycling, access and other local interest groups will see new cycling and walking routes delivered in Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford throughout 2021/22. 

Alongside this, we are also looking to support the creation of School Streets – a programme in which measures are introduced to reduce car use at the school gates, and Liveable Neighbourhoods – where through-traffic and rat-running is tackled though introducing measures which reduce and restrict cars from certain areas.

The ambition underpinning each scheme is to reallocate road space, creating more room for walking and cycling. These schemes will change the way that you, the local residents, use and think about your streets and spend more time in them.

Active travel roadmap 2021 - March, consult on key walking and cycling networks. Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) May, consult on town-level schemes. Active Travel Fund phase 3. July, consult on street-level schemes. Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) Autumn, begin roll-out of schemes.

Consultation

The plans have reached a formative stage where we would welcome your views. The maps, layouts and illustrations you will see are illustrative at this stage and the feedback you give us will help us to develop a more detailed design.

Look at the town icons below to view our proposals and to take part in our survey. Your views are really important so please do take party in the survey.

If you have  questions on any elements of the proposals, please contact the team at activetravel@essexhighways.org

Read the summary of the Active Travel Phase two bid

Read our Active Travel Fund consultation plan.

 

Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback
Read our proposals and give us your feedback