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Safer, Greener, Healthier

Latest News - 11 August 2020: ECC bids for further Active Travel funding

Essex County Council has now submitted an ambitious bid for further Government Emergency Active Travel funding to the Department for Transport (DfT).

The Essex proposal, which includes details of five transformational schemes in Basildon (Wickford), Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester, will now be considered by the DfT with results announced later in the Autumn.

For more information please read the full Press Release

Safer, Greener, Healthier


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Transport, infrastructure and connectivity are critical to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

We are working with other councils in Essex to implement on-street measures designed to make city/town centre public spaces safer for people during the Covid-19 crisis.

Called ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’, the schemes aim to provide bigger, safer spaces in key locations for city centre shoppers, residents, workers and visitors to social distance in. where possible as well as statutory highways signs, Routes will also be branded with ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ signs where possible.

These safety improvements are funded by national government from the Emergency Active Travel Fund as part of the national response to the Covid-19 situation, designed to allow people more space to social distance as people move around the city centre.

The first tranche of funding from the Emergency Active Travel Fund has been applied for by Essex County Council. It is understood by the authority that further funding will also be available from the Department for Transport in future tranches. Read more about the funding from the Emergency Active Travel Fund.

Essex County Council has now (1 July 2020) published its new COVID-19 Recovery Transport Plan, which describes the council’s ambition to drive continued, positive changes to transportation and travel in Essex. A shorter Executive Summary is available to read or download in the documents section below, as well as the full Plan. There is also a Press Release.

Initially schemes will consist of interim measures using existing traffic management equipment to allow for quick adjustments if needed, as people experience and adjust to the changes. If they are successful, some of the changes could see a move to replace traffic management equipment with more permanent installations in due course, as part of a broader move to more sustainable forms of transport.

As we introduce the measures we will communicate with residents and businesses on the routes affected. You can also follow the Essex Highways twitter account to see updates.

To find out more about what is being introduced in different parts of the county, please have a look at the local sections accessible from this page. Chelmsford and Colchester will be the first urban areas to see Safer, Greener, Healthier measures introduced, starting from 8 June.


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We welcome all feedback, comments and ideas from everyone who experiences travel in the area, and we won’t hesitate to alter the measures quickly if needed. We will listen and learn before considering similar measures in other towns in Essex, in continuing consultation with other relevent organisations.

If you would like to comment on any of our Safer, Greener, Healthier highways measures once you have tried them, please speak with your local County Councillor or email us at:

If you want to report a specific safety problem with them, for instance cones that have been moved or knocked or barriers damaged, please 'Tell us online'.

More information

You can read the Department for Transport’s ‘Guidance for Safer Public Places during covid 19’

Read the Department for Transport’s Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities for reallocating roadspace in response to Covid 19

Read Essex County Council’s related highways press releases

Smarter Travel for Essex - Travelling to work post COVID-19 (PDF, 560KB) advice and guidance for businesses and employees on travel options post Covid-19. This guide sets out Essex County council’s latest safe travel advice for businesses planning to reopen or return to work now (July 2020) and in the medium to longer term. 

Guidance for placing of Covid-19 ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ stencilling / tape / stick on / notices / posters on the public highway

We have provided guidance in the documents section below for Borough / City / District / Parish / Town Councils, shop owners, and high street management teams to follow,  for placing stencilling / tape / stick on / notices / posters on or over the public highway in Essex during the response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

As the highway authority, Essex County Council will only accept items that meet this guidance.