What are we doing in South Essex?
What is the problem?
The Government’s National Air Quality Plan identified a number of locations along the A127 in Essex were likely to be exceeding air quality thresholds for Nitrogen Dioxide.
Further tests found that a section of the A127 between east and west Basildon, and parts of the business area to the south of it, has poor air quality that breaks national safe limits.
What are we doing?
To tackle this issue, Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council are proposing to improve air quality along the A127, to the north of Basildon, by reducing the current limit speed limit from 70mph to 50mph. Air quality and traffic modelling indicate that the reduction in speed limit will reduce the NO2 to safe levels by 2021.
Essex County Council and Basildon Borough Council have been issued a Ministerial Directive by the Government to improve the air quality on the section of road as quickly as possible. The local authorities are working with Essex Highways on implementing the new speed limit in March 2020, which would be enforced with average speed enforcement cameras.
People who wish to comment on the proposed order have until 12 August to share their concerns, by writing to Essex County Council, quoting reference TRAF/7027. Comments can also be emailed or posted to TRO Comments, Network Assurance, A2 Annexe Seax House, County Hall, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH.
These are our plans for South Essex. For information regarding other areas of Essex, please visit www.essexair.org