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Press Releases and Highways Highlights

Press Releases

August 2020

11 August 2020 - Essex County Council submits ambitious and transformational bid for 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).

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07 August 2020 - Brentwood High Street closure to be removed following review and local feedback

In July a key section of Brentwood High Street was closed to most traffic to enable safer social distancing for people in the town centre. Brentwood High Street closure to be removed following review and local feedback

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06 August 2020 - Stop. Swap. GO! encourages parents and young people to get to school using active and sustainable travel this September

Parents and children across Essex are being asked to think about how they get to school in September and visit the Stop.Swap.GO! website to start to plan their journey.  This is particularly important because for many families their journey will be different – or they might want to choose another way of making it. 

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05 August 2020 - Win prizes for improving your health and the environment by joining the Stop, Swap, GO! 60 Day Active Travel Challenge

Swap to walking and cycling with a 60 Day Challenge run by Stop. Swap. GO! and you could win fantastic prizes, including Love2Shop and Amazon e-vouchers and even the chance to win a bike and cycling or walking accessories to the value of £1,000! 

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05 August 2020 - Return to normal hours of use for Essex Concessionary Bus Pass Holders

The hours of use for Concessionary Bus Passes in Essex will return to normal on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

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July 2020

30 July 2020 - Finchingfield Bridge to be closed for eleven days for essential parapet repairs

Road users are being informed about the upcoming closure of Finchingfield Bridge (B1053) for essential repairs.

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30 July 2020 - Sustainable transport improvements to form vital part of Army and Navy project and could arrive early to help reduce construction impact

Options are already being explored to help limit the impact of the construction of a long-term solution at the Army and Navy junction in Chelmsford by enhancing sustainable travel in the city.

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30 July 2020 - County Councillors get another direct say on pothole repairs

Hot on the heels of last year’s hugely successful ‘member-led’ pothole repair initiative comes another chance for county councillors to put forward their priority repairs after a major cash investment by the ECC Cabinet. 

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29 July 2020 - Statement from Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

Statement from Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, in response to yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister of £2bn investment in cycling and walking infrastructure. 

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28 July 2020 - Chelmer Valley Park and Ride to reopen

Essex County Council’s (ECC) Chelmer Valley Park & Ride site in Chelmsford will reopen from Monday 3 August.  ECC’s other two Park & Ride (P&R) sites, at Sandon and Colchester, have already successfully reopened from Monday 6 July. 

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27 July 2020 - A133 Ipswich Rd works Update: Temporary one-way system for A133 / Ipswich Rd South in place from 3 August until 7 September

The A133 Ipswich Road roundabout highway improvements are continuing, with works now well underway on the replacement of the existing retaining wall adjacent to the Clacton to Colchester railway mainline.

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24 July 2020 - Chelmsford semi-permanent street improvement measures

Release issued in partnership by Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council

More progress on Chelmsford’s Safer, Greener, Healthier street improvements with introduction of semi-permanent measures 

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22 July 2020 - More progress on Colchester street improvements with introduction of semi-permanent measures

In June, temporary ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ public safety and social distancing measures were introduced in Colchester. Next week, upgrades to the existing street equipment will be made. 

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17 July 2020 - A133 Work finished at Weeley and Frating Roundabout – part of Colchester to Clacton improvements 

Works to improve the A133, a key route providing a link to and from Colchester and the seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea, have been successfully completed. 

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15 July 2020 - Delighted pupil wins bike voucher after Army and Navy flyover competition  

A thrilled school pupil has been announced the winner of a competition launched to coincide with the historic removal of the Army and Navy flyover earlier this year.

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13 July 2020 - Bypass and station plans to be launched following investment boost

Plans for a Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station are to be launched to the public this month in a specially created ‘virtual village hall’ event, following the award of £218m of Government funding for the schemes. 

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08 July 2020 - Colchester High St Pavement Improvement Project to start early thanks to smarter Ultrafast Broadband upgrade work

Night work to repair and improve the paving slabs in the High Street can now start on 20th July, thanks to some clever installation of broadband upgrades by Colchester Borough Council.

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06 July 2020 - Stop. Swap. GO! campaign launched to help Essex people make the change to sustainable travel

A new sustainable travel campaign aiming to make it easier for people in Essex to switch from cars to sustainable travel, such as walking, cycling and using the bus, is launched today.

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02 July 2020 - Park and Ride - Sandon and Colchester - to reopen

Essex County Council’s Park & Ride (P&R) services will recommence operations from Monday 6th 2020.

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1 July 2020 - Making Essex Safer, Greener and Healthier – Essex County Council publishes new COVID-19 Recovery Transport Plan 

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

This week sees the publication of Essex County Council’s new COVID-19 Recovery Transport Plan, which describes the council’s ambition to drive continued, positive changes to transportation and travel in Essex. 

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June 2020

30 June 2020 - Brentwood High St to close to most vehicles to help people keep safe by social distancing in the town centre

A section of Brentwood High St will be closed to vehicles, except buses and cycles, for an interim period beginning on 4th July, to enable safer social distancing in the town centre. Essex County Council and Brentwood Borough Council have worked together after retailers suggested an interim closure to private vehicles, with just buses and cycling allowed, would bring a much-needed boost to the shops now they are free to reopen. The changes are paid for by Government as part of national work to re-open town centres safely.

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26 June 2020 - Epping introduces 20mph speed limit and wider pedestrian spaces on the High Street to help people social distance in the town centre 

Epping High Street and a section of Station Road will be given a 20mph speed limit and parking bays will be altered to become pedestrian areas, for a period to enable safer social distancing in the town centre.

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25 June 2020 - New safer, greener, healthier 20mph speed limits and pedestrianisation for busy Saffron Walden shopping areas introduced 

Some new interim, signed 20mph speed limits on roads in busy shopping areas of Saffron Walden are being put in place starting from Friday 26 June on main routes around the town centre, including High Street and George Street / Hill Street. These will be in addition to road closures implemented by the Town Council on the 15th June.

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23 June 2020 - Braintree town centre to have social distancing advisory signs to help people stay safe while High St and nearby improvements carried out

Essex County Council and Braintree District Council have worked together to plan the installation of several social distancing signs while High St and nearby improvement works are carried out by Braintree Council.  Barriers such as have been used in other town centres in Essex are not appropriate in Braintree due to the continuing pedestrianisation improvement works. The measures are paid for by Government as part of national work to re-open town centres safely.

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22 June 2020 - A133 Ipswich to Harwich Rd improvements team saves months of future disruption

Excellent progress has been made on A133 Colchester works during these unprecedented times.

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19 June 2020 - New safer, greener, healthier 20mph speed limits for busy Wickford and Billericay shopping areas introduced from 22 June 

Some new interim, signed 20mph speed limits on roads in busy shopping areas of Wickford and Billericay are being put in place starting from Monday 22 June.

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19 June 2020 - New safer, greener, healthier 20mph speed limits for busy Maldon town shopping area introduced from 23 June

Some new interim, signed 20mph speed limits on roads in the busy central shopping area of Maldon are being put in place starting from Tuesday 23 June.

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11 June 2020 - Update on ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ corridor from Colchester Mainline Rail Station to Colchester Town Centre which allows social distancing

Further details about the corridor from Colchester Mainline Rail Station to Colchester Town Centre have become available.

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05 June 2020 - Business gives thumbs up for ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ revolution on city centre streets 

Business leaders and health experts have welcomed ambitious plans to improve the safety, the environment and people’s health in Chelmsford city centre. 

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05 June 2020 - Major thumbs up for ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ revolution on town centre streets 

Health experts and leading cycling and walking campaigners have welcomed ambitious plans to make Colchester town centre streets safer, greener and healthier.

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May 2020

29 May 2020 - Essex County Council welcomes Government funding for cycling and walking to get the county moving

The first tranche of a multi-million funding package that will help to transform the way people can cycle and walk in the county has just been announced by the Government.  

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28 May 2020 - New A133-A120 link road route announced

The route for a vital new link road to support the future growth of Colchester has been agreed at a meeting of Essex County Council’s Cabinet (26 May).  

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27 May 2020 - Work on the ‘critical’ new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow is gearing up.

The site is currently being cleared to enable the works team to set up in in June. Construction will then start on Gilden Way at the London Road Roundabout in June/July.

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21 May 2020 - Essex road improvements ramp up as restrictions ease

Several planned, non-emergency highways works across Essex are now resuming at pace, following a Government announcement that some of the restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 would be reduced.

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21 May 2020 - Road closed on bank holiday Monday as piling work resumes on Ipswich Road (South)

Major road widening work on the A133 in Colchester has now resumed, with essential piling works to the Network Rail retaining wall area taking place as well as completing minor works in this section while the roads are quieter.

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15 May 2020 - Conservation trial on grass verges gets go ahead

Issued jointly with Braintree District Council

A new eco-friendly initiative is taking place in Essex that will see sections of road side left for re-wilding, which means leaving grass and flowers to grow to help wildlife and the environment.

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13 May 2020 - A highway revolution – improved footway and cycle path network for sustainable travel and social distancing 

Cycling and walking will be at the forefront of getting the county moving again as Essex County Council launches plans to expand the cycle path and footway network across town and city centres in the county, allowing people to cycle or walk more easily to work or shops and help with social distancing.

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12 May 2020 - CLIMATE ACTION COMMISSION AGREES NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT

Today in the first – low carbon, virtual – meeting of the Essex Climate Action Commission, it was agreed that there was an urgency to proceed at pace and to be bold in tackling the climate challenge.

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April 2020

24 April 2020 - Carriageway restrictions lifted as Sheepcotes Roundabout highway works complete

The final stage in the series of highway works carried out to improve the A131 and A130 between Braintree and Chelmsford is now complete with only minor landscaping and remedial works remaining.

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20 April 2020 - Planned phased return to work on A133 Ipswich Road to Harwich Road improvement works in Colchester

A phased return to work on the A133 Ipswich Road to Harwich Road improvement works in Colchester is planned for early May.

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08 April 2020 - Thank you from Essex Highways as some roadworks continue

A big thank you has gone out from Essex Highways to residents for the way they have responded to Government restrictions and keeping road journeys to a minimum as the Covid 19 emergency continues. Records show that there are now far fewer cars and people travelling.

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March 2020

31 March 2020 - Traffic reduces as Essex stays at home

Initial reports show that Essex residents are adhering to Government advice to stay at home and only go out for urgent trips.

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27 March 2020 - Essex Park and Ride services temporarily suspended

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the decision to suspend all Essex County Council Park and ride services from the end of normal operating hours on Saturday 28 March.

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25 March 2020 - Essex Highways responds to COVID-19

It is vital that priority roads in Essex are maintained for emergency vehicles, essential staff travel and food deliveries, and Essex Highways is rapidly adjusting its scheduled activities and ways of working in order to ensure the public and its employees remain safe.

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13 March 2020 - Infrastructure for North Essex Garden Communities Receives £272m in Spring Budget through County Council HIF bid

Wednesday’s spring budget announcements saw North Essex allocated £272 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to support the Colchester Braintree Garden Community, after a successful bid from Essex County Council.

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11 March 2020 - Flyover removal works nearing completion

Works to dismantle the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford have entered the final stages, with the remainder of the structure expected to be removed by the end of this week.

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February 2020

28 February 2020 - STATEMENT: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL SUCCESSFUL IN TWO DFT FUNDING BIDS

It has been announced today (Friday 28 February) that Essex County Council has been successful in two funding bids from the Department for Transport.

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26 February 2020 - Dates released for latest Army and Navy flyover removal works

As part of ongoing works to remove the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford, details have been released for the next phase of the project, including daytime lane restrictions on two Sundays next month.

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25 February 2020 - ECC renews Essex Highways partnership

Essex County Council’s Cabinet has approved an extension to the authority’s current Essex Highways contract with Ringway Jacobs for another five years from 2022 to 2027.

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18 February 2020 - Bypass and station plans to go on show

A £250 million road and rail upgrade for Chelmsford will be fully unveiled to the public this spring.

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18 February 2020  - Ipswich Road South to reopen later this week

Ipswich Road (south) in Colchester will be reopened this week ahead of schedule. 

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17 February 2020 - ECC to discuss extension of Essex Highways partnership

Essex County Council’s Cabinet will meet next week (Tuesday 25th February) to discuss the approval of an extension to the authority’s current Essex Highways contract with Ringway Jacobs for another five years from 2022 to 2027.

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14 February 2020 - Historic flyover removal works mark important step in new era for transport in Chelmsford

Works are now officially underway to remove the Army and Navy flyover as plans to improve the junction continue to be developed.

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13 February 2020 - Work to begin on vital new Harlow junction

Works to deliver the new M11 Junction 7A at Harlow will start in the coming months following the appointment of a main contractor.

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03 February 2020 - Removal of the Army and Navy flyover to begin imminently

A date has now been agreed for the start of works to remove the Army and Navy flyover.

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January 2020

16 January 2020 - Works set to start to reduce speed limit on A127 in air quality boost

Works are set to get underway to reduce the speed limit on a stretch of the A127 as part of a project to improve air quality and road safety.

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09 January 2020 - Contractor appointed for removal of the Army and Navy flyover

A specialist contractor has now been appointed to remove the Army and Navy flyover, with works scheduled to start next month.

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Highways Highlights

Newsletter on all things highways, informing people about the services and improvements Essex Highways is delivering.

July 2020

Cover of the July 2020 edition of Highways Highlights - Headline Despite the virus: Highways Improvements in full swing

June 2020

Cover of June's Highways Highlights - Headline New Safer, Greener, Healthier measures introduced to many Essex urban areas

May 2020

April 2020

Front cover of the April edition of the Highway Highlights showing new COVID-19 signage asking the public to respect critical workers delivering essential highway services

March 2020

Front cover of the March edition of the Highway Highlights

January 2020

Front cover of the January edition of the Hiighway Highlights showing information about flood prevention