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Safer, Greener, Healthier

Latest News - 13 November 2020: Next Stage of Safer, Greener, Healthier measures to improve sustainable travel in Essex is approved

Essex has been granted £7,358,700, the highest allocation of any county in England, to further develop safer, greener and healthier travel and transport locally.

Essex has received transformational funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) for schemes in five towns to improve cycling and walking. All five schemes, in Basildon (Wickford), Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester will now be developed in detail, with the advice of councils, councillors, business, cycling, access and other local groups.

For a summary and the bid submission, please see the documents section below.

Safer, Greener, Healthier


Transformig active travel in Essex - Front cover of the bid summary pdf
Summary of the Active Travel Phase two bid

Providing enabling transport and infrastructure which encourage more people to walk and cycle is critical to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. If more people were to walk and cycle for short trips in our towns, it would relieve congestion, reduce air pollution and increase health and wellbeing.

In Phase One of our programme, we have been working with other district 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. These safety improvements were funded by national government from the Active Travel Fund Phase One as part of the national response to the Covid-19 situation

These safety improvements were funded by national government from the Active Travel Fund Phase One 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.

Phase Two

The county council has received £7,358,700 in an ambitious Phase Two bid to the Active Travel Fund which is in line with the latest thinking from Government which asks Local Authorities to set about:

  • Create a road environment that is safer and provides greater capacity for both cyclists and pedestrians
  • Help to relieve short-term overcrowding and reduced capacity on public transport
  • Deliver long-term benefits for public health and environmental benefits

The schemes will transform key routes across Essex and represent the start of a long term County plan to enable more walking and cycling for local trips, by providing  high quality walking and cycling environments, where people feel safe and relaxed.  The schemes will provide more space for people to get their minimum daily exercise, as they are going about their business, whilst enjoying every-day walking and cycling. 

The schemes will provide more space for people to get their minimum daily exercise, as they are going about their business, while enjoying every-day walking and cycling.

Read the summary of the Active Travel Phase two bid 

For the full bid and appendices, please see the documents sections at the bottom of this page 

As we develop and introduce these schemes we will engage with residents and businesses in early 2021 on the routes affected. You can also follow the Essex Highways twitter account to see updates.

To find out more about what has been introduced already in different parts of the county, please have a look at the local sections accessible from this page. Please check back regularly for further updates .


Image showing message - Please keep your distance - This is for your own safety and the safety of others

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.