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Essex set to become safer, greener and healthier


29/10/2021
Safer, Greener, Healthier

New walking and cycling schemes to go ahead in five locations across the county.

Exciting new measures to make it easier for residents to walk or cycle have been given the green light today following a decision by Essex County Council.

The new schemes are all part of ECC’s ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier by making it easier and safer for residents to walk or cycle, reducing traffic congestion, cutting air pollution and improving residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Consultations recently took place in Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford. The findings revealed that over 90% of Essex residents were concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety. Action to tackle speeding was the highest priority followed by a desire for less traffic overall and for children to be able to play, walk and cycle in their neighbourhood.

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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 - July Consult on town-level schemes. Active Travel Fund. Autumn - Use all the findings to agree next steps and engage again. Autumn/Winter - Consult on street-level schemes – Traffic Regulations Order (TRO).

Consultation

The active travel consultation ran from May 27th to July 11th. Read the consultation report.

The Schemes

The consultations which recently took place in Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford revealed that over 90% of Essex residents were concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety. Action to tackle speeding was the highest priority followed by a desire for less traffic overall and for children to be able to play, walk and cycle in their neighbourhood.

The new schemes announced on the 28th October 2021 are all part of our ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier by making it easier and safer for residents to walk or cycle, reducing traffic congestion, cutting air pollution and improving residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.

For details of each scheme, please view the location links below.

Read the details of the scheme
Read the details of the scheme
Read the details of the scheme
Read the details of the scheme
Read the details of the scheme

May 2021 Consultation Summary Proposal Documents

Read the summary of the Active Travel Phase two bid

Read our Active Travel Fund consultation plan.