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Highways News and Press Releases 2017





December 2017 

A130 overnight closure planned as third lane works continue 

21 December 2017 

Essex Highways to deliver extra crews thanks to government pothole funding

19 December 2017 

Roadworks suspended for Christmas and New Year

18 December 2017 

‘Extra Eyes’ will help keep Essex road users safer

11 December 2017 

Extended hours and group fares announced for Colchester Park and Ride

06 December 2017 


November 2017 

Sunday Sandon Park and Ride for festive shoppers

Christmas shoppers are being urged to avoid the stress of city centre congestion and finding a parking space by using a special Sunday Park and Ride service in Chelmsford.

21 November 2017 

Council to save money by ensuring roads get resurfaced first time around

Drivers who illegally leave their cars parked preventing road resurfacing could now face being fined or having their car moved under new powers.

03 November 2017 

Lower Thames Crossing plans ‘will help tackle rush-hour congestion’

Updated plans for the Lower Thames Crossing have been welcomed as ‘an end to costly rush-hour congestion at the Dartford Crossing’ by the Deputy Leader of Essex County Council.

02 November 2017 


October 2017 

Safer Essex Roads Partnership urges pedestrians to focus on road safety as clocks go back

More than 1,000 adult pedestrians have been injured and 40 killed in road traffic collisions across Essex in the last three years.

31 October 2017 

£9 million boost for key routes in Essex

More than £9 million has been secured by Essex County Council to tackle congestion and improve key routes in Essex.

20 October 2017 

Essex secures top transport award

Hard work and innovation to deliver a first class transportation system for Essex has been recognised with one of the country’s top transport awards.

13 October 2017 

Deputy leader calls for ‘fair deal’ on south Essex infrastructure spending

The deputy leader of Essex County Council has called for a fair deal for infrastructure funding to help support housing growth in south Essex.

11 October 2017 

Essex Highways releases top tips to prepare for winter

Top tips on how to prepare for driving in cold weather have been released as Essex Highways prepares for the winter season.

10 October 2017

Rayleigh flood alleviation scheme given £305k funding boost

An £800,000 flood alleviation scheme which is set to transform the lives of Rayleigh residents hit by flooding is just a month from completion.

06 October 2017 


September 2017 

A130 speed limit to support third lane works

A 50mph speed limit is set to be put in place along a stretch of the A130 later this week as CountyRoute continue works to get the third lane open.

27 September 2017 

Priorities for a ‘joined up transport network’ for Colchester emerge

Priority areas for improving the transport network in Colchester for the next 30 years have been identified following a top level meeting to between Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

22 September 2017 

More than 10 laps of the M25’: New road surfaces completed in Essex

Hard-working Essex Highways engineers have surfaced more than the equivalent of 10 laps around the M25 in Essex over the last three years.

08 September 2017


August 2017 

A130 third lane to open in winter

A new third lane along the A130 will not open until the winter after work was delayed.

17 August 2017 

Colchester bus gates get camera enforcement

Permanent enforcement cameras will be installed at three bus gate locations in Colchester next month to deter drivers from using these routes illegally.

16 August 2017 

Drivers urged to go online to avoid V Festival congestion

Drivers are being warned to expect delays later this month as thousands of festival-goers head to V Festival in Chelmsford.

11 August 2017 


July 2017

Essex and Colchester meet to create ‘joined up transport network for town’

A top level meeting to discuss the transportation needs of Colchester for the next 30 years has been held between Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

26 July 2017

Ribbon cut following £5 million Jaywick Sands road and drainage improvements

Multimillion pound street improvements in Jaywick Sands are now successfully completing after a two-year project led by Essex County Council (ECC).

25 July 2017

A120 consultation not merely ‘popularity contest’

Residents have been reassured that upgrades to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 will not come down to simply being a ‘popularity contest’.

25 July 2017

Plans to widen A12 will unlock Essex’s economic potential

Plans to widen the A12 to three lanes that will help “unlock Essex’s economic potential” moved a step closer after the Government unveiled a £6.1 billion road improvements programme.

05 July 2017

Overwhelming support for A120 upgrade

More than four out of five people believe upgrades are needed to the A120 between Braintree and the A12, a public consultation has revealed.

04 July 2017


June 2017 

National survey seeks feedback on Essex’s road and transport network

Local people are being asked to share their views on Essex’s road and transport network – from the condition of roads and footways to the quality of cycling facilities.

20 June 2017

Essex Highways installs Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights

Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights have been installed in Essex offering the potential to monitor pollution, create Wi-Fi hotspots and even guide driverless vehicles.

15 June 2017

Four lanes open at newly improved Colne Bank Avenue, Colchester

Drivers in Colchester can enjoy quicker and easier journeys after four lanes opened on Colne Bank Avenue, Colchester.

13 June 2017

Top award for management of Essex highways network

Essex Highways has been nationally recognised for its upkeep of roads and pavements in the county.

02 June 2017

£8 million investment in local bus services for our communities

A total of £8 million is being invested by Essex County Council to help support bus services across the county following feedback from nearly 5,000 residents as part of the latest review of the network.

01 June 2017


May 2017

More than 6,000 miles of grass verges on many of Essex’s key roads are to be cut to improve visibility for drivers and other road users

24 May 2017 

23,000 more LEDs for Essex

23,000 more energy-saving LED streetlights are set to be installed across the county by Essex Highways.

23 May 2017 

Duke Street bus gate enforcement to commence

Drivers illegally using the bus gate under the railway bridge in Duke Street, Chelmsford will soon face penalty charge notices

19 May 2017


April 2017 

10,000 LED streetlights now lighting key routes in Essex

13 April 2017

Lower Thames Crossing decision welcomed as “big step forward”

The Government’s decision to back a crossing at Location C and Route Option 3 for the Lower Thames Crossing has been welcomed by Essex County Council as a ‘big step forward to ending costly traffic queues’.

12 April 2017 


March 2017 

Thousands respond to A120 consultation 

Almost 3,000 residents and businesses have led the way in the consultation for the new improved A120. 

21 March 2017 


February 2017

Help us create a ‘best in class’ transport network for the City of Chelmsford

Residents, commuters and visitors to Chelmsford are being asked to share their views and experiences of travelling in and around the city to help create a ‘best in class’ transport network for the future.

27 February 2017 

New road link will ease Fairglen Interchange congestion

An exciting new road scheme has been unveiled by Essex County Council in a bid to ease short term congestion problems on the Fairglen Interchange by diverting Southend-bound traffic from the A130 onto the A127, via the A1245.

15 February 2017 

LED streetlights set to be installed on the A127

Work to replace all-night lighting along the A127 with new energy-saving LED lamps is set to begin this week.

09 February 2017 

New buses for Park and Ride in Chelmsford 

Free Wi-Fi and air conditioning are just some of the new benefits Park and Ride users in Chelmsford will be able to enjoy when new buses are rolled out over the coming weeks.

09 February 2017 


January 2017

Your chance to view A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange upgrade plans

Multi-million pound plans to improve one of the most important junctions on the A127 over the next 30 years are set to be unveiled in February.

31 January 2017

A130 works to begin in March

Work to facilitate the opening of new third lanes in both directions along the A130 between Howe Green and the Rettendon Turnpike is set to begin in March.

31 January 2017

‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ A120 consultation launches

Residents are being urged to take advantage of a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to improve the A120 in Essex and boost the local economy.

17 January 2017 

New push to improve local roads sees dramatic pothole reduction

The number of potholes on local roads dropped by a fifth over the last six months following major investment.

16 January 2017 

Launch of Colchester General Hospital Park and Ride bus stop

A new Park and Ride bus service for staff, patients and visitors to Colchester General Hospital is set to launch on Monday, 9 January. 

05 January

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