Have your say on safer, greener, healthier travel in Essex

Have your say on safer, greener, healthier travel in Essex

Ambitious plans to help turn Essex into a walking and cycling county are going on show to the public – and Essex County Council wants to know what you think.

Residents are being invited to give their views on safer, greener, healthier cycling and walking routes in five towns across the county with the launch of the Active Travel Essex consultation.

Working in partnership with city, borough and district councils as well as local community and accessibility groups, the county council is today publishing the plans which will see the reallocation of road space to make more room for everybody to walk and cycle safely. As more people take up walking and cycling and avoid using their cars for short trips, it will mean fewer vehicles on the road and ease congestion for those who have no alternative but to drive, making their journeys more reliable and efficient.

Active Travel Essex is one of a number of council initiatives to transform local cycling and walking routes and the consultation, covering schemes in Brentwood, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford, will run until 2nd July. The plans also feature schemes to improve local neighbourhoods and make it easier and safer to walk and cycle to and from school.

Cllr Lee Scott, Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport at Essex County Council, said: “We want Essex to be the walking and cycling county – a safer, greener, healthier place where we don’t automatically jump in the car, especially for shorter journeys.

“With over 90% of Essex residents recently telling us that they were concerned about traffic congestion, air pollution and road safety, our ambitious aim is to make the transport network safer, greener and healthier, specifically designed for people who cycle and walk.

“With input from Essex residents, we can help transform the town centres and surrounding neighbourhoods into thriving and healthier areas with fewer cars but more people cycling and walking, allowing us all to breathe cleaner air and enjoy a better way of life.”

As well as the feedback from the consultation, ECC will also be gathering data from additional sources such as polling, focus groups and traffic counts and will use all the findings to agree next steps.

To find out more and give your feedback, please visit: https://www.essexhighways.org/active-travel-fund

  • ECC was awarded £7,358,700 from the government in November 2020 for tranche 2 of the Active Travel Fund, one of the highest allocations of any county in England. The money will fund a series of projects to reallocate and create more space for cycling and walking.
  • Over the last 12 months, nationally there has been a 20% rise in the number of people walking regularly while 58% are cycling at weekends and 9% on weekdays.
  • A recent survey undertaken by Essex County Council (Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan - March 2021) revealed that 91% respondents were very or fairly concerned about traffic congestion and air pollution while 93% were very or fairly concerned about road safety.
  • Printed copies of the consultation materials are available on request. Please ring 0345 743 0430 to request a copy.

Last updated 27 May 2021