Successful council bid brings £1m active travel capability funding to Essex

Successful council bid brings £1m active travel capability funding to Essex

Families, commuters and school children in Essex will be encouraged to take up active travel habits this year as a result of government funding recently awarded to Essex County Council.

The £1 million Capability Funding will be used to plan and develop walking and cycling networks over the next 10 years.

This will include running a series of local engagement events to enable residents and businesses to have their say and help to shape networks across the county, as well as having input to school streets and liveable neighbourhoods. Feedback from these engagement sessions will input directly into the design of the new routes.

Cllr Lee Scott, Cabinet Member for Highways Maintenance and Sustainable Transport at Essex County Council, said: “The continued Government commitment to encouraging more of our residents to walk and cycle is welcome. At the start of a new year many people are looking to improve their health as well as cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

“By leaving the car at home and choosing to walk or cycle, especially for shorter journeys, is an easy way to get fit, save money and do your bit for the planet.

“To encourage more people to walk or cycle, we need to deliver high-quality schemes that make it feel easy, safe and fun. This new funding will mean that we can improve our technical skills and better engage with the views of Essex people, ultimately helping us deliver improvements that have widespread local support.”

Click here for more information on active and sustainable travel in Essex.

Last updated 16 January 2023