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Highways major projects newsletter

Kevin Bentley

As a growing county with a strong local economy and an ambitious future, it is critical that we continue to improve and invest in our highways infrastructure.

Within our urban areas we have a focus on encouraging public transport, walking and cycling. I make no apologies that we are looking to support a shift away from car use in these places. By doing this we can significantly enhance our health and wellbeing, as well as reduce emissions and improve air quality in our towns – overall, creating safer, greener, healthier environments.

Away from our town and city centres, we are upgrading key strategic roads across Essex with £700million of investment planned over the next six years. Delivering the right major route improvements has a transformational impact, helping shift traffic to the strategic network and away from local roads, reducing congestion and air pollution, benefiting residents, visitors and businesses alike.

With so much work taking place, to keep you updated, we are relaunching this newsletter, with each edition providing a round-up of some of the larger schemes happening around the county. You have received the newsletter because you have previously signed up for updates via the Essex County Council ‘Keep me posted’ system. If you do not wish to receive further updates, please click at the bottom of the page to unsubscribe. I hope you enjoy reading the newsletter.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Essex County Council

Safer, Greener, Healthier funding

safer greenerIf 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 ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ programme, we worked with district and borough councils in Essex to implement on-street measures designed to make city/town centre public spaces safer for people during the Covid-19 crisis.

Essex County Council has now been granted £7,358,700 to further develop safer, greener and healthier travel and transport locally.

Five schemes, in Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester will now be developed in detail, with the advice of councils, councillors, businesses, cycling, access and other local groups.

For more information, visit the Safer, Greener, Healthier website.

M11 Junction 7A

Work to create the new Junction 7A in Harlow began this summer. Funded through Essex County Council and Highways England, the scheme is one of the largest road infrastructure projects in the county for a number of years.

Creating a much-needed new M11 access to and from the town, the improvement scheme will also see a new link road and improvements to Gilden Way, ultimately creating a new east-west link through the town. This will help reduce congestion, reduce journey times and reduce vehicle operating costs.

The new junction will be complete and operational by 2022.

For more information and to sign up for contractor updates, visit the M11 Junction 7A website.

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Many of you will be aware of our work to progress a dual carriageway upgrade of the A120 between Braintree and the A12. Having developed a favoured option for the road after considerable engagement and consultation, we successfully campaigned for Government funding of the scheme.

As a result, the scheme is now being taken forward by Highways England and we are finalising the handover of work on the project which is critical to easing congestion, delays, safety issues and poor air quality.

Delivery of the scheme remains crucial to securing significant, growth, economic, business and employment opportunities and we are working closely with Highways England to help bring the project to reality as soon as possible.

Chelmsford North East Bypass

A £250 million road and rail upgrade for Chelmsford is moving ahead.

Funded through the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund alongside investment from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and developer Countryside Zest, the Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station scheme is critical to support the future growth of Beaulieu and the surrounding areas.

We are delivering the new bypass which will help create a strategic link between Chelmsford, Braintree, London Stansted Airport and the wider area and improve access to the A12. Plans are due to be submitted earlier in the New Year. Meanwhile, Network Rail is progressing a scheme for a new Beaulieu station which will reduce the need to travel into Chelmsford town centre, helping to reduce congestion in the town.

For more information, visit the Chelmsford North East Bypass website.


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