New travel app launched in Essex

A new app that gives its users real-time travel information across Essex travel networks has been launched by Essex County Council.

The free app aims to help people in Essex to plan their journeys and travel by foot, bike, bus and train anywhere in the county.

Providing real-time travel information, users are given detailed expected journey and departure times for bus services, including First, Arriva, Hedingham, and Stephensons, as well as Greater Anglia and C2C rail, National Rail and London Underground trains. It is hoped that the app can help make travelling in and around Essex become simpler, reports Essex Live.

The TravelEssex journey planning app has been launched to encourage residents to make sustainable journeys more frequently as part of Essex County Council’s Safer, Greener, Healthier approach to travel. It brings all sustainable travel options into one place for ease of use and with features such as live alerts, it will enable users to stay up to date with travel disruptions.

The new resource is part of a number of measures launched in response to the Essex Climate Action Commission’s report Net-Zero. The council hopes to make Essex Carbon Neutral and recognising the need to encourage more sustainable travel and help people to move away from using their car.

Transport is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK and Essex’s emissions are higher than the national average, despite the fact that 30 per cent of the population live less than 3 miles from their job, the council said. “Use of cars is not only hurting us environmentally but economically too. In 2017, more than £37bn in the UK was lost through traffic congestion,” it added.

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