Essex Highways wraps up winter service

Essex Highways is wrapping up its winter service following the wettest recorded winter in 130 years.  High levels of rainfall brought challenges such as frozen conditions and icy roads.  This winter crews have: The county’s gritters will return for the 2024/25 winter season later this year. This starts in late October when temperatures begin to […]

Transport Safety Officer pilot launched in Essex

A pilot project that will see traffic officers deployed on public transport around Essex is set to be launched this month. Essex County Council has launched the pilot Transport Safety Officers (TSOs) initiative alongside Thurrock Council and Southend-on-Sea Council. Six officers have now trained and began their roles this month. They aim to make public […]

Essex DigiGo service extended to March 2026

The Essex County Council on-demand public transport service DigiGo will run until at least March 2026. DigiGo first launched in April 2022 as part of a two-year pilot scheme. This was funded by the Department for Transport’s Rural Mobility Fund. The on-demand service currently operates in parts of Essex. Following the extension, the service will […]

Essex’s Sustainable Transport Team recognised at national awards

A new, door-to-door digital, journey-planning tool has won first place at a national awards ceremony. The “All Roads Lead from Home” project has been developed by our Sustainable Transport Team in collaboration with You. Smart. Thing. It bridges the gap for residents of ten housing developments with a postcode that isn’t yet recognised on standard mapping tools.  […]

£121m for road maintenance in Essex

Essex County Council has said it to is set to receive £121 million of Government funding for road repairs and resurfacing between now and 2034, following last week’s government announcement of an extra £8.3bn over 11-year’s for highway authorities.   The funding has been reallocated to local Authorities across England from the HS2 scheme. The […]

New transport safety officers for Essex

Front-line safety officers will be rolled out in Essex to help stamp out anti-social behaviour on public transport. As part of a partnership including Thurrock Council and Southend-on-Sea City Council, Essex County Council has been awarded £490,000 by the Department for Transport (DfT). This will fund a pilot to recruit, vet, train and deploy six […]

£800,000 to help Essex schoolchildren get on their bikes

Essex County Council has secured a grant of £800,000 to provide cycle training to primary school children. Funding will be used over the next two years. It comes from Bikeability Trust UK, which administers the national Bikeability programme. This is on behalf of Active Travel England. Bikeability is the government’s national cycle training programme. It gives […]

Trial of new approach to fixing potholes in Essex

A new method of filling in potholes and cracks in roads is being trialled in Essex. Essex Highways is trialling the new method in Colchester and Tendring. At the moment, the council repairs potholes by cutting out the surrounding road surface. Hot asphalt is then poured into the defect and compacted to fix it. Roadmender […]

Essex County Council starts early engagement for future highways provision

Essex County Council has started the early engagement process for provision of its highways services. The council’s current Highways Strategic Transformation Contract (Highways Contract) ends on the 31st March 2027 with no further option to extend. “Therefore, the Council has started on our journey of discovery, regarding how the Highways Service provision could evolve and […]

Essex County Council starts consultation on cycle networks

Residents are being invited to take part in a survey on walking and cycling networks in Essex. The council is asking residents their views on the development of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). The routes will guide and inform the future direction of the council’s active travel strategy. LCWIPs help create coherent cycling […]


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