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29 February 2024 Press Release

Greener resurfacing options explored during visit to manufacturing plant

Essex County Council Members visit state-of-the-art road maintenance facility to see the cost effectiveness behind greener road surfacing manufacturing.

Highways bosses were given a first-hand look at greener and more cost-effective road maintenance solutions during a visit to a manufacturing plant.

Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transport, Councillor Tom Cunningham, along with eight other County Councillors, joined council officers on a visit to Eurovia’s Thurrock base.

Eurovia’s plant was developed as a hub for manufacturing road surface treatment materials. These are being developed to deal with the increasing temperatures that road surfaces in the UK are now having to accommodate due to our changing climate.

During the visit, Essex County Council representatives were given a tour of the site and met senior leaders.

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28 February 2024 Press Release

Future approach to delivering highways service from April 2027 is approved by Cabinet

The new model will give more power to Essex County Council to ensure value for money for residents.

The preferred model for delivering a highways service from April 2027 has been approved by Essex County Council’s Cabinet.

The current highways service is delivered through an integrated partnership contract between the council and Ringway Jacobs (Essex Highways). This contract runs to the end of March 2027.

The preferred model approved by Cabinet – the mixed economy model – will build on the success of this.

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27 February 2024 Latest News

Finchingfield Bridge - planned daytime closures for repairs

Essex Highways will shortly be undertaking brickwork repairs to Finchingfield Bridge due to damage sustained from recent vehicle collisions.  This follows similar repairs that were carried out in October 2023 following a number of strikes earlier in the year.

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27 February 2024 Latest News

First phase of Chelmsford North East Bypass goes out to tender

Project will improve infrastructure to support planned growth to the north of Chelmsford.

Delivery of the first phase of a new north east bypass for Chelmsford has moved a step closer.

Essex County Council has gone out to tender for a contract to build the initial section of Chelmsford North East Bypass.

The bypass, together with the new railway station at Beaulieu Park, will provide important infrastructure to support planned housing and economic growth to the north of Chelmsford.

The first section of the bypass will connect with Beaulieu Parkway in the south, providing access to the A12 at Boreham Interchange via the recently opened Generals Lane Bridge.

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22 February 2024 Latest News

Spending plan revealed for £12 million Essex Highways boost

Enforcement, resurfacing and rural roads are just some of the areas benefitting from Essex Highways’ additional funds.

An extra £12 million allocated to Essex Highways will fund several priority areas for residents.

The funding boost was approved by Essex County Council at its recent Full Council meeting as part of the 2024/25 budget.

In addition to its normal yearly budget, the extra money will ensure Essex Highways continues delivering the council’s priority to enable safer, greener and healthier travel across the county.

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22 February 2024 Latest News

Advanced Vegetation Clearance works being undertaken for Harlow 9

Advanced vegetation clearance works are being undertaken this week between Elizabeth Way and Netteswell Orchard to remove overgrown vegetation along the scheme route ahead of the main works which is scheduled for April.

The advanced works are being undertaken now to avoid bird nesting season and mitigate delays to the main works programme.

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13 February 2024 Latest News

Bunny Walks main improvement works nearing completion

Works on the Bunny Walks cycleway between Victoria Road and Hillview Road in Chelmsford are continuing to progress well.

New pictures of the cycleway show the progress so far including resurfacing of much of the route and new tactile paving. It is hoped the project will be completed by the end of the month when the finished cycleway will provide an improved ride quality and safety for both walkers and people on bikes.

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13 February 2024 Latest News

£12 million funding boost for roads, pavements and potholes across Essex

Additional funding for Essex Highways was announced at Essex County Council’s Full Council meeting.

Extra funding for the county’s roads, pavements and potholes was announced today (Tuesday 13 February) as part of Essex County Council’s 2024/25 budget.

The council’s budget and annual plan were presented to councillors at its Full Council meeting, where it was approved.

The £12 million is to be allocated across different areas, including over £8 million for additional crews for each borough, city and district who will prioritise repairs raised by local councillors.

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12 February 2024 Advance Notice

Overnight surveys - Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package

A series of overnight surveys are taking place on Van Diemans Road, Princes Road, Baddow Road and Meadgate Avenue. The surveys, which started on Tuesday 20 February, will run until Thursday 29 February and be carried out in various locations during that time.

Essex and Suffolk Water are conducting the surveys, which are required to help inform future diversion works as part of the proposed Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package.

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12 February 2024 Highways Highlights

Highways Highlights - January 2024

The January edition of Highways Highlights has now been published.

The newsletter for all things highway in Essex.

In this edition:

  • Essex Highways on hand as storms Henk and Isha hit the county
  • 90% increase in potholes repaired in 2023 compared to previous year
  • Colchester rapid transit system makes good progress

and more...

Read this Highways Highlights edition.

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