In South Essex the transport network, especially highways, operate over capacity. This has significant impact on productivity and movement. The authorities want to rebalance modal priorities in favour of active and sustainable modes and deliver a decarbonised, integrated public transport system. Walking, cycling and greener public transport will become the most appealing and practical choice. These will be supported by quality placemaking initiatives improving public realm, regeneration and community led initiatives.

There are a number of guiding principles underpinning South Essex’s approach:

  • Enhancing and connecting local places to reflect the distinctiveness of communities.
  • Supporting healthier lifestyles by connecting places at a human scale.
  • Reducing the need for travel by the private car, providing attractive and safer routes for active travel while aggressively reducing emissions with the aim for South Essex to become Carbon Neutral ahead of national targets.
  • Laying foundations for future working practices by improving connections between existing and future residential and employment areas, supporting logistics and advanced manufacturing sector by creating new opportunities to integrate these land uses and reducing the need to travel.
  • Supporting access to local services, particularly health and education, by active modes and public transport.