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Essex County Council is pleased to announce a range of proposals to improve the highway and public realm within the Basildon Town Centre. Basildon Borough Council and Basildon Town Centre Management Company are already making a number of improvements to the Town Centre environment, which currently includes new paving and enhanced market within the area. Essex County Council was successful in acquiring Local Growth Funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) for highway related improvements, which will complement the works already being undertaken.
In 2012 Basildon Borough Council adopted a Masterplan for the Town Centre, which sets out the Council’s vision for the area, and the highway improvement proposals are a key part of delivering this vision. The highway improvements represent £6.2m of investment into the Town Centre.
Basildon Borough Council has secured £9.7 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to enable and support housing development within the town centre. This further complements the Basildon Town Centre Masterplan and the highway improvements to make a positive impact to the town centre environment. Key projects identified include the redevelopment of the former Post Office Block for mixed use development, increases in car park capacity and public realm improvements. Central to this is the re-landscaping of the routes connecting East Square to Great Oaks multi-storey car park. This in addition to the exciting changes already going on will help to make Basildon Town Centre a more vibrant and modern 21st Century town centre that will accommodate existing and future needs of residents and local businesses.
These changes will enable the formation of a new sustainable transport hub to make the area more attractive and accessible, and deter unnecessary traffic from the town centre. These proposals have been through a traffic modelling process to consider the impact on the Town Centre and wider highway network. This has identified some measures on the highway network that need to be implemented to aid the distribution of traffic.
The improvements include:
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