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Better Queensway Project

Better Queensway is a long term project that will completely change the Queensway area in the coming years. This will be done through the creation of an improved and growing community made up of high quality housing, community facilities, early learning facilities, shops, and improvements to the public spaces, environment and road network.

As part of the project there is also the opportunity to alter the roads in the area to improve access from the housing to the rest of the town centre. The project will also seek to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

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Seaway Leisure

Turnstone Estates is making excellent progress with its exciting new destination and family leisure scheme at the Seaway Car Park in Southend. The regeneration proposal includes a state-of-the-art 11-screen Empire Cinemas complex with, 1,370 seats complete with Southend’s first IMAX screen. The scheme also includes, a Travelodge Hotel with 80 rooms, ten new restaurants and cafes, two indoor leisure units, a new public square and a multi-storey car park.

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Beaumont Court & Richmond House - Victoria Avenue Development

Behind it’s striking new facade and in what is set to become a landmark development in Southend, Beaumont Court & Richmond House offers not only a superior style of apartment, but a brighter way of life in the heart of Southend on Sea.

A collection of high specification one and two bedroom apartments, with many additional facilities exclusive to residents. These include:

  • Contemporary fitted kitchens with a range of integrated appliances
  • Stylish fitted bathrooms and selected apartments feature en-suites
  • Exclusive residents gymnasium
  • Exclusive residents rooftop garden
  • Concierge service
  • Lift access to all floors
  • Secure cycle parking

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Airport Business Park

A landmark development comprising an area of c. 20.88 hectares, Airport Business Park will be located immediately adjacent to London Southend Airport and just 2.3 miles from the modern passenger terminal building.

Airport Business Park provides a new vision for Southend, supporting the economic prosperity of the local and wider region. It will create employment and deliver a pioneering innovation centre for start-up businesses together with grow on space.

Airport Business Park Southend is intended to be a modern, high quality, business park with an environment consisting of contemporary high quality architecture set within a natural parkland setting, to provide a high quality environment to work within, that will remain highly attractive to businesses and their staff over the long term.

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GigaBit City Southend

Southend-on-Sea is home to a future-proof full-fibre network providing scalable, ultrafast connectivity to underpin the council’s ambitious digital strategy.

The new 90km network provides Southend-on-Sea Borough Council with a dark fibre platform from which they can upgrade the existing connectivity provided to 120 sites including schools, colleges and council offices.

As a Gigabit City, Southend will experience the benefits enjoyed by other CityFibre project cities. This infrastructure will enable the Council to deliver cost-effective and efficient digital public sector services, whilst catalysing business growth and inward investment. Mobile masts can be connected to the network to support upgrades to 4G and 5G services, and ultimately the network can provide a backbone for future deployments.

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Digital Working Group

Southend currently has a Digital Working Group headed by Murray Foster, made up of businesses, educational establishment and public sector representation.  The focus of this group is to support the development and extension of our digital and creative businesses.

For further details or if you wish to be part of this group, contact

Southend BID

Southend BID was formed in 2013 out of a very successful town centre partnership organisation – Southend Town Centre Partnership (STCP). Businesses voted with a firm yes for the Southend BID to to act on their behalf. Businesses expressed a strong desire to work together to ensure that the town centre and seafront can make the most of their combined potential and remain ahead of the competition.

Key Priorities of the BID include:

Putting you on the mapA safer place to beRaising the standardsA stronger voice

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Town-centre Redevelopment Improvement Project (TRIP)

The Town-centre Redevelopment Improvement Project is an application for DfT funding via the National Productivity Investment Fund to deliver £2.5 million of investment to key town centre locations. The purpose is to improve local access to the town centre, bus interchange and rail stations by redirecting car parking traffic, improving public realm and modifying the highway. The proposals facilitate a wider network redistribution by ensuring the most appropriate travel routes and smart guidance making the area more viable for new development opportunities.

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South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is the business-led, public/private body established to drive economic growth across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.  The South East LEP has backed projects across the area, including Southend Airport Business Park.

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Southend-on-Sea Economic Growth Strategy 2017-22

The Southend-on-Sea Economic Growth Strategy 2017-22 has been created to steer the activities undertaken by the Council in maximising the economic benefit to residents.

It proposes a revised approach to developing the local economy, ensuring that the power of economic growth is harnessed to improve every aspect of life in Southend; from healthcare to educational attainment. The Strategy sets the vision for the Southend Economy as:

“By 2022, the Southend economy will have addressed all areas of economic underperformance to emerge as the leading economy in South Essex. The benefits of our efforts will be reaped by businesses and residents as they thrive
in the new economy. Key characteristics of this success will include:

  • Job growth in key sectors and strengthened local supply chains
  • Increased average income and productivity
  • Improvement in educational attainment
  • High business start-up and survival rates
  • A resilient and diverse economy”

Find the Economic Growth Strategy here.

Find the Baseline data used to inform the strategy here.



London Southend Airport has been rated the best London terminal in the 2017 Which? Airport Passenger Survey.

With easy access to London, Southend and the rest of the South East via train and coach/bus links.  You can be in heart of London within an hour.

Flights arrive in London Southend Airport from all over Europe with further destinations being regularly announced.

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Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend and with ten stations around the Borough it's the easiest way to get in and around Southend.

  • London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness (c2c)
  • London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia).

Journey times approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour

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For details on the Greater Anglia visit


Two major roads - the A127 and A13 - link Southend to the M25.

  • From the north Southend is accessible via the A1, M11, M25 (Junction 29 - 20 miles) and A127.
  • From the south, Southend is reached via the M25 (Junction 30 - 26 miles) Dartford Tunnel and A13.


There are over 10,000 Council-managed car parking spaces in Southend. For coaches there is parking and other driver facilities at Seaway Coach Park, located on Lucy Road, Southend. Please note that the coach bays along the seafront are strictly for coaches to drop-off and pick-up passengers and must not be used for parking.

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An extensive network of buses operates between Southend Travel Centre, just off the High Street, in and around Southend and Essex.

Both Arriva and First Group run services. For more information visit Arriva and First Group websites.

Across the town significant investment has been made in upgrading the infrastructure of Southend-on-Sea, with major upgrading of the road and cycle networks.

Support for sustainable travel continues with the Ideas in Motion programme which offers free travel planning advice for residents and businesses alike.