Council secures £1.7m funding to make town centre road improvements

Published Friday, 27th October 2017

Plans for High Street Improvment

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been awarded £1.7m of Government funding from the Department of Transport.

The ‘National Productivity Investment Funding’ (NPIF) will be used to carry out £2.5m of road improvements in key town centre locations, including improving right turn access to Warrior Square and Tylers Avenue car parks and providing better car parking signage around the town.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Cleansing, says: “I am delighted that once again we have secured national funding to deliver local improvements and I would like to say well done to all the officers involved in putting the successful bid together.

“This project will help improve local access to the town centre by redirecting car parking traffic through better signage and making minor changes to roads that will deliver real tangible improvements.

“The project will also utilise ‘smart’ technology to help drivers navigate around the town centre, improve the public areas around the travel interchange at Southend Victoria station and improve connections between the bus and rail stations. We also believe this will help to reduce congestion, thus reducing journey times and improving air quality.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said “SELEP warmly welcomes the £18m of NPIF investment in schemes across Essex, Southend and Kent. These schemes, endorsed and championed by SELEP, will support local economic growth by reducing congestion and improving business efficiency”.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is one of a number of local highway authorities in England, outside London, which have been successful in bidding for funding. In total the funding will enable projects worth more than £527 million to go ahead, with £345.3 million of the Department’s funding.

The National Productivity Investment Fund aims to ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional or local routes to help unlock economic and job opportunities or enable the delivery of vital new housing developments. There is £244 million of funding for 76 projects.