Local people are being asked to share their views on Essex’s road and transport network – from the condition of roads and footways to the quality of cycling facilities.
The responses, from individual households chosen at random, will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England and Scotland as part of the National Highways and Transport (NHT) Public Satisfaction survey.
Essex County Council is one of 112 Local Authorities to sign up to a standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Clacton or Cornwall.
The survey, which is being run for the tenth year is the largest collaboration between Local Authorities offering the opportunity to compare results, share in best practice and identify further opportunities to work together in the future.
The questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of at least 6,000 of Essex’s residents this week, followed by a reminder, with local and national results to be published in mid-October 2017. Since the survey is based on a sample, residents that receive a copy are being urged to take part.
Cllr Ian Grundy, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The Council invests millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money into the road and transport network every year.
“It is vital to ensure the public are getting value for money and that is why we continue to participate in the NHT survey, which provides an independent reflection of the public’s opinion on roads and transport services in Essex.
“This year we have secured funding for major road infrastructure, like Junction 7a and Junction 8 on the M11; we have completed a record-breaking amount of road surfacing to improve roads for drivers; and we have upgraded Park and Ride buses and routes to ensure we can keep Essex moving.
“If you receive one of these surveys at random through the post, please help us by giving your views to help shape what we prioritise in the years ahead.”
Essex County Council invested £66 million into road improvements over the past year.
Last year Essex Highways completed a record 3.24 million square metres of road surfacing to improve the condition of Essex roads. A detailed map of this year’s planned resurfacing is already available online.
The Council has committed to upgrading 42,000 streetlights to energy-saving LED lamps. This includes trials of new LED lamps which have the potential to monitor pollution and create Wi-Fi hotspots.
Park and Ride users were this year treated to new buses in Chelmsford and a new Colchester General Hospital stop in Colchester.