Consultations In Essex

Welcome to the Essex County Council consultation portal. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you in Essex. Public participation is very important to the development of our services, projects and policies, so please have your say.

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Closed Consultations
Basildon Town Centre - Highway and Regeneration Improvements
Chelmsford Park & Ride Consultation
Local Bus Consultation 2019
Bus Service Consultation Consultation on ECC funded bus service 441
Bus Service Consultation on ECC funded bus service 11
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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

Essex County Council, (ECC), used to fund service 322 from Old Harlow Post Office to Newport and Saffron Walden secondary Schools, one morning and one evening journey Monday – Friday, school days only.


In January 2018 Stephenson’s of Essex incorporated this ECC funded journey (Old Harlow – Little Hallingbury), into their commercial 441 Takeley to Saffron Walden service.This contract (Old Harlow – Little Hallingbury section of the route), was due for renewal in July 2018 and the cost per passenger exceeded £5.00 for this section of the journey.

Under the County Council’s policy for bus service support it will not usually support services where the cost exceeds £5.00.

The Proposal was as only one passenger appeared to be travelling on the ECC funded section of the route, it was proposed that the section be removed and the commercial 441 service revert back to its previous timetable (i.e. Takeley to Saffron Walden High School).

The consultation therefore put forward the following question: Would you like to see the service revert to its previous route?

You Said

Key conclusions

Respondent themed responses said they did not want to see services cut and stated the withdrawal would not affect them

We Did

Notification of withdrawal from 31 July 2018

As only one passenger was using this service and 6 out of 8 responders indicated they would like to go back to the previous route, it was recommend and agreed that the ECC supported section of the route (Old Harlow to Little Hallingbury) should be withdrawn due to very low usage.

We Asked

Service 11 operates Monday to Friday with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC). ECC considered amending the Monday – Friday timetable and carried out a public consultation regarding this proposal between 28 November 2018 and 02 January 2019. 

Due to congestion around Severalls Business Park and Colchester North Station in the late afternoon and evening, ECC proposed amending the existing timetable with the aim of improving reliability.

The Proposal 

  • The timings of some the morning journeys to be slightly adjusted
  • Journey times in the evening to be longer and as a result the number of journeys to be reduced to provide more running time.

The consultation therefore put forward the following question: Would you like to see the service revert to its previous route? 

You Said

Key conclusions

A high number of responses said they agreed with the changes. 

We Did

Summary

On the basis of the outcome of the consultation, it was agreed to amend the timetable in accordance with the proposal.

Final Decision

The new timetable will come into operation on Monday 18 March, stakeholders have been informed.

We Asked

Introduction

Service 381 operates Monday to Saturdays with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC). ECC considered amending the Monday – Friday timetable and carried out a public consultation regarding this proposal for 6 weeks between 16 October 2018 and 26 November 2018


Due to low passenger numbers in the early morning and late afternoon period, ECC looked at ways to increase patronage on the 381 service and proposed to make the changes below.

The service to start at 6:55 from Coopersale to Epping Station with another run at 07:25, the timetable will then resume the current operation from Coopersale to Harlow from 7:55. The last two journeys of the day will operate between Epping Station - Coopersale at 18:05 and 18:30.

The consultation therefore put forward the following question: Would you like to see the service revert to its previous route?

You Said

Key conclusions

Respondent themed responses said they did not want to see services change and a number of respondents stated the withdrawal would affect them, there routine and community.

We Did

Summary

On the basis of the outcome of the consultation, it was agreed to take no action at this time.

Final Decision

As the comments from the survey were not conclusive, Essex County Council has decided to take no action following the consultation. The running of the service will be monitored further and Officers propose to meet with Local Parish Councils over the coming months to see how the current service can be improved for local residents.