New TravelEssex website to encourage bus use
Essex County Council is to launch a website to encourage bus use in the county.
The initiative is part of its TravelEssex campaign, designed to help the transport network build back from Covid-19 and encourage people to swap from car to bus. The TravelEssex website will include all information relating to bus travel and a tool to help bus-users plan their journey.
A procurement process for a developer for the website is currently ongoing.
TravelEssex has been introduced to provide the network with a consistent, strong identity to build residents confidence in using bus services. Essex County Council has worked with bus operators and other partners and following feedback from residents the TravelEssex name was chosen. The name and logo is now appearing at bus stops and on buses in the county.
“We want people to use buses and we want the bus network to grow” – Cllr Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport and Highways maintenance
Cllr Lee Scott, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport and Highways maintenance, said: “We want people to use buses and we want the bus network to grow. This will be better for our roads, better for all travellers and better for the environment.
“We’ve got to make travelling by bus easier and to begin that process, we have pulled all bus services in Essex together under the TravelEssex identity. This is just the start, now we can work together with our partners to develop a website which will make it easier for residents to find information about Essex’s bus services and plan their journey.
“This partnership work contributes to ECC’s ‘Everyone’s Essex’ plan to tackle climate change, with sustainability sitting at the heart of our approach to safer, greener, healthier travel.”
Essex County Council is also currently reviewing the whole bus network and the council has sought views from residents, businesses and City, Borough and District Councils in Essex to identify opportunities for improvement across the network.