Essex

Essex County Council: Budget investments in roads and transport

County Hall in Chelmsford
Image caption Essex County Council is freezing its part of the council tax bill

A £272m budget, which includes investment in roads, transport and school places, has been backed by councillors in Essex.

The Essex County Council plans include £10m over two years for changes to the A120 and Chelmsford north east bypass.

The council also plans to spend £32m on local bus routes, community transport and concessionary bus passes for the elderly and disabled.

It aims to create an additional 3,000 primary school places costing £79m.

The Conservative-controlled authority has frozen its part of the council tax bill.

The council's government grant has been cut by £49m.

It has had to save £450m over the past four years.

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