Basildon council are supporting the reduction of a 70mph speed limit to 50mph just before the Fortune of War Junction to the A127 Pound Lane Junction.
The council are backing the measures in order to tackle poor air quality. Any speed limits under 70mph within the area will remain the same, while the new limit will be enforced through the use of average speed cameras.
The committee also supported plans to introduce a clean air zone where the council will be able to take specific actions to improve air quality. The designated zone will be surrounding the same stretch of the A127 as the change in speed limit and include the Pipps Hill and Burnt Mill industrial estates, reports the Basildon Echo.
Within the zone, the council will be able to issue fines for cars found to have their engine idling and they will offer businesses advice and support on upgrading to cleaner vehicles, installing electric charging points and encouraging their staff to travel more sustainably.
The Basildon Echo reports that while the authority does have the option to introduce a charge to motorists travelling within the zone, they agreed not to do this as it could have a “detrimental health impact” on residents caused by traffic diverting through nearby residential areas
Other changes will include improvements to cycle routes and public transport and an increase in charging points for electric cars.