Hospital transport

23rd January 2017

Local MP, Priti Patel, and Witham Town Council are calling on Essex County Council (ECC) and Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust (MEHT) to work together to install a new bus route for patients and relatives to Broomfield Hospital from Witham. Priti commented:

“Witham is the only major town in Essex to not have a direct bus link to a Hospital. Town residents often tell me how difficult they find travelling to Broomfield to either attend appointments or visit loved ones.

With a growing and ageing population, Witham’s demand for better access to Broomfield is increasing. Having no transport provision is totally inadequate and ultimately wastes taxpayers money as the elderly, vulnerable and those most in need of healthcare cannot afford the substantial cost of a taxi to attend appointments made for them by their GP.

I now expect ECC, MEHT and local transport providers to come together and agree on a new bus route which will improve patient access for the Town.”

Councillor Angela Killmartin, who chaired the recent Improving Witham Healthcare Facilities Working Group meeting, said:

“My colleagues on the Town Council and I have long insisted on a new bus route that links the Town to Broomfield. It is imperative for staff, patients and visitors.

As a society, we simply cannot expect Witham residents to continue to struggle to attend Hospital appointments, see their relatives or get to work. We must get this transport link to improve access for all of Witham’s residents.”

A12/A120 Consultations

Strategic Road Network Consultations

There are two important consultations running at the moment on key strategic road infrastructure improvements - the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the A120. Priti has been campaigning to secure new investment in these roads and has welcomed the consultations taking place. Members of the public can review the proposals for the A12 and A120 at the weblinks below, attend consultation events, and respond to the consultation. Feel free to also contact Priti by email to: WithamMP@parliament.uk with your views too.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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