Proposals for a new multi-million pound widening project on the A12 have gone on show.
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Scores of us have flocked to the coast as temperatures here are hotter than Egypt.
The mercury peaked at 30C (86F) on Saturday, making it not only the hottest day recorded in October, but the third hottest of 2011.
Traffic was heavy across Essex as sunseekers packed their buckets and spades and headed towards holiday hot-spots.
Trafficlink communications manager Andrea Day said: ''Normally we would see this kind of traffic on a bank holiday weekend or a sunny weekend during the summer, so to see it at this time of year is really quite unusual.''
One of the longest queues was heading towards Southend, with vehicles stretching for 15 miles.
Hotels.com said it had experienced a 983% rise in searches to top British seaside destinations including Southend.
Two men have been jailed for a total of 40 years after an aggravated burglary in Essex, where a man was shot.
Anyone with information about an assault on a man in Chelmsford a month ago, which left him with serious head injuries, is being asked to come forward.
Essex's PCC is proposing a 3.25% increase in the Essex Police part of Council Tax.
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