Revised proposals are being drawn up for improvement works to Lexden Road, Colchester, following feedback received from a public information event held recently.
The new plans to improve traffic flows, which are set to go out to formal consultation in the coming months, include:
- Improvements to the London Road/Straight Road junction
- Improvements to the Norman Way junction with Lexden Road
- Introduction of a 'no waiting' zone adjacent to the Lexden Crown public house
- New bus laybys to assist with school and regular bus services
- New or adapted crossings
- Improvements to the approach to the Maldon Road roundabout
Previous plans had suggested an eastbound bus lane, towards the town centre, and a shared footway/cycleway along the south side of Lexden Road. These proposals were originally triggered by study work undertaken by Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council a number of years ago. The study work had explored potential improvements to the corridor in the light of significant development schemes to the west of Colchester.
A successful bid was submitted to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership in April 2014 and £5million of funding for improvements was allocated within the July 2014 “Growth Deal”, to include this work, of which some £2.4 million was attributed to the Lexden Road corridor.
An information event was subsequently held with elected councillors in Colchester, both County and Borough, to allow any issues to be raised. A public information event was then held on Monday, 13 June 2016 for local residents. Following feedback from this event, the Council re-examined the plans and asked for new options to be explored.
The suggested bus lane and shared cycleway/footway along Lexden Road have now been abandoned.
Cllr Rodney Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I have always been keen to ensure that any proposals balance the need to manage current traffic flows and cater for future growth in west Colchester with the views of local residents.
“Colchester is the fastest-growing town in Essex and we must ensure that our highways funding and infrastructure supports this economic and housing growth.
“We said that a decision had not been made for a bus lane in Lexden Road, and having listened to local councillors and residents, I believe there is merit in now proceeding urgently with these revised options, subject to formal consultation."