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Cyclists to benefit from widened Balkerne Hill bridge

21 December 2016

Work on the installation of the replacement Balkerne Hill bridge will begin in early January 2017.  
The footbridge, which links areas to the West of Balkerne Hill through Balkerne Gate to the town centre, will be replaced with a widened bridge to safely accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians with a new shared footway/cycleway facility.  
The Balkerne Hill bridge improvement works form part of a £50 million investment in cycle, bus and road infrastructure across Colchester aimed at supporting future economic and housing growth in the area.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The footbridge is a popular route for pedestrians, although cyclists wishing to use this route currently need to dismount in order to pass over the bridge safely.
“These changes will improve bridge accessibility for cyclists and reflects Essex County Council’s commitment to encourage cycling across the county, bringing benefits to individuals and enabling the road network to manage the demands of Colchester’s housing and business growth.”
Work is due to start in early January and is targeted for completion by March 2017. It will be necessary for the bridge to be closed for approximately one month during the works, details of which will be advertised on site with details of a diversion for pedestrians.  Details will also be published on the Essex Highways website.
The work will also include alterations to the adjacent footways and the installation of new cycle route directional signs.