Priority areas for improving the transport network in Colchester for the next 30 years have been identified following a top level meeting to between Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.
A recent meeting between the two councils has highlighted the following as priority actions:
- North Station Roundabout – investigating potential options to improve the flow of vehicles, buses and cyclists through this gateway junction to the town centre
- Colchester Zoo and Warren Lane – improving access to the zoo and tackling congestion at the Heckford Bridge junction
- Improving connectivity on the A133 route following recent improvements along Colne Bank Avenue
- Improvements to Queen Street to tie in with new retail and leisure opportunities now being planned
- Planning a long term vision for the High Street following a review of the improvements introduced a few years ago to reduce through traffic from the road including dealing with residual problems at Lewis Gardens
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, said: “We recognise that there are many competing demands for improvements on Colchester’s transport networks, but the latest meeting has produced agreement on the early projects we need to consider. There is a need to both develop a long-term plan whilst simultaneously keeping in step with changes that are upon us already such as new developments. It is vital we work collaboratively to create a joined up transport network to help Colchester thrive.”
Cllr Paul Smith, Leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: “This latest meeting showed a great deal of harmony in our thinking. Now that we are pressing ahead with our Local Plan vision, we need to agree the early priorities that both authorities need to concentrate on, to reduce the burden congestion has on residents and businesses alike – such as resolving the U-turn issues at Lewis Gardens – and provide the means that will enable the Borough to accommodate growth in the most sustainable ways possible over the coming years.”
Officers from both authorities will now start discussing how the priority projects can be developed, including options and consultations with the public.