We need investment in our Colchester roads – now!

Essex County Standard: We need investment in our Colchester roads – now! We need investment in our Colchester roads – now!

COLCHESTER desperately needs its long-awaited park and ride scheme to ease town centre congestion, a business leader has said.

Essex County Council still hopes to have the scheme under way by next December, but has suffered a serious setback with the failure of a Government funding bid for the project.

To pave the way for the park and ride scheme, County Hall has now brought back two key parts of the controversial High Street traffic scheme it aborted after a public outcry in April.

The routes up North Hill and from the High Street into Queen Street are now buses-only once again.

Essex Federation of Small Businesses chairman Iain Wicks, said he accepted the new bus lanes in the town centre had eased central congestion.

However, he felt the move had increased delays on surrounding routes, such as Cowdray Avenue.

The root cause, he added, was a lack of investment in its roads, going back a generation.

He explained: “Colchester is a town in desperate need of infrastructure and investment.

“It hasn’t had anything meaningful for at least 20 or so years.

“Park and ride is a critical thing which is going to be crucial to the town’s future.

“The traffic restrictions on the High Street have, no doubt, caused one or two issues in some areas, but it has reduced them in others.”

Despite the funding setback, County Hall is still saying it hopes to have its park and ride centre open to the north of the town at Cuckoo Farm, in a year’s time.

Mr Wicks said town centre businesses seemed reasonably satisfied with the bus lane changes, since delivery vehicles could still get along the High Street, which had not been the case under the aborted scheme.

County Hall is due to start fresh consultations on the latest changes in the new year.

A spokesman said: “These orders have been implemented on an experimental basis, so we are able to monitor the impact of the scheme and make amendments as appropriate.

“Monitoring of traffic flow is ongoing and traffic surveys are due to be carried out next week.

“The Christmas period will have an impact on the network, which will be monitored.”

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8:43am Fri 20 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

This has been an issue for 30-40 years and whilst each and every responsible (sic) council decided just to make life more difficult for road users (bus lanes, reduced lanes, one way systems, reduced parking, obstructive traffic lights, expensive public transport, etc) the issues have compounded.
This has been an issue for 30-40 years and whilst each and every responsible (sic) council decided just to make life more difficult for road users (bus lanes, reduced lanes, one way systems, reduced parking, obstructive traffic lights, expensive public transport, etc) the issues have compounded. No! I am Spartacus

11:04am Fri 20 Dec 13

Checkout says...

Patience, patience please. We will get it as soon as it can be afforded after the City Of Chelmsford's third park and ride is completed. ECC works for you.
Patience, patience please. We will get it as soon as it can be afforded after the City Of Chelmsford's third park and ride is completed. ECC works for you. Checkout

2:07pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Angry Parent Colchester says...

“The traffic restrictions on the High Street have, no doubt, caused one or two issues in some areas, but it has reduced them in others.”

So, in other words, it's solved nothing!
“The traffic restrictions on the High Street have, no doubt, caused one or two issues in some areas, but it has reduced them in others.” So, in other words, it's solved nothing! Angry Parent Colchester

3:43pm Fri 20 Dec 13

AngryManNewTown says...

There are too many Colchester Borough Councilors that are also on the ECC. It means that they are not able to focus on Colchester and their own local issues. They should not be able to serve on both councils, they should either focus on Colchester or Essex make a choice!!
There are too many Colchester Borough Councilors that are also on the ECC. It means that they are not able to focus on Colchester and their own local issues. They should not be able to serve on both councils, they should either focus on Colchester or Essex make a choice!! AngryManNewTown

7:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

angryman!!! says...

As mentioned it is clear Colchester is not on the county halls high list, Chelmsford is always there main priority and then Southend, Basildon etc
As mentioned it is clear Colchester is not on the county halls high list, Chelmsford is always there main priority and then Southend, Basildon etc angryman!!!

7:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

It's beyond all hope.
It's beyond all hope. stevedawson

10:42am Sat 21 Dec 13

Taj says...

I no longer use the town centre
I no longer use the town centre Taj

5:50pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Jess Jephcott says...

This is our penalty for voting in a LibDem MP. Chelmsford doesn't like it when we don't toe the line. The sooner we go unitary the better. Let us run our own affairs and stick two fingers up to the Chelmsford Tories.
This is our penalty for voting in a LibDem MP. Chelmsford doesn't like it when we don't toe the line. The sooner we go unitary the better. Let us run our own affairs and stick two fingers up to the Chelmsford Tories. Jess Jephcott

7:04pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Might as well be a unitary authority as most people put the blame on Colchester Council even if Essex County Council is responsible. Also it would ensure councillors had no one else to point the finger at. It would only be fair that the council tax we pay in Colchester goes to benefit local residents rather than being diverted to prop up other towns.,
Might as well be a unitary authority as most people put the blame on Colchester Council even if Essex County Council is responsible. Also it would ensure councillors had no one else to point the finger at. It would only be fair that the council tax we pay in Colchester goes to benefit local residents rather than being diverted to prop up other towns., Hamiltonandy

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