Colchester North Station congestion petition tops 3,500 signatures

Essex County Standard: (left to right) Sheena Brown, Martin Goss, Shaun Boughton and Ray Gamble and Sue Golby. (left to right) Sheena Brown, Martin Goss, Shaun Boughton and Ray Gamble and Sue Golby.

A PETITION to lobby County Hall into taking action to relieve congestion at Colchester’s North Station junction attracted about 2,500 more signatures when it was taken out into the community.

The campaign was launched online before Christmas by Mile End residents Trish Alford and Dominic Graham and already had several hundred names on it.

But when it was taken to Asda, at Turner Rise Retail Park, on Saturday and Sunday, it attracted a huge response and now has 3,250 signatures.

Residents claim congestion is a daily occurrence around the station and retail park.

Mr Graham, who is also a Myland community councillor, said: “The feedback from people was overwhelming.

“I was struck by how supportive people were.

“I did have a couple of people say they would have to sign it quickly before the queue built up, which backs up exactly what we are saying.

“We were taken aback by how well we did.”

It has not yet been decided at which point the petition will be handed over to Essex County Council.

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I'd be interested to see what Mr Goss and his friends suggest could be done to reduce congestion.
I'd be interested to see what Mr Goss and his friends suggest could be done to reduce congestion. Ritchie_Hicks

3:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

jim_bo says...

Too late Mr Goss, but you jump on that band wagon.

It's not like there's going to be thousands more cars and homes is there.... Oh oops!
Too late Mr Goss, but you jump on that band wagon. It's not like there's going to be thousands more cars and homes is there.... Oh oops! jim_bo

3:23pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

I am a strong advocate of calling for improvements in and around North Station and agree it's the county council who are responsible for highways.

However, lets not forget, over the last Ten years or so, CBC and in particular, the planning committee have been, and still are instrumental in allowing massive housing developments in Mile End as well as building the stadium and fully supporting the new A12 junction and forthcoming Park and Ride without any consideration for improvements to this bottle neck of a junction.

Interesting to note that Ray Gamble, now petitioning for improvements, was chair of the planning committee when many of the developments were pushed through the planning process. What a strange world we live in!

So let's not just blame ECC because CBC don't come out of this smelling of roses, they have not considered those who are affected by what is a disaster of a junction which residents and commuters have complained about for many years.

Unfortunately, it will only get worse once a direct route to the A12 is opened up when the NAR 3 opens in the summer and when they close off a lane for P&R buses once the P&R has been built.
I am a strong advocate of calling for improvements in and around North Station and agree it's the county council who are responsible for highways. However, lets not forget, over the last Ten years or so, CBC and in particular, the planning committee have been, and still are instrumental in allowing massive housing developments in Mile End as well as building the stadium and fully supporting the new A12 junction and forthcoming Park and Ride without any consideration for improvements to this bottle neck of a junction. Interesting to note that Ray Gamble, now petitioning for improvements, was chair of the planning committee when many of the developments were pushed through the planning process. What a strange world we live in! So let's not just blame ECC because CBC don't come out of this smelling of roses, they have not considered those who are affected by what is a disaster of a junction which residents and commuters have complained about for many years. Unfortunately, it will only get worse once a direct route to the A12 is opened up when the NAR 3 opens in the summer and when they close off a lane for P&R buses once the P&R has been built. Say It As It Is OK?

4:01pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.
Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too. Jess Jephcott

4:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Red Tape 2 says...

Or More houses = More cars - so why do CBC keep approving more applications when they know the roads can't cope already?
Or More houses = More cars - so why do CBC keep approving more applications when they know the roads can't cope already? Red Tape 2

4:18pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.
You drive a car. Are you prepared to give it up?
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.[/p][/quote]You drive a car. Are you prepared to give it up? Ritchie_Hicks

4:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Red Tape 2 says...

One simple improvement - phase the pedestrian crossing lights outside Wickes so that in order to cross the road you don't need to stop the traffic twice! During busy times people cross from Wickes to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the station side side. Meanwhile people starting from the station side cross to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the Wickes side. It effectively means the traffic is being stopped twice in each direction for each set of pedestrians needing to cross.
One simple improvement - phase the pedestrian crossing lights outside Wickes so that in order to cross the road you don't need to stop the traffic twice! During busy times people cross from Wickes to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the station side side. Meanwhile people starting from the station side cross to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the Wickes side. It effectively means the traffic is being stopped twice in each direction for each set of pedestrians needing to cross. Red Tape 2

4:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Red Tape 2 says...

I'll happily give up me car when:-

1. Public Transport is cheaper than driving
2. Public Transport is convenient
3. Public Transport is reliable
4. I get a refund on the tax, MOT and insurance costs I pay if I use the car or not

Not going to happen is it :-(
I'll happily give up me car when:- 1. Public Transport is cheaper than driving 2. Public Transport is convenient 3. Public Transport is reliable 4. I get a refund on the tax, MOT and insurance costs I pay if I use the car or not Not going to happen is it :-( Red Tape 2

4:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Red Tape 2 wrote:
One simple improvement - phase the pedestrian crossing lights outside Wickes so that in order to cross the road you don't need to stop the traffic twice! During busy times people cross from Wickes to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the station side side. Meanwhile people starting from the station side cross to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the Wickes side. It effectively means the traffic is being stopped twice in each direction for each set of pedestrians needing to cross.
Can't disagree with that.
[quote][p][bold]Red Tape 2[/bold] wrote: One simple improvement - phase the pedestrian crossing lights outside Wickes so that in order to cross the road you don't need to stop the traffic twice! During busy times people cross from Wickes to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the station side side. Meanwhile people starting from the station side cross to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the Wickes side. It effectively means the traffic is being stopped twice in each direction for each set of pedestrians needing to cross.[/p][/quote]Can't disagree with that. Ritchie_Hicks

10:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Top-Gun says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.
I am in with Jephcott
£100 Million green ones, where on earth is that kind of money going to come from?
Arthur Daily?
Please give it a rest you lot, the County has just lost £1 Million out of the pot in the Nurburgring free for all around Colchester High Street:
Then there is about another £1.5 Million in the On Off, On Off, On, fiasco: with the Racing Lines, Oh So Sorry!!! "Bus Lanes":
Looking at some of those waist lines, I would say good old Ford Two Legs or Shank's Pony is in order:
Get a back pack and carry your shopping home, we are at war for crying out loud:
It beggars belief where some of these people come from, The Land Of Milk & Honey?
£100 Million needs to go to Headley Court, where are lads are trying to get around with issues and bodily function:
I find it totally repugnant that jolly Colchester clicks its fingers and gets a silly Art Centre.
And Now its Oh I think I will have a Multi Multi Million £££££ Road extravaganza.
Get out and walk.
The only thing I feel sorry for, is that Ambulances cant get to the hospital quick enough around there, because of all the Tubs Of L**D trying to get to TesDa!

To solve that matter we need a an Emergency Vehicle Lane and Cyclists Only! Large White Stripes, Loads Of Signage and Plenty Of Cameras To dish out loads of fines:
£100 Million you are having a laugh all 3500 of you.
You sell your houses to pay for it all of you who signed for it?
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.[/p][/quote]I am in with Jephcott £100 Million green ones, where on earth is that kind of money going to come from? Arthur Daily? Please give it a rest you lot, the County has just lost £1 Million out of the pot in the Nurburgring free for all around Colchester High Street: Then there is about another £1.5 Million in the On Off, On Off, On, fiasco: with the Racing Lines, Oh So Sorry!!! "Bus Lanes": Looking at some of those waist lines, I would say good old Ford Two Legs or Shank's Pony is in order: Get a back pack and carry your shopping home, we are at war for crying out loud: It beggars belief where some of these people come from, The Land Of Milk & Honey? £100 Million needs to go to Headley Court, where are lads are trying to get around with issues and bodily function: I find it totally repugnant that jolly Colchester clicks its fingers and gets a silly Art Centre. And Now its Oh I think I will have a Multi Multi Million £££££ Road extravaganza. Get out and walk. The only thing I feel sorry for, is that Ambulances cant get to the hospital quick enough around there, because of all the Tubs Of L**D trying to get to TesDa! To solve that matter we need a an Emergency Vehicle Lane and Cyclists Only! Large White Stripes, Loads Of Signage and Plenty Of Cameras To dish out loads of fines: £100 Million you are having a laugh all 3500 of you. You sell your houses to pay for it all of you who signed for it? Top-Gun

9:35am Thu 16 Jan 14

grey_lady says...

I don't think the congestion is to bad - it would be a lot worse if it was taken down to one lane.
I don't think the congestion is to bad - it would be a lot worse if it was taken down to one lane. grey_lady

3:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ecc tax payer says...

take the traffic lights off the Asda roundabout - the whole purpose of a roundabout is to keep traffic flowing - the lights are out of snyc and therefore cause more congestion then necessary,
take the traffic lights off the Asda roundabout - the whole purpose of a roundabout is to keep traffic flowing - the lights are out of snyc and therefore cause more congestion then necessary, ecc tax payer

8:50pm Thu 16 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Top-Gun wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.
I am in with Jephcott
£100 Million green ones, where on earth is that kind of money going to come from?
Arthur Daily?
Please give it a rest you lot, the County has just lost £1 Million out of the pot in the Nurburgring free for all around Colchester High Street:
Then there is about another £1.5 Million in the On Off, On Off, On, fiasco: with the Racing Lines, Oh So Sorry!!! "Bus Lanes":
Looking at some of those waist lines, I would say good old Ford Two Legs or Shank's Pony is in order:
Get a back pack and carry your shopping home, we are at war for crying out loud:
It beggars belief where some of these people come from, The Land Of Milk & Honey?
£100 Million needs to go to Headley Court, where are lads are trying to get around with issues and bodily function:
I find it totally repugnant that jolly Colchester clicks its fingers and gets a silly Art Centre.
And Now its Oh I think I will have a Multi Multi Million £££££ Road extravaganza.
Get out and walk.
The only thing I feel sorry for, is that Ambulances cant get to the hospital quick enough around there, because of all the Tubs Of L**D trying to get to TesDa!

To solve that matter we need a an Emergency Vehicle Lane and Cyclists Only! Large White Stripes, Loads Of Signage and Plenty Of Cameras To dish out loads of fines:
£100 Million you are having a laugh all 3500 of you.
You sell your houses to pay for it all of you who signed for it?
Here here!
[quote][p][bold]Top-Gun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Er. Less cars = less congestion. It's not rocket science. What is it that these people don't understand about this simple truth? Do they think that County Hall has a magic wand? Perhaps they believe in fairies too.[/p][/quote]I am in with Jephcott £100 Million green ones, where on earth is that kind of money going to come from? Arthur Daily? Please give it a rest you lot, the County has just lost £1 Million out of the pot in the Nurburgring free for all around Colchester High Street: Then there is about another £1.5 Million in the On Off, On Off, On, fiasco: with the Racing Lines, Oh So Sorry!!! "Bus Lanes": Looking at some of those waist lines, I would say good old Ford Two Legs or Shank's Pony is in order: Get a back pack and carry your shopping home, we are at war for crying out loud: It beggars belief where some of these people come from, The Land Of Milk & Honey? £100 Million needs to go to Headley Court, where are lads are trying to get around with issues and bodily function: I find it totally repugnant that jolly Colchester clicks its fingers and gets a silly Art Centre. And Now its Oh I think I will have a Multi Multi Million £££££ Road extravaganza. Get out and walk. The only thing I feel sorry for, is that Ambulances cant get to the hospital quick enough around there, because of all the Tubs Of L**D trying to get to TesDa! To solve that matter we need a an Emergency Vehicle Lane and Cyclists Only! Large White Stripes, Loads Of Signage and Plenty Of Cameras To dish out loads of fines: £100 Million you are having a laugh all 3500 of you. You sell your houses to pay for it all of you who signed for it?[/p][/quote]Here here! A Very Private Gentleman

11:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Fellulah69 says...

Its called rush hour and stupid traffic light timings! Theres daily congestion on Cowdray Avenue, Southway, Greenstead Roundabout, Hythe Bridges, Balkerne Hill, Clingoe Hill, WestWay……where's the petition for those areas??? Make public transport cheaper, affordable, realistic and more reliable and people might use it more
Its called rush hour and stupid traffic light timings! Theres daily congestion on Cowdray Avenue, Southway, Greenstead Roundabout, Hythe Bridges, Balkerne Hill, Clingoe Hill, WestWay……where's the petition for those areas??? Make public transport cheaper, affordable, realistic and more reliable and people might use it more Fellulah69

10:28am Wed 22 Jan 14

romantic says...

Red Tape 2 wrote:
One simple improvement - phase the pedestrian crossing lights outside Wickes so that in order to cross the road you don't need to stop the traffic twice! During busy times people cross from Wickes to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the station side side. Meanwhile people starting from the station side cross to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the Wickes side. It effectively means the traffic is being stopped twice in each direction for each set of pedestrians needing to cross.
Yes, but you would have to keep the green man on for double the time so people could get across. Also, it is only these traffic lights that give the traffic on North Station Road the chance to get onto the roundabout at all.
[quote][p][bold]Red Tape 2[/bold] wrote: One simple improvement - phase the pedestrian crossing lights outside Wickes so that in order to cross the road you don't need to stop the traffic twice! During busy times people cross from Wickes to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the station side side. Meanwhile people starting from the station side cross to the centre, then have to stop the traffic again to cross to the Wickes side. It effectively means the traffic is being stopped twice in each direction for each set of pedestrians needing to cross.[/p][/quote]Yes, but you would have to keep the green man on for double the time so people could get across. Also, it is only these traffic lights that give the traffic on North Station Road the chance to get onto the roundabout at all. romantic

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree