Town centre bus lanes to be made clearer

The bus lane in Colchester High Street is set to be made clearer.

The bus lane in Colchester High Street is set to be made clearer.

First published in News Essex County Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A CONTROVERSIAL town centre bus lane is set to be covered in red tarmac to warn drivers not to use it.

Engineers from Essex County Council will carry out a series of works to bus lanes in Colchester High Street, North Hill and Middleborough to make them clearer.

Work is due to take place overnight on Monday February 3, from 9pm until 6am the following day.

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9:03am Mon 27 Jan 14

PaulWagland says...

Such a waste of money. What's the point of a bus lane from High Street into Queen Street when you can just do a U-turn on East Hill and get into Queen Street that way?
Such a waste of money. What's the point of a bus lane from High Street into Queen Street when you can just do a U-turn on East Hill and get into Queen Street that way? PaulWagland
  • Score: 18

9:09am Mon 27 Jan 14

jim_bo says...

Oh don't worry Paul they are closing that loophole with a no u turn sign!
Oh don't worry Paul they are closing that loophole with a no u turn sign! jim_bo
  • Score: 1

9:13am Mon 27 Jan 14

hughie-s says...

jim_bo wrote:
Oh don't worry Paul they are closing that loophole with a no u turn sign!
Will need to ban the right turn otherwise people will go down to the VAF, turn, and come out again. Don't think they will do that as each car can be counted as a visitor;)
[quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: Oh don't worry Paul they are closing that loophole with a no u turn sign![/p][/quote]Will need to ban the right turn otherwise people will go down to the VAF, turn, and come out again. Don't think they will do that as each car can be counted as a visitor;) hughie-s
  • Score: 6

9:14am Mon 27 Jan 14

Nightsun says...

How long until the residents of Roman Road start complaining then
How long until the residents of Roman Road start complaining then Nightsun
  • Score: 12

9:56am Mon 27 Jan 14

Misski says...

Who is running this show? What a waste of time and money... despicable....there are so many worthwhile causes in colchester to spend money on and we waste it on red roads...if they can spend money on putting new Tarmac in roads that have no pot holes then please spend some money on Tarmac for roads that have gigantic potholes. Travel up and down Three Crowns Road every day and see where some money should go in..2 massive potholes that have to be avoided....spend money on that rather than on making sure they won't have to pay compensation back!
Who is running this show? What a waste of time and money... despicable....there are so many worthwhile causes in colchester to spend money on and we waste it on red roads...if they can spend money on putting new Tarmac in roads that have no pot holes then please spend some money on Tarmac for roads that have gigantic potholes. Travel up and down Three Crowns Road every day and see where some money should go in..2 massive potholes that have to be avoided....spend money on that rather than on making sure they won't have to pay compensation back! Misski
  • Score: 15

11:38am Mon 27 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Need to reverse the traffic direction on Priory Street too. It's crazy that people have to come into the heritage zone to get to Priory Street. As to the red tarmac - just another barmy plan to cater for the idiots that drive cars and who think they have the God given right to do as they please.
Need to reverse the traffic direction on Priory Street too. It's crazy that people have to come into the heritage zone to get to Priory Street. As to the red tarmac - just another barmy plan to cater for the idiots that drive cars and who think they have the God given right to do as they please. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -10

11:40am Mon 27 Jan 14

romantic says...

If these bus lanes are to be permanent (and I thought this was still a "Trial" "consultation" period), at least have them operative only at sensible times. There is no logical reason for these to operate outside the hours of, say, 0800 to 1900 Monday to Saturday.

The one from High St to Queen St is meaning people do potentially dangerous U-turns at the VAF entrance. No doubt, lots of £s will eventually be found to stick a camera up and ban U-turns. So then people will have to go down to Roman Road and try to turn there. All that to get to Priory Street.

People have also found the alternative route of coming down Vineyard St and then cutting across Queen St into Priory St. No doubt, somebody will be there one day issuing tickets as it is marginally the wrong way up Queen St, and there is some danger that cyclists are not seen.

It is a fudged compromise. We don't get the pedestrianized High Street, so that is not gained. All it does is force people to go around the houses instead of a simple turn in the road.
If these bus lanes are to be permanent (and I thought this was still a "Trial" "consultation" period), at least have them operative only at sensible times. There is no logical reason for these to operate outside the hours of, say, 0800 to 1900 Monday to Saturday. The one from High St to Queen St is meaning people do potentially dangerous U-turns at the VAF entrance. No doubt, lots of £s will eventually be found to stick a camera up and ban U-turns. So then people will have to go down to Roman Road and try to turn there. All that to get to Priory Street. People have also found the alternative route of coming down Vineyard St and then cutting across Queen St into Priory St. No doubt, somebody will be there one day issuing tickets as it is marginally the wrong way up Queen St, and there is some danger that cyclists are not seen. It is a fudged compromise. We don't get the pedestrianized High Street, so that is not gained. All it does is force people to go around the houses instead of a simple turn in the road. romantic
  • Score: 8

6:52pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Finny100 says...

These bus lanes are just making everyone's life a lot harder. If you agree please sign and share this petition.

http://www.change.or
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These bus lanes are just making everyone's life a lot harder. If you agree please sign and share this petition. http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/es sex-county-council-s crap-the-bus-lane-sc heme-around-the-town -centre Finny100
  • Score: 1

1:04am Tue 28 Jan 14

Assimilation says...

romantic wrote "People have also found the alternative route of coming down Vineyard St and then cutting across Queen St into Priory St. No doubt, somebody will be there one day issuing tickets as it is marginally the wrong way up Queen St, and there is some danger that cyclists are not seen."
I have seen this said a few times on here, but the last time people could do that was way back before Vineyard Street was the bus station, way before they put the market there. And for the life of me I cant see why people have to drive through Head Street and High Street to get to Priory Street, as there are no other reasons to go down Queen Street. Go the other way round and up East Hill to get there.
romantic wrote "People have also found the alternative route of coming down Vineyard St and then cutting across Queen St into Priory St. No doubt, somebody will be there one day issuing tickets as it is marginally the wrong way up Queen St, and there is some danger that cyclists are not seen." I have seen this said a few times on here, but the last time people could do that was way back before Vineyard Street was the bus station, way before they put the market there. And for the life of me I cant see why people have to drive through Head Street and High Street to get to Priory Street, as there are no other reasons to go down Queen Street. Go the other way round and up East Hill to get there. Assimilation
  • Score: 1

8:41am Tue 28 Jan 14

Slamdoor312 says...

Just how big does that large blue sign have to be.

If you can't see that, you shouldn't be behind the wheel.
Just how big does that large blue sign have to be. If you can't see that, you shouldn't be behind the wheel. Slamdoor312
  • Score: -1

9:11am Tue 28 Jan 14

romantic says...

Assimilation wrote:
romantic wrote "People have also found the alternative route of coming down Vineyard St and then cutting across Queen St into Priory St. No doubt, somebody will be there one day issuing tickets as it is marginally the wrong way up Queen St, and there is some danger that cyclists are not seen."
I have seen this said a few times on here, but the last time people could do that was way back before Vineyard Street was the bus station, way before they put the market there. And for the life of me I cant see why people have to drive through Head Street and High Street to get to Priory Street, as there are no other reasons to go down Queen Street. Go the other way round and up East Hill to get there.
Clearly, the cars which I have seen doing this, as recently as yesterday, must be a product of my fevered imagination! They may well be doing an illegal manoeuvre to get where they are, but people definitely go this way.

Alternative routes: getting up East Hill is easy enough, but if you have come from the West side of town, getting to the bottom of East Hill will mean either going down Magdalen Street and Brook Street, or around Cowdray Avenue. Both routes will probably take longer than going down the High St. Like water, drivers find the path of least resistance.
[quote][p][bold]Assimilation[/bold] wrote: romantic wrote "People have also found the alternative route of coming down Vineyard St and then cutting across Queen St into Priory St. No doubt, somebody will be there one day issuing tickets as it is marginally the wrong way up Queen St, and there is some danger that cyclists are not seen." I have seen this said a few times on here, but the last time people could do that was way back before Vineyard Street was the bus station, way before they put the market there. And for the life of me I cant see why people have to drive through Head Street and High Street to get to Priory Street, as there are no other reasons to go down Queen Street. Go the other way round and up East Hill to get there.[/p][/quote]Clearly, the cars which I have seen doing this, as recently as yesterday, must be a product of my fevered imagination! They may well be doing an illegal manoeuvre to get where they are, but people definitely go this way. Alternative routes: getting up East Hill is easy enough, but if you have come from the West side of town, getting to the bottom of East Hill will mean either going down Magdalen Street and Brook Street, or around Cowdray Avenue. Both routes will probably take longer than going down the High St. Like water, drivers find the path of least resistance. romantic
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Assimilation says...

If motorists find going the extra distance/time to get where they want to go annoying and frustrating then the should leave their motors at home and find alternative arrangements. Like the grandfather that takes his granddaughter the 0.9 miles to school on North Hill and moans about the traffic and the blue badge holder that parks out side the job centre and cross the High Street to go to the librery to find it is closed, and then moaned they had to walk all the way back. Get the bus, or walk in the case of the school girl, and save your money, on fuel, parking charges and a fines for using bus lanes. I make that about £33 saving, taking off the bus fare. I have now sold my motor and I must be saving thousands £`s a year, but I still get to where I want to go, when I like, and laugh when I see the motorists, shouting and screaming stuck in the traffic.
If motorists find going the extra distance/time to get where they want to go annoying and frustrating then the should leave their motors at home and find alternative arrangements. Like the grandfather that takes his granddaughter the 0.9 miles to school on North Hill and moans about the traffic and the blue badge holder that parks out side the job centre and cross the High Street to go to the librery to find it is closed, and then moaned they had to walk all the way back. Get the bus, or walk in the case of the school girl, and save your money, on fuel, parking charges and a fines for using bus lanes. I make that about £33 saving, taking off the bus fare. I have now sold my motor and I must be saving thousands £`s a year, but I still get to where I want to go, when I like, and laugh when I see the motorists, shouting and screaming stuck in the traffic. Assimilation
  • Score: 0

10:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Harry.Brown says...

one of the posters said why do they make our lives a misery...i say let the b*****s make our lives a misery. if they dont get their own way they will only find something else to stuff us on.
its not about traffic or for people walking about its always about money...
its all a con everything is they managed to cob 1 million in 2 months in dodgy tickets...
i wonder how many they will get in a whole year through normal use.
they must sit there and winder what crud to come out with next
i see in the papers they give up on 75 year olds in with nhs care
well i got 5 years to go then.
maybe the tickets on the lanes will go to health care??? I wish?
one of the posters said why do they make our lives a misery...i say let the b*****s make our lives a misery. if they dont get their own way they will only find something else to stuff us on. its not about traffic or for people walking about its always about money... its all a con everything is they managed to cob 1 million in 2 months in dodgy tickets... i wonder how many they will get in a whole year through normal use. they must sit there and winder what crud to come out with next i see in the papers they give up on 75 year olds in with nhs care well i got 5 years to go then. maybe the tickets on the lanes will go to health care??? I wish? Harry.Brown
  • Score: 0

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