£485,000 allocated to improve Colchester’s roads

Essex County Standard: £485,000 allocated to improve Colchester’s roads £485,000 allocated to improve Colchester’s roads

MORE THAN £485,000 will be spent improving Colchester’s roads.

The Colchester Local Highways Panel recommended 38 schemes to the county council earlier this month.

They included putting zebra crossings in Butt Road and Hawthorn Avenue, and a pedestrian crossing outside the Gilberd School.

A video survey and signal reconfiguration will be done at the junction between Mersea Road and Napier Road, and a review will be carried out on the junction between Blackberry Road and Winstree Road in Stanway.

Money has also been allocated for The Strood, on the way to Mersea, but no details of what work will be completed have been given.

Rodney Bass, responsible for highways, signed off the recommendations on April 15.

He said: “These well-thought-out schemes will improve journeys on Colchester’s highways for many thousands of people.”

Anne Brown, joint chairman of the Colchester Local Highways Panel, added: “I am delighted that the Local Highways Panel has again been positive in prioritising and recommending such practical schemes.”

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7:37pm Wed 30 Apr 14

C.I.5. says...

485K just about cover Oxford Road and some of Lexden.
One bad winter and it will be all up again.
The trick is to get cars to slow down.
Once they stop racing around all over the shop the roads will settle properly and not wear out so much.
See you next year Rodders for some more cash?
485K just about cover Oxford Road and some of Lexden. One bad winter and it will be all up again. The trick is to get cars to slow down. Once they stop racing around all over the shop the roads will settle properly and not wear out so much. See you next year Rodders for some more cash? C.I.5.
  • Score: -7

7:41pm Wed 30 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

Nothing to do with cars going too fast. Roads are being subjected to higher traffic levels, so they need higher levels of maintenance.
Nothing to do with cars going too fast. Roads are being subjected to higher traffic levels, so they need higher levels of maintenance. greenbroker
  • Score: 9

7:53pm Wed 30 Apr 14

all.talk.no.action says...

£485,000, that's not a lot of cash, they need millions spent on them.
£485,000, that's not a lot of cash, they need millions spent on them. all.talk.no.action
  • Score: 18

8:09pm Wed 30 Apr 14

mirokou says...

A raindrop in an ocean…
A raindrop in an ocean… mirokou
  • Score: 15

8:14pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Fellulah69 says...

What about Military Road??? Looks like the surface lf the moon. If i get suspension damage from it i will make **** sure i clam off the council!! What a joke!!
What about Military Road??? Looks like the surface lf the moon. If i get suspension damage from it i will make **** sure i clam off the council!! What a joke!! Fellulah69
  • Score: 5

9:57pm Wed 30 Apr 14

colcestrian says...

There is no actual mention of potholes being repaired in this article ! Just new pedestrian crossings, traffic light reconfiguration and junction reviews, add this with work on the Strood and there should be about £50 K left to do the holes, so that won't fill many !
There is no actual mention of potholes being repaired in this article ! Just new pedestrian crossings, traffic light reconfiguration and junction reviews, add this with work on the Strood and there should be about £50 K left to do the holes, so that won't fill many ! colcestrian
  • Score: 17

10:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Fairminded fella says...

This is not all that is being spent on Colchester's roads. There is already a normal maintenance budget but in addition to that, instead of County Hall dictating where all the money gets spent, each area also has a local Highways panel. Members of the public can make suggestions for improvements to their local councillor and then these suggestions are reviewed and prioritised. Many roads are dreadful and need lots doing to them but at least with the LHP you know these jobs have been put forward by local people. Makes a nice change to actually see the results! Last year the LHP for Colchester had a budget of 1 million so hopefully more schemes and spending for Colchester will occur as the year goes on.
This is not all that is being spent on Colchester's roads. There is already a normal maintenance budget but in addition to that, instead of County Hall dictating where all the money gets spent, each area also has a local Highways panel. Members of the public can make suggestions for improvements to their local councillor and then these suggestions are reviewed and prioritised. Many roads are dreadful and need lots doing to them but at least with the LHP you know these jobs have been put forward by local people. Makes a nice change to actually see the results! Last year the LHP for Colchester had a budget of 1 million so hopefully more schemes and spending for Colchester will occur as the year goes on. Fairminded fella
  • Score: -5

10:52pm Wed 30 Apr 14

omgwtfbbq says...

fix it right fix it once, instead of using the bodge it workers they are using at the moment, you cant just chuck the black stuff into a dusty hole and expect it to stay there!!!
fix it right fix it once, instead of using the bodge it workers they are using at the moment, you cant just chuck the black stuff into a dusty hole and expect it to stay there!!! omgwtfbbq
  • Score: 15

12:19am Thu 1 May 14

greenbroker says...

omgwtfbbq wrote:
fix it right fix it once, instead of using the bodge it workers they are using at the moment, you cant just chuck the black stuff into a dusty hole and expect it to stay there!!!
Potholes are moving nearer the town centres. Halstead Rd, Bergholt Rd, Military Rd, Cowdray Ave, Colchester are a disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]omgwtfbbq[/bold] wrote: fix it right fix it once, instead of using the bodge it workers they are using at the moment, you cant just chuck the black stuff into a dusty hole and expect it to stay there!!![/p][/quote]Potholes are moving nearer the town centres. Halstead Rd, Bergholt Rd, Military Rd, Cowdray Ave, Colchester are a disgrace. greenbroker
  • Score: 7

8:37am Thu 1 May 14

romantic says...

The problem with potholes does seem to be that the work is done quickly and not very well. I would rather a road is closed for a weekend and the work done so it will last. I am a motorist and cyclist and there are places all around the town which are a danger to both types of user. I would dread riding a motorbike at night.

So it's good that we have this money, but the acid test is whether the work is done properly. Currently, there seem to be assigned sub-contractors who cut corners to get the job done fast, but seemingly without anybody actually checking what has been done. I'm sure their invoice reaches the council fast enough, though...
The problem with potholes does seem to be that the work is done quickly and not very well. I would rather a road is closed for a weekend and the work done so it will last. I am a motorist and cyclist and there are places all around the town which are a danger to both types of user. I would dread riding a motorbike at night. So it's good that we have this money, but the acid test is whether the work is done properly. Currently, there seem to be assigned sub-contractors who cut corners to get the job done fast, but seemingly without anybody actually checking what has been done. I'm sure their invoice reaches the council fast enough, though... romantic
  • Score: 5

10:06am Thu 1 May 14

nbnbnb says...

Cars themselves do very little damage to roads, 1 lorry instead does the same damage as 100,000 cars ! This is because of the weight on each tire, which for a lorry far exceeds the elastic limit of most residential road surfaces.

So no money either to sort out the utter mess of North Station area, or to help with what will happen when then NAR3 opens and traffic floods into the Myland area from the new A12 junction !
Cars themselves do very little damage to roads, 1 lorry instead does the same damage as 100,000 cars ! This is because of the weight on each tire, which for a lorry far exceeds the elastic limit of most residential road surfaces. So no money either to sort out the utter mess of North Station area, or to help with what will happen when then NAR3 opens and traffic floods into the Myland area from the new A12 junction ! nbnbnb
  • Score: 3

1:11pm Thu 1 May 14

Ontheball says...

Peanuts in terms of how far the money will actually go. The useless ECC repairs to potholes are judst a joke. If you don't seal the edges with bitumen then they will just re-open. Same old shoddy repair whenever you look.
Peanuts in terms of how far the money will actually go. The useless ECC repairs to potholes are judst a joke. If you don't seal the edges with bitumen then they will just re-open. Same old shoddy repair whenever you look. Ontheball
  • Score: 4

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