£19 million awarded to unclog Colchester's streets

Essex County Standard: £19 million awarded to unclog Colchester's streets £19 million awarded to unclog Colchester's streets

NEARLY £20million will be spent on easing congestion in the centre and north of Colchester, after a successful funding bid.

The Government announced today the South East local enterprise partnership, a group of councillors and business leaders from Essex, Kent and Sussex, had secured £442m to boost growth in the region.

Among the first projects will be a £19 million package of improvements to Colchester’s notoriously congested town centre and North Station Roundabout.

A further £500,000 has been awarded to help improve broadband speeds in Colchester’s business parks.

Partnership chairman Peter Jones said: “This initial funding is tremendously good news for our businesses and residents – addressing years of under-funding of the South East’s transport network.”

See Monday's Gazette for more.

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11:35am Mon 7 Jul 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Long overdue, North Station is a nightmare! When will this happen? Or are they just talking about it. Get on and do it and stop talking?
Long overdue, North Station is a nightmare! When will this happen? Or are they just talking about it. Get on and do it and stop talking? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 18

11:46am Mon 7 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

This is exactly what the town needed
Ist problem-How much of this will be spent on money grabbing "CONSULTANTS"-with political contacts.
2nd problem-Many of the people who have stood in the way of change to infrastructure for the past 30YEARS are still alive. We all know who they are!!!
This is exactly what the town needed Ist problem-How much of this will be spent on money grabbing "CONSULTANTS"-with political contacts. 2nd problem-Many of the people who have stood in the way of change to infrastructure for the past 30YEARS are still alive. We all know who they are!!! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 18

12:01pm Mon 7 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Problem is most of this money will be wasted on talking and studies by so called consultants and poor project management. Harsh reality is the surrounding roads to North Station are at their maximum width and more traffic will pass through this area due to the expansion of housing and the proposed school and the closing of the county hospital so whatever fix is chosen will have limited impact on the current mess. It’s going to be chaos but I just hope whoever is chosen to solve this problem isn't the lowest bidder but the most realistic one.
Problem is most of this money will be wasted on talking and studies by so called consultants and poor project management. Harsh reality is the surrounding roads to North Station are at their maximum width and more traffic will pass through this area due to the expansion of housing and the proposed school and the closing of the county hospital so whatever fix is chosen will have limited impact on the current mess. It’s going to be chaos but I just hope whoever is chosen to solve this problem isn't the lowest bidder but the most realistic one. sam vines
  • Score: 26

12:34pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

If there was a solution it would have been enacted many years ago. This is a complete joke. A total waste of tax payers's money. I cannot wait to see what these idiots will come up with to 'unclog' our roads. Some sort of gun perhaps, to destroy all the cars that clog the roads? Perhaps some art on billboards will do the trick. How about counselling for car drivers to persuade them to use bicycles instead - or, heaven forbid, the bus? Perhaps a two person per car minimum. My choice would be a barrier at North Station bridge charging the lard arsed drivers to pay £10 for each traverse during peak times. That would soon sort it and it wouldn't cost £19 million of taxpayer's money. There. Quite simple really. A toll. 100% guaranteed to work. I waive my consultancy fee but would like to tender for the construction of the barrier please.
If there was a solution it would have been enacted many years ago. This is a complete joke. A total waste of tax payers's money. I cannot wait to see what these idiots will come up with to 'unclog' our roads. Some sort of gun perhaps, to destroy all the cars that clog the roads? Perhaps some art on billboards will do the trick. How about counselling for car drivers to persuade them to use bicycles instead - or, heaven forbid, the bus? Perhaps a two person per car minimum. My choice would be a barrier at North Station bridge charging the lard arsed drivers to pay £10 for each traverse during peak times. That would soon sort it and it wouldn't cost £19 million of taxpayer's money. There. Quite simple really. A toll. 100% guaranteed to work. I waive my consultancy fee but would like to tender for the construction of the barrier please. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -29

1:18pm Mon 7 Jul 14

William George says...

sam vines wrote:
Problem is most of this money will be wasted on talking and studies by so called consultants and poor project management. Harsh reality is the surrounding roads to North Station are at their maximum width and more traffic will pass through this area due to the expansion of housing and the proposed school and the closing of the county hospital so whatever fix is chosen will have limited impact on the current mess. It’s going to be chaos but I just hope whoever is chosen to solve this problem isn't the lowest bidder but the most realistic one.
In particular as mentioned any closing down of Essex County Hospital will be very unwise and ridiculous, and will make congestion worse.

The continued congestion in traffic as you refer to will take its time to correct and adjust, because wrongly closing of the Essex County Hospital will make congestion of the patients and nursing in the wards too as its already seen.

To close any hospital when we are in a two types of congestions won't make our problems get any better.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Problem is most of this money will be wasted on talking and studies by so called consultants and poor project management. Harsh reality is the surrounding roads to North Station are at their maximum width and more traffic will pass through this area due to the expansion of housing and the proposed school and the closing of the county hospital so whatever fix is chosen will have limited impact on the current mess. It’s going to be chaos but I just hope whoever is chosen to solve this problem isn't the lowest bidder but the most realistic one.[/p][/quote]In particular as mentioned any closing down of Essex County Hospital will be very unwise and ridiculous, and will make congestion worse. The continued congestion in traffic as you refer to will take its time to correct and adjust, because wrongly closing of the Essex County Hospital will make congestion of the patients and nursing in the wards too as its already seen. To close any hospital when we are in a two types of congestions won't make our problems get any better. William George
  • Score: 10

2:03pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Mohammad Akbar says...

Will they be adding more potholes to the roads in Colchester to stop people from wanting to drive anywhere?
Will they be adding more potholes to the roads in Colchester to stop people from wanting to drive anywhere? Mohammad Akbar
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Mon 7 Jul 14

gizabreak says...

Only way would be to build a bypass around north station. Chances and ability to do so ...I'm no expert but since they get more money from building houses on the land it doesn't look good. As others have stated..most of this will likely go on surveys and consultants as always seems to be the case....
Only way would be to build a bypass around north station. Chances and ability to do so ...I'm no expert but since they get more money from building houses on the land it doesn't look good. As others have stated..most of this will likely go on surveys and consultants as always seems to be the case.... gizabreak
  • Score: 11

2:24pm Mon 7 Jul 14

gizabreak says...

In 30 years they haven't been able to put a pedestrian crossing for the kids from mile-end to the Gilberd School so I won't be holding my breath on such a large project
In 30 years they haven't been able to put a pedestrian crossing for the kids from mile-end to the Gilberd School so I won't be holding my breath on such a large project gizabreak
  • Score: 9

2:40pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

What is needed (and what should have been built when North Station was redeveloped) is a flyover. When it's running (and I realise that's not always) the Flyover at the Army and Navy in Chelmsford works very well.
What is needed (and what should have been built when North Station was redeveloped) is a flyover. When it's running (and I realise that's not always) the Flyover at the Army and Navy in Chelmsford works very well. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 3

2:56pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

The solution to the traffic problems is to stop building large housing estates everywhere.
The solution to the traffic problems is to stop building large housing estates everywhere. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 26

3:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
The solution to the traffic problems is to stop building large housing estates everywhere.
That's the problem building houses first before building the infrastructure to sustain it. This money is going to be wasted unless extreme disruption takes place which the housing developers will block.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: The solution to the traffic problems is to stop building large housing estates everywhere.[/p][/quote]That's the problem building houses first before building the infrastructure to sustain it. This money is going to be wasted unless extreme disruption takes place which the housing developers will block. sam vines
  • Score: 13

4:51pm Mon 7 Jul 14

specs60 says...

I lived in mile end all my life
going to school in the 70s there were traffic jams,and there was'nt all these houses and people here! Can't wait to see what will happen.
I lived in mile end all my life going to school in the 70s there were traffic jams,and there was'nt all these houses and people here! Can't wait to see what will happen. specs60
  • Score: 6

5:07pm Mon 7 Jul 14

specs60 says...

Could you spend some of that money on a few cans of paint and
do something with the buildings on mersea road.It looks abit sad from the old standard pub towards town.
Could you spend some of that money on a few cans of paint and do something with the buildings on mersea road.It looks abit sad from the old standard pub towards town. specs60
  • Score: -4

6:33pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I vote for devolution. Let's annexe Mile End by filling in the space under North Station bridge. Why should we suffer the incovenience of clogged roads because of these crazy housebuilding Mile Enders? Lets have a north south divide where we can only talk to each other by telephone or Skype or by sending a postcard. That would cure it and wouldn't cost £19 million. Or how about a tunnel under the town, popping up in Queen Street, or a flyover doing the same thing. Then there would be no increase in town centre traffic, fines for going up North Hill or needing to do a U turn at the top of East Hill. It's all all very simple really. Meanwhile, how do I get a slice of the £19 million? It's obviously going spare and I could do with a nice holiday.
I vote for devolution. Let's annexe Mile End by filling in the space under North Station bridge. Why should we suffer the incovenience of clogged roads because of these crazy housebuilding Mile Enders? Lets have a north south divide where we can only talk to each other by telephone or Skype or by sending a postcard. That would cure it and wouldn't cost £19 million. Or how about a tunnel under the town, popping up in Queen Street, or a flyover doing the same thing. Then there would be no increase in town centre traffic, fines for going up North Hill or needing to do a U turn at the top of East Hill. It's all all very simple really. Meanwhile, how do I get a slice of the £19 million? It's obviously going spare and I could do with a nice holiday. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -2

6:35pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

Its £20M in the pockets of cronies.
Not a single new road will be built.
There has been no serious attempt to deal with the towns problems since Balkerne Hill/Crouch Street/Southway were done 40 years ago.
The Anoraks will not let it happen-Led by Russell!!!
Town needed to be divided into Quarters-just like European cities with the University/Six Forms colleges built around Clingoe Hill.
Instead the Colchester Institute was built slap bang in the way of a main access from the A12.
Its £20M in the pockets of cronies. Not a single new road will be built. There has been no serious attempt to deal with the towns problems since Balkerne Hill/Crouch Street/Southway were done 40 years ago. The Anoraks will not let it happen-Led by Russell!!! Town needed to be divided into Quarters-just like European cities with the University/Six Forms colleges built around Clingoe Hill. Instead the Colchester Institute was built slap bang in the way of a main access from the A12. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 4

9:45pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Ontheball says...

Just go and have a look at the Echo site and see what they are getting in Southend and south Essex. The A13, a dead-end road to Southend is getting £80m along and being upgraded,in part, to six lanes with new junctions here there and everywhere. The A12, however, which serves all of East Anglia, remains the hotch potch that it is with little or nothing being spent on it by anyone. I don't begrudge them in south Essex, but yet again we are the a*se end of nothing from this Government!
Just go and have a look at the Echo site and see what they are getting in Southend and south Essex. The A13, a dead-end road to Southend is getting £80m along and being upgraded,in part, to six lanes with new junctions here there and everywhere. The A12, however, which serves all of East Anglia, remains the hotch potch that it is with little or nothing being spent on it by anyone. I don't begrudge them in south Essex, but yet again we are the a*se end of nothing from this Government! Ontheball
  • Score: 11

10:36pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Boris says...

The best solution to the Mile End problem is a new road under the railway, from that roundabout near Asda through to the ex-Masons industrial estate. But that will cost more than £19 million, and will doubtless involve closing the railway for an extended period. And of course it will cause new traffic problems in Cowdray Avenue.
This was proposed years ago, I think in a consultants' report. So there is no need for any more consultancy. Just start work on it, and if £19 million is not enough, find the rest of the money from the council tax.
The best solution to the Mile End problem is a new road under the railway, from that roundabout near Asda through to the ex-Masons industrial estate. But that will cost more than £19 million, and will doubtless involve closing the railway for an extended period. And of course it will cause new traffic problems in Cowdray Avenue. This was proposed years ago, I think in a consultants' report. So there is no need for any more consultancy. Just start work on it, and if £19 million is not enough, find the rest of the money from the council tax. Boris
  • Score: 6

10:44pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Boris says...

William George wrote:
sam vines wrote:
Problem is most of this money will be wasted on talking and studies by so called consultants and poor project management. Harsh reality is the surrounding roads to North Station are at their maximum width and more traffic will pass through this area due to the expansion of housing and the proposed school and the closing of the county hospital so whatever fix is chosen will have limited impact on the current mess. It’s going to be chaos but I just hope whoever is chosen to solve this problem isn't the lowest bidder but the most realistic one.
In particular as mentioned any closing down of Essex County Hospital will be very unwise and ridiculous, and will make congestion worse.

The continued congestion in traffic as you refer to will take its time to correct and adjust, because wrongly closing of the Essex County Hospital will make congestion of the patients and nursing in the wards too as its already seen.

To close any hospital when we are in a two types of congestions won't make our problems get any better.
William, you are right. The closure of ECH will aggravate the congestion by creating extra traffic to/from the CGH. But the people who run the hospital are no more interested in traffic problems than the developers building all those unwanted houses.
What is needed is lateral thinking, but that is too much to expect.
[quote][p][bold]William George[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Problem is most of this money will be wasted on talking and studies by so called consultants and poor project management. Harsh reality is the surrounding roads to North Station are at their maximum width and more traffic will pass through this area due to the expansion of housing and the proposed school and the closing of the county hospital so whatever fix is chosen will have limited impact on the current mess. It’s going to be chaos but I just hope whoever is chosen to solve this problem isn't the lowest bidder but the most realistic one.[/p][/quote]In particular as mentioned any closing down of Essex County Hospital will be very unwise and ridiculous, and will make congestion worse. The continued congestion in traffic as you refer to will take its time to correct and adjust, because wrongly closing of the Essex County Hospital will make congestion of the patients and nursing in the wards too as its already seen. To close any hospital when we are in a two types of congestions won't make our problems get any better.[/p][/quote]William, you are right. The closure of ECH will aggravate the congestion by creating extra traffic to/from the CGH. But the people who run the hospital are no more interested in traffic problems than the developers building all those unwanted houses. What is needed is lateral thinking, but that is too much to expect. Boris
  • Score: 8

12:01am Tue 8 Jul 14

Wicky1 says...

£19 million will cover the cost of 38,000 £500 pushbikes, and giving them away free to folk north of town...
£19 million will cover the cost of 38,000 £500 pushbikes, and giving them away free to folk north of town... Wicky1
  • Score: -3

6:34am Tue 8 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

Wicky1 wrote:
£19 million will cover the cost of 38,000 £500 pushbikes, and giving them away free to folk north of town...
My Bike cost £79 and its a mountain bike, been riding it 5 years not missed a beat, £500 push bikes !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wicky1[/bold] wrote: £19 million will cover the cost of 38,000 £500 pushbikes, and giving them away free to folk north of town...[/p][/quote]My Bike cost £79 and its a mountain bike, been riding it 5 years not missed a beat, £500 push bikes !!!! Nom De Plume
  • Score: 2

9:29am Tue 8 Jul 14

jamest says...

Once they sort the North Station mess, maybe they can look at the daily clog all round the hythe area and solve the road flooding each high tide.
I don't think building yet more flats and sticking in a huge Sainsbury is going to help much!
Once they sort the North Station mess, maybe they can look at the daily clog all round the hythe area and solve the road flooding each high tide. I don't think building yet more flats and sticking in a huge Sainsbury is going to help much! jamest
  • Score: 7

9:55am Tue 8 Jul 14

sam vines says...

They should have fought for funding for an Ipswich bound slip road on to the A12 at The Cymbeline Way round about. That would ease some traffic as people who live south of the town centre have no choice but to clog up Cowdray ave, Ipswich road, Brook street if they want to get Ipswich or the A14
They should have fought for funding for an Ipswich bound slip road on to the A12 at The Cymbeline Way round about. That would ease some traffic as people who live south of the town centre have no choice but to clog up Cowdray ave, Ipswich road, Brook street if they want to get Ipswich or the A14 sam vines
  • Score: 8

12:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Catchedicam says...

sam vines wrote:
They should have fought for funding for an Ipswich bound slip road on to the A12 at The Cymbeline Way round about. That would ease some traffic as people who live south of the town centre have no choice but to clog up Cowdray ave, Ipswich road, Brook street if they want to get Ipswich or the A14
Always amazed me that this was never done years ago.. Very good point.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: They should have fought for funding for an Ipswich bound slip road on to the A12 at The Cymbeline Way round about. That would ease some traffic as people who live south of the town centre have no choice but to clog up Cowdray ave, Ipswich road, Brook street if they want to get Ipswich or the A14[/p][/quote]Always amazed me that this was never done years ago.. Very good point. Catchedicam
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Tue 8 Jul 14

homebaker says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Its £20M in the pockets of cronies.
Not a single new road will be built.
There has been no serious attempt to deal with the towns problems since Balkerne Hill/Crouch Street/Southway were done 40 years ago.
The Anoraks will not let it happen-Led by Russell!!!
Town needed to be divided into Quarters-just like European cities with the University/Six Forms colleges built around Clingoe Hill.
Instead the Colchester Institute was built slap bang in the way of a main access from the A12.
Colchester institute was built in the 60's. number of cars has changed just slightly since then.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: Its £20M in the pockets of cronies. Not a single new road will be built. There has been no serious attempt to deal with the towns problems since Balkerne Hill/Crouch Street/Southway were done 40 years ago. The Anoraks will not let it happen-Led by Russell!!! Town needed to be divided into Quarters-just like European cities with the University/Six Forms colleges built around Clingoe Hill. Instead the Colchester Institute was built slap bang in the way of a main access from the A12.[/p][/quote]Colchester institute was built in the 60's. number of cars has changed just slightly since then. homebaker
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Shoosh1905 says...

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine, bona fide
Electrified, six-car monorail
What'd I say?

Monorail
What's it called?
Monorail
That's right! Monorail

Monorail
Monorail
Monorail

I hear those things are awfully loud
It glides as softly as a cloud
Is there a chance the track could bend?
Not on your life, my Hindu friend

What about us brain-dead slobs?
You'll be given cushy jobs
Were you sent here by the Devil?
No, good sir, I'm on the level

The ring came off my pudding can
Take my pen knife, my good man
I swear it's Colchester's only choice
Throw up your hands and raise your voice

Monorail
What's it called?
Monorail
Once again
Monorail

But Cowdray Ave's still all cracked and broken
Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken

Monorail!
Monorail!
Monorail!
Monorail!

It's the only Answer and Lyle Lanley can get us a great deal he's sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and, by gum it's put them on the map!!
Well, sir, there's nothing on earth Like a genuine, bona fide Electrified, six-car monorail What'd I say? Monorail What's it called? Monorail That's right! Monorail Monorail Monorail Monorail I hear those things are awfully loud It glides as softly as a cloud Is there a chance the track could bend? Not on your life, my Hindu friend What about us brain-dead slobs? You'll be given cushy jobs Were you sent here by the Devil? No, good sir, I'm on the level The ring came off my pudding can Take my pen knife, my good man I swear it's Colchester's only choice Throw up your hands and raise your voice Monorail What's it called? Monorail Once again Monorail But Cowdray Ave's still all cracked and broken Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! It's the only Answer and Lyle Lanley can get us a great deal he's sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and, by gum it's put them on the map!! Shoosh1905
  • Score: 7

2:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

falmerman9 says...

When ECC last did a survey of travel in Colchester, they found that HALF of all car journeys were less than 2 miles, most of which could easily be done on foot or by bike. If only there were always good walking and cycling routes. Spending just part of this money on such routes could reduce the number of cars on Colchester roads by 10% on average and up to 25% at school run times. Surely worth it? But it requires political will.....
When ECC last did a survey of travel in Colchester, they found that HALF of all car journeys were less than 2 miles, most of which could easily be done on foot or by bike. If only there were always good walking and cycling routes. Spending just part of this money on such routes could reduce the number of cars on Colchester roads by 10% on average and up to 25% at school run times. Surely worth it? But it requires political will..... falmerman9
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I am so pleased that I moved my business, lock, stock and barrel out of the Hythe to rural Fordham, mainly because of the terrible traffic. That was back in 2004. The traffic is even worse now, as I occasionally discover when I am daft enough to drive into town at certain times. I commend a move away to you all, as long as you don't choose Fordham.
I am so pleased that I moved my business, lock, stock and barrel out of the Hythe to rural Fordham, mainly because of the terrible traffic. That was back in 2004. The traffic is even worse now, as I occasionally discover when I am daft enough to drive into town at certain times. I commend a move away to you all, as long as you don't choose Fordham. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -2

1:03pm Thu 10 Jul 14

tomclover says...

I don't really have an opinion on this.
I don't really have an opinion on this. tomclover
  • Score: 0

12:08am Fri 11 Jul 14

Boris says...

tomclover wrote:
I don't really have an opinion on this.
This is not the place for shrinking violets.
[quote][p][bold]tomclover[/bold] wrote: I don't really have an opinion on this.[/p][/quote]This is not the place for shrinking violets. Boris
  • Score: 1
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