A133 Ipswich Road/Harwich Road improvement scheme, Colchester

Latest News - 12 October 2018: Ipswich Road - Closure for BT diversions

Advanced Notice: Road Closure - Ipswich Road, Colchester improvement scheme

Please be advised that preparations are being made to close Ipswich Road, Colchester from the Junction of Fenwick Drive in a southerly direction for a distance of approximately 40m to its junction with Old Coach Road, this is a continuation of the works on the northern side of the Fenwick Road junction and will remove the requirement for BT to close the junction again for works in the new year.

Details of planned closure/s: 00:00 29 October 2018 –  20:00 2 November 2018

The works will be carried out during the working hours of 07.00 – 20.00 however due to safety reasons the traffic management is required at all times. Some of the works being undertaken will require the use of noisy equipment and may cause some disturbance, however we will try and complete these activities when they will cause the least inconvenience to you.

We appreciate that these works may be an inconvenience and would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation whilst we undertake these improvements.  

Works Location



Ipswich Road roundabout 



Harwich Road roundabout 

A133 Ipswich Road/Harwich Road improvement scheme, Colchester


About the scheme  

We are pleased to announce that Eurovia have been awarded the contract to undertake construction of this improvement scheme and are expected to start work in September 2018 until winter 2019/20. The work start date has changed however the expected duration is planned to remain the same.

The scheme will see the replacement of the double roundabouts located at Ipswich Road and Harwich Road with a single roundabout at each location. The carriageway between Ipswich Road and Harwich Road junctions will also be widened to accommodate two formal lanes in each direction. The scheme will include upgrading existing pedestrian crossings to signal controlled crossings and general improvements to the current off-carriageway cycle and footway provisions.

The scheme will improve the performance of these two key intersections on the A133 and renewal of the infrastructure will reduce maintenance costs. It will also improve the existing highway assets including the strengthening of the retaining wall between Ipswich Road roundabout and the adjoining railway line. The Scheme has also supported the Cowdray Bridge refurbishment, now being progressed separately through the structures capital maintenance programme.

It is recognised that this is a traffic sensitive site and local residents and businesses will have a keen interest in the work phases and traffic management.   With this in mind, we held a ‘Meet the Contractor’ drop-in session with the Eurovia team to discuss the arrangements in place on Wednesday 5th September.  We were pleased with the turnout and received positive feedback, especially around the road layout, crossing upgrades, the new zebra crossing and the new slip lanes. We hope that we were able to reassure residents and provide contacts for any future correspondence.

Various temporary Road closures will be required during the project, the sections of road affected will be Ipswich road (to the south and the north of the roundabout) and Harwich Road (to the south of the roundabout). Directly affected residents/businesses will be notified in advance through letter drops and signage on site. Also we will be making a continued effort to support all communications by putting updates out via our website and Social media. Each Road closure is anticipated to last 3-4 weeks and with a single road only to be shut at any time.  Further information will be communicated once dates are confirmed. We have also added the proposed Ipswich Road South diversion route to the documents below.

How will it affect you?

Whilst efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and there is likely to be disruption to normal traffic flows.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time travelling through the area.

To view information regarding other works in the area please also visit www.roadworks.org.

Pedestrian diversions will be in place where necessary and advertised locally.


Further information

Updates will be available via this webpage including changes to the work programme, details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures as well as local signage and information will also be available on our twitter feed @essexhighways.