A133 Ipswich Road improvement scheme, Colchester

Latest News - 13 August 2018: Public Information event - A133 Ipswich Road

Please be aware that a ‘Meet the Contractor’ drop-in session with the Eurovia team will be taking place on 5 SEPTEMBER 2018 at THE ROSE & CROWN HOTEL (East Street, Colchester CO1 2TZ) to allow interested parties and residents to ask questions around the implementation of the scheme, work phases and traffic management. You are invited to attend between 3PM AND 8PM.

Works Location



Ipswich Road roundabout 



Harwich Road roundabout 

A133 Ipswich Road improvement scheme, Colchester


About the scheme 

As part of a package of improvements included in the Integrated Transport Package for Colchester, recommendations have been made to upgrade the A133 Ipswich Road.  This route provides east to west access without the need to travel through Colchester town centre.

The overall objective of the scheme is to alleviate congestion, improve access for all modes of transport while supporting growth and economic prosperity of the town.   

Following a public information event held in September 2016, comments have been taken into account and plans have been reviewed.  

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.

Arrangements will be made during the contractor mobilisation period for residents and businesses living close to the works to be invited to a drop-in session.  This will provide an opportunity for the phasing of the works to be shared and a chance for them to meet the contractors.   Details will be published as soon as they become available.

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.


When will the work take place?

The works will be carried out in a phased approach.  More details will be published as the work programme becomes available.

Mobilisation works are due to commence June 2018 and it is anticipated main construction will be completed during winter 2019/20. 


How will it affect you?

Throughout the various phases, traffic management will be necessary and temporary lane restrictions will be in place which may include temporary overnight closures.  

While 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.

Advanced notice will be given to motorists of any planned closures or diversions to allow road users to plan ahead via on site signage, the @essexhighways twitter feed and this web page.

To view 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 available on our twitter feed @essexhighways.