Elements of the experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO's) for Colchester Town Centre that were introduced in October 2013 have been made permanent with effect from 17 September 2014.
The main benefits for the town centre are:
- improved public transport journey reliability in the town centre, in advance of the Park and Ride service becoming operational in March 2015
- an improvement in air quality
- improvements to the pedestrian environment in the High Street by reducing traffic volume
- to encourage the use of more sustainable means of transport for short journeys, that will have benefits for both public health and the environment.
The permanent traffic restrictions consist of:
Permanent 24 hour Bus Lanes: (more info on bus lane enforcement here)
|High Street ||SOUTH SIDE: From junction with Queen Street, west for a distance of 50 metres |
|North Hill ||EAST SIDE: Southbound direction from junction with St Peter's Street to junction with High Street |
|Middleborough ||NORTH SIDE: Southern Eastbound Lane from North Hill, west for a distance of 47 metres |
Exemption for buses, hackney carriages, pedal cycles, motorcycles and authorised vehicles, where 'authorised vehicles' are licensed private hire vehicles.
Permanent vehicle prohibition:
|Cowdray Crescent ||Entire length, from western junction with High Street to eastern junction with High Street |
Essex County Council (ECC) has reviewed the comments and objections received during the experimental period and has responded to questions raised. For answers to the most frequently asked questions, please see below: