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Head Street / Headgate / Crouch Street / St Johns Street, Colchester - traffic signal renewal 

Latest News - 20 February 2020: Colchester traffic signal renewal part completed

We are pleased to confirm the majority of the planned work to renew the traffic signal equipment on Head Street / Headgate / Crouch Street / St Johns Street is complete with all new signals tested and operational. 

Please be aware, we were unable to renew the two existing traffic signals on the west footway on Headgate (photo below shows location) and will reschedule the work for a later date. This is due to the proximity of a number of power cables in the western footway, it was not possible to fully complete the traffic signal renewal scheme until UKPN (the cable owners) can undertake the required power cable diversion work to allow the new signal poles to be installed.

We will update this webpage when dates and traffic management for the outstanding work is confirmed.

We would like to thank residents and local businesses for their patience and support during these works.

About the scheme

Arrangements have been made to renew the traffic signals at Head Street / Headgate / Crouch Street / St Johns Street, Colchester. 

The works

Works are due to start on Monday 13 January 2020 and will take approximately five weeks to complete. 

The purpose of the work is to renew the traffic signals which are nearing the end of their life expectancy including installing underground cable ducts where required and new extra low voltage equipment which helps reduce the carbon footprint produced by the traffic signals.

What is involved and how it may affect you

For the duration of the works, temporary traffic signals will be in place and will be set up to mimic the existing signals as closely as possible.

The majority of the works will be carried out overnight between 7pm and 5am, Monday to Friday. During the daytime, traffic management restrictions will be lifted where possible to allow the temporary traffic lights to work in a similar way to the existing signals to control traffic at the junction.

We currently anticipate a limited number of full road closures on Head Street and St John's Street. These closures have been provisionally booked overnight on the following days:

  • Thursday 16 January 2020 (7pm to 5am): Closure of Head Street
  • Friday 17 January 2020 (7pm to 5am): Closure of Head Street 
  • Wednesday 12 February 2020 (7pm to 5am): Closure of St John's Street
  • Thursday 13 February 2020 (7pm to 5am): Closure of St John's Street

A Local diversion route will be in place during road closures. We would urge drivers to allow additional travelling time and take care to observe traffic management and signage in place, which is necessary to protect the public and the workforce.

Some temporary footway restrictions or footway closures may be needed provide a safe working area while operatives are on site.  Temporary crossing arrangements will be made available as necessary.

To view details regarding the proposed diversion routes please refer to the information in the Document section below.

Passenger Transport

During overnight road closures on Head Street, the bus stops located within the closure will not be operational. We advise passengers who wish to use the bus service to use an alternative bus stop located nearby outside of the closed section of road.

For enquiries concerning the bus service please contact the bus operator or for other general queries you can contact the Essex Passenger Transport Team on 0345 603 2200.

You can also follow the passenger transport twitter account: @Essex_pt

Further information

Please note that the programme may be subject to change if affected by poor weather or if unexpected issues arise. 

We aim to keep residents and businesses updated via this webpage and site signage.

For details about other roadworks in the area please visit: (formerly or the @essexhighways twitter feed.