New cycleway on Head Street still expected to open this month despite gas leak

Press Release

A new city centre cycleway in Colchester remains on track to open by the end of the month, but a gas leak could delay full completion of the scheme.

The new two-way segregated cycleway on Head Street will allow cyclists and users of TIER e-scooters to travel freely in both directions on Head Street, safely separated from pedestrians and road traffic, and encouraging safer, greener and healthier travel in the city.

Work on the scheme, which is funded through the Government’s Active Travel Fund, was due to be finished by the end of April and the cycleway is still expected to be open by that date.

However, Essex County Council has announced that a gas leak could delay the completion of the final elements of the scheme, including an upgraded crossing at the junction with Culver Street West.

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Safer, Greener, Healthier Colchester

An update of the measures being introduced under Active Travel 2 measures to make Colchester safer, greener and healthier:

  • Works will not be progressing with the proposals on Crouch Street West, Balkerne Hill and Crouch Street East at this time.
  • Crouch Street junction with St Johns Street, Head Street & Headgate. Upgrades to the traffic signal junction to connect the north to south and east to west Colchester city cycle routes, by providing cyclists with their own signal phases so all modes of travel can safely use the junction. These works are now completed and the traffic signal for cyclists will be operational once the cycle lane on Head Street has been made permanent (see below).
  • Head Street/Culver Street West (between St Johns Street and High Street): segregated two-way cycle lanes and modification of existing crossing to accommodate cycle lanes and movements. Works are underway currently.
  • Head Street junction with High Street: modify operation and layout of existing signal-controlled junction to accommodate cycle lanes and movements. These works will follow on from the above. Planned construction date: spring 2024.
  • Station Way: retain and make permanent segregated two-way cycle contraflow lane. Works complete.
  • Vineyard Street car park: works completed (to install a new two-way cycle track, footway and shared used area). Road markings at the car park entrance have been refreshed to suit the new layout.
  • St Johns Street to Vineyard Street and Osbourne Street: continuation of eastbound to westbound route to connect to Vineyard Street car park,   Planned construction date: summer 2024.
  • 20mph speed limits: construction now completed.
  • Healthy School Streets: new signage and temporary street art installed.

Please see the story mapper in the section below which sets out the original scheme details consulted on between May and July 2021.

Consultation Story Mapper

Colchester Story Mapper - Link