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Bakers Lane, Colchester - Footway and Carriageway Improvements  

Latest News - 21 December 2020: Bakers Lane: road closure lifted

We are pleased to confirm the road closure on Bakers Lane was lifted on Saturday 19 December 2020 following the completion of the second phase of reconstruction works.

There will be a pause in the works for the Christmas period from Monday 21 December 2020 to Monday 4 January 2021. During this time there will be no traffic management in place.

Our works will resume Monday 4 January 2021 with lane restrictions in place managed by temporary traffic lights for the third phase of reconstruction works.

We would to thank local residents and businesses for the continued patience and co-operation shown during these improvements.

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Works Location

View of Bakers Lane


View of Bakers Lane 

The scheme

Footway and carriageway reconstruction works are planned for a 360m section of Bakers Lane in Colchester, from the junction with B1508 Braiswick travelling in a southerly direction.  The road and footways are currently in a poor condition so the work will require upgrading the kerbing along this section and carrying out resurfacing improvements to the footways.  Lamp column replacement works will also be carried out to upgrade the street lighting to the latest specifications.  

Within the carriageway, where there is evidence of movement in the existing concrete base, these sections will be removed and replaced with an improved flexible material before the new road is laid and resurfaced.  

What is involved and how this may it affect you

Works began in November 2020 and are expected to take approximately four months to complete with weather permitting and no unexpected issues arising.

The majority of the improvements will be carried out during the daytime between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. The works will be carried out in phases to limit the amount of properties affected by the restrictions at any one time.

Proposed traffic management restrictions:

Proposed phasing start date Area affected   Works and Proposed Traffic Restrictions 
Phase 1 - completed
2 to 9 Bakers Lane Footway and kerbing works. Kerbing starting from B1508 Braiswick to 9 Bakers Lane followed by footway surfacing. Street lighting and signage will be installed.
• Carriageway restrictions in place managed by two-way traffic lights

Phase 2 -         in progress

2 to 9 Bakers Lane Excavations in the carriageway will commence as part of the reconstruction process
• Road closure
Chrismas break   No or minimal restrictions anticipated* Christmas break from 18 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.  During this time we aim to remove traffic management and reopen the road.*
Phase 3   11 to 23 Bakers Lane. 1 to 4 Burywoods, 1 to 4 Ramparts Court, Ramparts Farm and Bastion House Footway and kerbing works from 11 Bakers Lane to Ramparts Farm
• Carriageway restrictions in place managed by two-way traffic lights 
Phase 4
 Bakers Lane Carriageway resurfacing and joint repairs.
• Road closure

 * Dependent on utilitiy services - refer to latest news update.

Diversions will be in place for traffic diverted locally however pedestrian access on Bakers Lane will be maintained throughout.

As the works involve excavations, reconstruction and surfacing of the carriageway and footways, there may be periods when driveway access will be temporarily restricted within the closed section of road. The on-site team will be available to provide residents with guidance on parking, for those who are affected by the works.

Please check this webpage for the latest updates.

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.  Information will also be shared with local parish councils.

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