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Colchester High Street Pavement Improvements

Progress Update - 18 September 2020: Colchester High Street improvements continue

We welcome the current dry conditions as progress had recently been hampered by the changeable weather and high footfall levels in the town during August’s ‘Eat out to help out’ campaign.  The team are now making good progress overnight with much of the grouting on the southern section of the High Street complete.  Some works are taking place on remaining areas during early mornings when the businesses are closed.

On the northern footpath slab joints have been ground out, working in a easterly direction along the High Street to Museum Street.  Grouting has been completed up to Wagamama’s and the team are now working towards the Salvation Army Shop which they hope to have reached by Monday 21 September.

Daytime works are taking place between 8am and 11am to accommodate works in front of Bills, Atik and After Office Hours, to minimise any inconvenience to their trading hours.

Operations to cleanse the drainage systems is regularly being undertaken to avoid any build-up of materials caused by our works. This was carried out on the southern side this week, with the focus next week on the northern side of the High Street.

There are some areas where minor defects have been identified.  These will be addressed in the coming weeks before we begin to seal the paths.

Thank you for your patience while we continue to carry out these improvements to the High Street. 

View of workforce carrying out overnight footway improvements

Works Location




About the scheme

Improvements to the pavements in Colchester High Street are planned this summer, funded by Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

The works are anticipated to take approximately 12 weeks to complete, with works taking place overnight to repair and improve the paving by replacing some slabs and re-grouting and sealing all pavement slabs.

Essex Highways is managing the work while Colchester Council is leading on liaising with local residents and businesses about the work. This follows the recent completion of ultrafast broadband works in the area.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, added: “Colchester Council and Amphora Trading have found an efficient solution to broadband upgrades, and have freed up an earlier start date for our work. We will ensure that the pavements are greatly improved and future-proofed with minimum inconvenience to traders and public. Colchester has a great future beyond these still tough times now.”

Cllr Martin Goss, Colchester Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation, said: “I’m very pleased that this work to improve Colchester High Street, which will make it a more attractive place for people to visit and shop, is happening earlier than planned, through our jointly funded project with the County Council. We want to ensure the town centre remains a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. There are better times ahead!”

What is involved and how this may it affect you

These improvements are planned to begin on Monday 20 July and are anticipated to take approximately 12 weeks to complete, subject to suitable weather conditions and no unexpected issues arising.

To minimise inconvenience in the area, repairs will be carried out at night between the hours of 7pm and 6am, Sunday to Thursday to avoid any issues for late-night businesses who trade Friday and Saturday nights.   The work will be carried out in phases moving along the street.  

We aim to complete the noisiest operations before 11.30pm, with less noisy activities continuing for the remainder of the shift.  Work will progress in sections along the road, so activity in any one area will typically be for a few nights before moving onto a new section. Contractors will use hydrogen-powered equipment where possible, reducing local air and noise pollution. Sound-suppressant barriers will be used to reduce noise inside adjacent premises.

During the works protective barriers will be in place to separate the work area from the public, however these measures will be lifted following each shift to limit obstructions on the pavements.

Throughout the works pedestrian routes will be maintained however short detours around the working area may be required.

Work will involve replacing any unusable slabs with new colour-coordinated slabs to match the existing where possible, repairing any damaged areas with grouting and sealing to prevent damage in future.

Officers from Colchester Borough Council will be talking to residents and business owners directly affected to ensure that there is little or no inconvenience or loss of access to premises for customers.

Further information

Residents and businesses directly affected by these works are being contacted directly.

Updates, traffic management and access information will be reflected on local signage and this webpage as information becomes available.

You may also wish to follow @essexhighways or view for information about other works in the area.

Please be aware that the work programme may be subject to change if for example if affected by poor weather, if other unexpected issues arise including Government advice associated with Covid-19.

Thank you for your patience while we carry out these improvements.