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Views of businesses and residents help shape new active travel proposals for Crouch Street in Colchester


24/11/2022
Safer, Greener, Healthier

Essex County Council recommends new option is progressed following continued engagement with residents and businesses.

A new proposal to revamp Crouch Street West in Colchester, aimed at improving space for pedestrians and cyclists, is set to move forward following talks and meetings with residents and business owners.

The latest plans drawn up for Crouch Street West will create new designated cycle routes in both directions, resurface the existing road and pavements and see the creation of a new area of public space for pedestrians. The plans will retain plenty of car parking spaces in the street for those who are unable to visit the area without the use of a vehicle.

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Safer, Greener, Healthier Colchester

An update of the measures being introduced in Colchester under Active Travel 2 measures:

  • Crouch Street West: a new proposal to revamp Crouch Street West, aimed at improving space for pedestrians and cyclists, is set to move forward following talks and meetings with residents and business owners. The latest plans drawn up will create new designated  cycle routes in both directions, resurface the existing road and pavements and see the creation of a new area of public space for pedestrians. The plans will retain plenty of car parking spaces in the street for those who are unable to visit the area without the use of a vehicle. The herringbone car parrking will be replaced with parallel parking to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists an disabled users of the street.
  • Crouch Street junction with St Johns Street, Head Street & Headgate: formal consultation (TRO) will start in December. Construction date to be confirmed.
  • Head Street and Culver Street West Crossing: segregated cycle lanes and modification of existing crossing. Formal consultation (TRO) will start in December. Construction planned for summer 2023.
  • Head Street junction with High Street: modification of operation and layout of existing signal-controlled junction to accommodate cycle lanes and movements. Formal consultation (TRO) will start in December. Construction planned for summer 2023.
  • Station Way: retain and make permanent segregated two-way cycle contraflow lane. Formal consultation (TRO) will start in December. Construction planned for spring 2023.
  • Vineyard Street car park: works almost completed to install a new two-way cycle track, footway and shared used area. Cyclists will benefit from additional cycle parking within the car park. They will also be able to cycle along the new segregated cycle link through the car park and continue on the existing cycleway to Vineyard Street. The existing retractable bollard remains, the other bollards will be replaced with cycle-friendly bollards with signs and the existing road markings at the car park entrance have been refreshed to suit the new layout.

  • 20mph speed limits: new signage completed.

  • Healthy School Streets: construction will commence either in February half term or Easter school holidays.

Please see the map in the documents section for some location detail. Full scheme details can be seen below.