Essex Highways, Safer, Greener, Healthier

St Botolph's Circus, Colchester

Introduction

Aerial Image showing the area around St BotolphsSt Botolph’s Circus is situated to the south of Colchester Town Centre on the A134 Southway at its junction with St Botolph’s Street, Mersea Road and Magdalen Street.

Colchester Town railway station is also situated just off the roundabout.

The junction is partially signalised and has a complex arrangement, particularly on the north side, where vehicles have to cross the roundabout approach lanes on St Botolph’s Street to gain access to the Britannia Way car park.

The Magistrates' Court car park and the railway accessible parking bays are directly off the roundabout which leads to further safety issues for both drivers and pedestrians.

Essex County Council is committed to improving the area and funding is available to provide improvements to vehicular traffic, buses, pedestrians and cyclists along the A134 Southway corridor and St Botolph’s Circus. 

What are the current problems?

The roundabout is often congested with traffic and this will continue to worsen if improvements are not made. 

The junction currently experiences significant congestion in peak hours. During this time, the average vehicle speeds are below 50% of off-peak times where traffic is free-flowing.

A collision analysis found that most of the collisions in the study area were concentrated around St Botolph’s Circus roundabout. Safety for vulnerable road users within this area is poor. 11 of the 18 reported injury collisions involved pedestrians, pedal cyclists or powered two-wheeler users (such as motorcycles).

In addition, pedestrians and cyclists currently navigate the roundabout using underpasses that are unappealing and the open space below the surface attracts antisocial behaviour.