My bold plan to end north Colchester’s traffic jam problems

My bold plan to end north Colchester’s traffic jam problems

My bold plan to end north Colchester’s traffic jam problems

First published in News

A RETIRED civil engineer has come up with a plan he says would end north Colchester’s traffic jams.

Wilf Ring is suggesting the answer is to build two new relief roads linking the congested North Station area with points to the north and east.

The plans would involve cutting through two sections of Highwoods Country Park, something Mr Ring admits could prove controversial.

However, he insists the benefits would outweigh the disadvantages.

He explained: “My suggestions address problems that transcend just the North Station traffic problems.

“They would also provide an alternative to the always-congested Ipswich Road/Cowdray Avenue junction."

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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7:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

DailyGazette says...

It will still bottle neck on the narrow roads of our historic town. Even more so with traffic coming in, in more directions.
And the suggestion of building on our dwindling green land says a lot about your character and judgement.
The real problem is over population and it will only get worse....
It will still bottle neck on the narrow roads of our historic town. Even more so with traffic coming in, in more directions. And the suggestion of building on our dwindling green land says a lot about your character and judgement. The real problem is over population and it will only get worse.... DailyGazette
  • Score: 39

8:32pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Fnagster says...

Why don't they knock all the houses down and build a 10 lane super highway, that way less population and greater traffic flow, sorted!
Why don't they knock all the houses down and build a 10 lane super highway, that way less population and greater traffic flow, sorted! Fnagster
  • Score: 10

9:16pm Wed 16 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

Could put a roundabout in on Cowdray Ave and continue along Catchpool Road, over the river and up the hill to a another roundabout at Queen Street. Just a few houses, an old wall and a castle to knock down but the benefits would outweigh the disadvantages and could be funded by building houses on the green bits remaining either side of the new road. Might be complaints but easily sorted with brown envelopes and a few fires.
Could put a roundabout in on Cowdray Ave and continue along Catchpool Road, over the river and up the hill to a another roundabout at Queen Street. Just a few houses, an old wall and a castle to knock down but the benefits would outweigh the disadvantages and could be funded by building houses on the green bits remaining either side of the new road. Might be complaints but easily sorted with brown envelopes and a few fires. hughie-s
  • Score: 18

9:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

The best solution is to make the schoolchildren walk or catch service buses to school. No problems when they are on holiday.

Some sort of link road between Lexden, West Bergholt and Gt. Horkesley is required to relieve traffic at North Station. How about a link road between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road as well? The schools in that area snarl the place up twice a day.
The best solution is to make the schoolchildren walk or catch service buses to school. No problems when they are on holiday. Some sort of link road between Lexden, West Bergholt and Gt. Horkesley is required to relieve traffic at North Station. How about a link road between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road as well? The schools in that area snarl the place up twice a day. greenbroker
  • Score: 22

9:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

colcestrian says...

A lot of the congestion at North Station is caused by the large number of pedestrians crossing the road outside Wickes, this results in the lights being red more than green at certain times of the day which in turn backs the traffic up in both directions. Simple answer is to construct a new pedestrian bridge on the Town side of the railway, do away with the short section of Bus lane in North Station Road which will relieve the congestion to the Westway roundabout. Then install either a bridge or a tunnel for the pedestrians to use next to St Helena School, which will also stop the roundabout being congested. Simple answers, that can be implemented without the need to spend millions of pounds of money or years of consultations.
A lot of the congestion at North Station is caused by the large number of pedestrians crossing the road outside Wickes, this results in the lights being red more than green at certain times of the day which in turn backs the traffic up in both directions. Simple answer is to construct a new pedestrian bridge on the Town side of the railway, do away with the short section of Bus lane in North Station Road which will relieve the congestion to the Westway roundabout. Then install either a bridge or a tunnel for the pedestrians to use next to St Helena School, which will also stop the roundabout being congested. Simple answers, that can be implemented without the need to spend millions of pounds of money or years of consultations. colcestrian
  • Score: 34

9:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

greenbroker wrote:
The best solution is to make the schoolchildren walk or catch service buses to school. No problems when they are on holiday.

Some sort of link road between Lexden, West Bergholt and Gt. Horkesley is required to relieve traffic at North Station. How about a link road between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road as well? The schools in that area snarl the place up twice a day.
"How about a link road between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road as well?" Fill in the missing bit of Norman Way and you've got it. Was a plan years ago for a southern relief road from Ave of Remembrance, across Hilly Fields, Norman Way, Boadicea Way, land between barracks and St Michaels, through what is now the Willows, Abbott's Road, Whitehall Road to foot of Clingoe Hill.
[quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: The best solution is to make the schoolchildren walk or catch service buses to school. No problems when they are on holiday. Some sort of link road between Lexden, West Bergholt and Gt. Horkesley is required to relieve traffic at North Station. How about a link road between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road as well? The schools in that area snarl the place up twice a day.[/p][/quote]"How about a link road between Lexden Road and Shrub End Road as well?" Fill in the missing bit of Norman Way and you've got it. Was a plan years ago for a southern relief road from Ave of Remembrance, across Hilly Fields, Norman Way, Boadicea Way, land between barracks and St Michaels, through what is now the Willows, Abbott's Road, Whitehall Road to foot of Clingoe Hill. hughie-s
  • Score: 6

10:04pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Slow news day?
Slow news day? Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Fellulah69 says...

Stop trying to get rid of the last bit of green in colchester!! Cant build on every inch!! Make public transport better and more reasonable price and it will help. As per previous comment, no probs during school holidays……
Stop trying to get rid of the last bit of green in colchester!! Cant build on every inch!! Make public transport better and more reasonable price and it will help. As per previous comment, no probs during school holidays…… Fellulah69
  • Score: 8

11:30pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Boris says...

Boris wrote:
greenbroker wrote:
DailyGazette wrote:
Wakner!!
No wonder DailyGazette was brief with the comments. Cannot even spell.
Probably he was trying to avoid the profanity check. But the Gannett Corporation do not recognise **** as a profane word, it is unknown to Americans. So you can use that word. Likewise, you can use arse if you want. But if you want to use the word a s s, you must space it out.
Sorry, i was wrong. You can say arse, but dailyt Gazette was right, you must either misspell w a n k e r, or space it out.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DailyGazette[/bold] wrote: Wakner!![/p][/quote]No wonder DailyGazette was brief with the comments. Cannot even spell.[/p][/quote]Probably he was trying to avoid the profanity check. But the Gannett Corporation do not recognise **** as a profane word, it is unknown to Americans. So you can use that word. Likewise, you can use arse if you want. But if you want to use the word a s s, you must space it out.[/p][/quote]Sorry, i was wrong. You can say arse, but dailyt Gazette was right, you must either misspell w a n k e r, or space it out. Boris
  • Score: 5

4:34am Thu 17 Apr 14

co4 says...

colcestrian wrote:
A lot of the congestion at North Station is caused by the large number of pedestrians crossing the road outside Wickes, this results in the lights being red more than green at certain times of the day which in turn backs the traffic up in both directions. Simple answer is to construct a new pedestrian bridge on the Town side of the railway, do away with the short section of Bus lane in North Station Road which will relieve the congestion to the Westway roundabout. Then install either a bridge or a tunnel for the pedestrians to use next to St Helena School, which will also stop the roundabout being congested. Simple answers, that can be implemented without the need to spend millions of pounds of money or years of consultations.
Not a bad idea but this would then make it impossible to turn left out of Clarendon Way or left out of North Station road because without the pedestrian crossing, there would be a never-ending stream of traffic coming under North Station Bridge towards Essex Hall roundabout.
[quote][p][bold]colcestrian[/bold] wrote: A lot of the congestion at North Station is caused by the large number of pedestrians crossing the road outside Wickes, this results in the lights being red more than green at certain times of the day which in turn backs the traffic up in both directions. Simple answer is to construct a new pedestrian bridge on the Town side of the railway, do away with the short section of Bus lane in North Station Road which will relieve the congestion to the Westway roundabout. Then install either a bridge or a tunnel for the pedestrians to use next to St Helena School, which will also stop the roundabout being congested. Simple answers, that can be implemented without the need to spend millions of pounds of money or years of consultations.[/p][/quote]Not a bad idea but this would then make it impossible to turn left out of Clarendon Way or left out of North Station road because without the pedestrian crossing, there would be a never-ending stream of traffic coming under North Station Bridge towards Essex Hall roundabout. co4
  • Score: 2

8:17am Thu 17 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

co4 wrote:
colcestrian wrote:
A lot of the congestion at North Station is caused by the large number of pedestrians crossing the road outside Wickes, this results in the lights being red more than green at certain times of the day which in turn backs the traffic up in both directions. Simple answer is to construct a new pedestrian bridge on the Town side of the railway, do away with the short section of Bus lane in North Station Road which will relieve the congestion to the Westway roundabout. Then install either a bridge or a tunnel for the pedestrians to use next to St Helena School, which will also stop the roundabout being congested. Simple answers, that can be implemented without the need to spend millions of pounds of money or years of consultations.
Not a bad idea but this would then make it impossible to turn left out of Clarendon Way or left out of North Station road because without the pedestrian crossing, there would be a never-ending stream of traffic coming under North Station Bridge towards Essex Hall roundabout.
When the road scheme was completed, there was no pedestrian crossing because of the new footbridge. Nobody used the footbridge, hence the pedestrian crossing being built. Traffic light sensors were installed that were bus sensitive in North Station Road between the two roundabouts for traffic wanting to exit Clarendon Way and North Station Road owing to the heavy traffic flow from the north. I've not seen them work. Maybe they were withdrawn when the pedestrian crossing was built? The whole area is a complete mess for cyclists, cars, buses and pedestrians.
[quote][p][bold]co4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]colcestrian[/bold] wrote: A lot of the congestion at North Station is caused by the large number of pedestrians crossing the road outside Wickes, this results in the lights being red more than green at certain times of the day which in turn backs the traffic up in both directions. Simple answer is to construct a new pedestrian bridge on the Town side of the railway, do away with the short section of Bus lane in North Station Road which will relieve the congestion to the Westway roundabout. Then install either a bridge or a tunnel for the pedestrians to use next to St Helena School, which will also stop the roundabout being congested. Simple answers, that can be implemented without the need to spend millions of pounds of money or years of consultations.[/p][/quote]Not a bad idea but this would then make it impossible to turn left out of Clarendon Way or left out of North Station road because without the pedestrian crossing, there would be a never-ending stream of traffic coming under North Station Bridge towards Essex Hall roundabout.[/p][/quote]When the road scheme was completed, there was no pedestrian crossing because of the new footbridge. Nobody used the footbridge, hence the pedestrian crossing being built. Traffic light sensors were installed that were bus sensitive in North Station Road between the two roundabouts for traffic wanting to exit Clarendon Way and North Station Road owing to the heavy traffic flow from the north. I've not seen them work. Maybe they were withdrawn when the pedestrian crossing was built? The whole area is a complete mess for cyclists, cars, buses and pedestrians. greenbroker
  • Score: 9

8:36am Thu 17 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

None of it will happen!
There is little money and more importantly there is no will from any local politician, CBC or ECC to work together and develop a workable solution that suits everyone. They will continue to extend and introduce more bus lanes, even though our bus services don't work for most people due to over pricing or poor routing/timetables.

So until buses become a viable alternative to the car to get everyone where they want to be, when they want to get there, there will always be those who find it convenient to put the blame onto the motorist!
None of it will happen! There is little money and more importantly there is no will from any local politician, CBC or ECC to work together and develop a workable solution that suits everyone. They will continue to extend and introduce more bus lanes, even though our bus services don't work for most people due to over pricing or poor routing/timetables. So until buses become a viable alternative to the car to get everyone where they want to be, when they want to get there, there will always be those who find it convenient to put the blame onto the motorist! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 7

8:56am Thu 17 Apr 14

romantic says...

This sort of scheme belongs back in the 60s, when people thought the car would be the only means of transport for the future. Back then, we almost ended up with raised motorways ringing the centre (think Birmingham, but on a smaller scale). We almost lost the Highwoods Park area to developers then. Building more and more roads will just shift the jams to other places in the town.

We need better and cheaper public transport, we need kids walking to school if they are within a couple of miles. You can immediately tell when it is the school holidays by the lessening of traffic. The biggest danger preventing kids walking to school is the traffic generated by parents driving the others there!

There was an article a few months back which said that some large % of journeys by car in Colchester were less than a mile. Every person sitting in a jam is part of the cause of the problem. Everybody sitting in the North Station area will say that their journey is essential, but I am sure many of them could cut the use of the car if they thought about it.
This sort of scheme belongs back in the 60s, when people thought the car would be the only means of transport for the future. Back then, we almost ended up with raised motorways ringing the centre (think Birmingham, but on a smaller scale). We almost lost the Highwoods Park area to developers then. Building more and more roads will just shift the jams to other places in the town. We need better and cheaper public transport, we need kids walking to school if they are within a couple of miles. You can immediately tell when it is the school holidays by the lessening of traffic. The biggest danger preventing kids walking to school is the traffic generated by parents driving the others there! There was an article a few months back which said that some large % of journeys by car in Colchester were less than a mile. Every person sitting in a jam is part of the cause of the problem. Everybody sitting in the North Station area will say that their journey is essential, but I am sure many of them could cut the use of the car if they thought about it. romantic
  • Score: 8

9:13am Thu 17 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

A footbridge from 'Wickes' to the 'Railway' hence negating the need for the pedestrian crossing makes sense to help traffic flow.

A further simple improvement might be to make the stretch of North Station Road (from the 'Wickes' island to by the 'Albert' island) Bus/Taxi/Residents only in BOTH directions. A controversial idea, yes, as it may seem daft to reduce road capacity to create an improvement. However, traffic flow in Cowdray Avenue (a principle artery) gets repeatedly blocked at the 'Albert' Island because of cars (first) struggling to get past the above (Wickes) pedestrian crossing; which then chokes the stretch outside of the 'Norfolk' and that impedes Cowdray Avenue causing hold ups in every direction. It's thence then a double choke up (Wickes and Albert). The (Albert) pedestrian crossing also doesn't help.

If all through traffic instead had to flow via the much larger traffic island that by St Helena School and hence ONLY along the main arterial routes, I suspect that it MIGHT flow better. A radical idea; yes; but it's possibly worth a temporary traffic experiment for a couple of weeks just to see if it works.

I am troubled by the thought of a new road through Highwoods Park. A 'gyratory' system AROUND the park should have been built long before Highwoods housing and Tesco etc. as this desirable green space was predictably going to be a future traffic barrier and the huge expansion of development in North Colchester was anticipated.years ago. But it is too late now and the park should be preserved. Hence,other more expensive solutions must therefore take precedence. What happened to the tunnel mooted under the railway from 'Asda' to Cowdrey Avenue; and if these problems ulimately can't be resolved, why is the local authority permitting over 5,000 future houses to be built north of these bottlenecks?
A footbridge from 'Wickes' to the 'Railway' hence negating the need for the pedestrian crossing makes sense to help traffic flow. A further simple improvement might be to make the stretch of North Station Road (from the 'Wickes' island to by the 'Albert' island) Bus/Taxi/Residents only in BOTH directions. A controversial idea, yes, as it may seem daft to reduce road capacity to create an improvement. However, traffic flow in Cowdray Avenue (a principle artery) gets repeatedly blocked at the 'Albert' Island because of cars (first) struggling to get past the above (Wickes) pedestrian crossing; which then chokes the stretch outside of the 'Norfolk' and that impedes Cowdray Avenue causing hold ups in every direction. It's thence then a double choke up (Wickes and Albert). The (Albert) pedestrian crossing also doesn't help. If all through traffic instead had to flow via the much larger traffic island that by St Helena School and hence ONLY along the main arterial routes, I suspect that it MIGHT flow better. A radical idea; yes; but it's possibly worth a temporary traffic experiment for a couple of weeks just to see if it works. I am troubled by the thought of a new road through Highwoods Park. A 'gyratory' system AROUND the park should have been built long before Highwoods housing and Tesco etc. as this desirable green space was predictably going to be a future traffic barrier and the huge expansion of development in North Colchester was anticipated.years ago. But it is too late now and the park should be preserved. Hence,other more expensive solutions must therefore take precedence. What happened to the tunnel mooted under the railway from 'Asda' to Cowdrey Avenue; and if these problems ulimately can't be resolved, why is the local authority permitting over 5,000 future houses to be built north of these bottlenecks? Noah4x4
  • Score: 3

9:43am Thu 17 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
A footbridge from 'Wickes' to the 'Railway' hence negating the need for the pedestrian crossing makes sense to help traffic flow.

A further simple improvement might be to make the stretch of North Station Road (from the 'Wickes' island to by the 'Albert' island) Bus/Taxi/Residents only in BOTH directions. A controversial idea, yes, as it may seem daft to reduce road capacity to create an improvement. However, traffic flow in Cowdray Avenue (a principle artery) gets repeatedly blocked at the 'Albert' Island because of cars (first) struggling to get past the above (Wickes) pedestrian crossing; which then chokes the stretch outside of the 'Norfolk' and that impedes Cowdray Avenue causing hold ups in every direction. It's thence then a double choke up (Wickes and Albert). The (Albert) pedestrian crossing also doesn't help.

If all through traffic instead had to flow via the much larger traffic island that by St Helena School and hence ONLY along the main arterial routes, I suspect that it MIGHT flow better. A radical idea; yes; but it's possibly worth a temporary traffic experiment for a couple of weeks just to see if it works.

I am troubled by the thought of a new road through Highwoods Park. A 'gyratory' system AROUND the park should have been built long before Highwoods housing and Tesco etc. as this desirable green space was predictably going to be a future traffic barrier and the huge expansion of development in North Colchester was anticipated.years ago. But it is too late now and the park should be preserved. Hence,other more expensive solutions must therefore take precedence. What happened to the tunnel mooted under the railway from 'Asda' to Cowdrey Avenue; and if these problems ulimately can't be resolved, why is the local authority permitting over 5,000 future houses to be built north of these bottlenecks?
The lights at the Wickes pedestrian crossing create the window for anyone driving up past the Norfolk to get out and join the roundabout. Take them away and cars and buses could be sitting there for hours waiting for a gap.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: A footbridge from 'Wickes' to the 'Railway' hence negating the need for the pedestrian crossing makes sense to help traffic flow. A further simple improvement might be to make the stretch of North Station Road (from the 'Wickes' island to by the 'Albert' island) Bus/Taxi/Residents only in BOTH directions. A controversial idea, yes, as it may seem daft to reduce road capacity to create an improvement. However, traffic flow in Cowdray Avenue (a principle artery) gets repeatedly blocked at the 'Albert' Island because of cars (first) struggling to get past the above (Wickes) pedestrian crossing; which then chokes the stretch outside of the 'Norfolk' and that impedes Cowdray Avenue causing hold ups in every direction. It's thence then a double choke up (Wickes and Albert). The (Albert) pedestrian crossing also doesn't help. If all through traffic instead had to flow via the much larger traffic island that by St Helena School and hence ONLY along the main arterial routes, I suspect that it MIGHT flow better. A radical idea; yes; but it's possibly worth a temporary traffic experiment for a couple of weeks just to see if it works. I am troubled by the thought of a new road through Highwoods Park. A 'gyratory' system AROUND the park should have been built long before Highwoods housing and Tesco etc. as this desirable green space was predictably going to be a future traffic barrier and the huge expansion of development in North Colchester was anticipated.years ago. But it is too late now and the park should be preserved. Hence,other more expensive solutions must therefore take precedence. What happened to the tunnel mooted under the railway from 'Asda' to Cowdrey Avenue; and if these problems ulimately can't be resolved, why is the local authority permitting over 5,000 future houses to be built north of these bottlenecks?[/p][/quote]The lights at the Wickes pedestrian crossing create the window for anyone driving up past the Norfolk to get out and join the roundabout. Take them away and cars and buses could be sitting there for hours waiting for a gap. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 4

9:58am Thu 17 Apr 14

Jess Jephcott says...

What a nasty plan! We have elected the people who have enabled this congestion to happen through their unstructured house building plans. Let them reap the congestion that it brings and leave what is left of our natural areas alone. This retired plonker needs to find a hobby and quit adding to the demise of Colchester. Get the bus you idiot!
What a nasty plan! We have elected the people who have enabled this congestion to happen through their unstructured house building plans. Let them reap the congestion that it brings and leave what is left of our natural areas alone. This retired plonker needs to find a hobby and quit adding to the demise of Colchester. Get the bus you idiot! Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 7

10:04am Thu 17 Apr 14

West Stand United says...

Would make more sense to have a slip road down on to the A12 at West Bergholt diverting traffic in either direction. They had the chance to do this when the new bridge was constructed a few years back. Yes it would upset the residents of Braiswick but would take away the traffic from people just trying to reach the A12.

Of course if there are any properties in the way of any scheme to improve the road structure around Colchester we could always have the mystery fire to make sure nothing stands in any developers way.
Would make more sense to have a slip road down on to the A12 at West Bergholt diverting traffic in either direction. They had the chance to do this when the new bridge was constructed a few years back. Yes it would upset the residents of Braiswick but would take away the traffic from people just trying to reach the A12. Of course if there are any properties in the way of any scheme to improve the road structure around Colchester we could always have the mystery fire to make sure nothing stands in any developers way. West Stand United
  • Score: 8

10:11am Thu 17 Apr 14

Shambolic says...

Knock down the Castle put a motorway through from there across highwoods to the A12 ...sorted! :)
Knock down the Castle put a motorway through from there across highwoods to the A12 ...sorted! :) Shambolic
  • Score: 0

10:36am Thu 17 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

romantic said "We almost lost the Highwoods Park area to developers then."

Indeed, the bus destination blinds had High Woods (note the spelling) and East Woods (which is what is now known as Highwoods) on them in readiness.
romantic said "We almost lost the Highwoods Park area to developers then." Indeed, the bus destination blinds had High Woods (note the spelling) and East Woods (which is what is now known as Highwoods) on them in readiness. hughie-s
  • Score: 0

11:40am Thu 17 Apr 14

Scoot says...

There are some simple solutions to cure some of the congestion around the North Station. Firstly cancel all approved but not yet started building North of the Station (ok will probably need porky Pickles to get his hands dirty). Secondly, and probably a more simple solution, to sync the lights around the roundabout and outside Wickes - when the roundabout outside the station was re-developed the lights company admitted these weren't synced and also weren't aware that a large number of people get off trains between 6.30 and 7.30pm so maybe they should be called back in to have another look . Thirdly and also a simple solution. To turn the part of North Station road by the Norfolk back into two way thus allowing people who want to get to Cowdray Avenue a different route to having to join the queue of traffic trying to head Southbound or Westbound at the A133/Westway roundabout. No damage to the greenbelt and probably worth a try before any drastic measures are taken.
There are some simple solutions to cure some of the congestion around the North Station. Firstly cancel all approved but not yet started building North of the Station (ok will probably need porky Pickles to get his hands dirty). Secondly, and probably a more simple solution, to sync the lights around the roundabout and outside Wickes - when the roundabout outside the station was re-developed the lights company admitted these weren't synced and also weren't aware that a large number of people get off trains between 6.30 and 7.30pm so maybe they should be called back in to have another look . Thirdly and also a simple solution. To turn the part of North Station road by the Norfolk back into two way thus allowing people who want to get to Cowdray Avenue a different route to having to join the queue of traffic trying to head Southbound or Westbound at the A133/Westway roundabout. No damage to the greenbelt and probably worth a try before any drastic measures are taken. Scoot
  • Score: 5

10:46am Fri 18 Apr 14

Jack O Simons says...

Why not move the Station altogether. Surely that would be a far cheaper option?
Why not move the Station altogether. Surely that would be a far cheaper option? Jack O Simons
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Robert Shepter says...

Other towns have solved worse problems than Colchester has at north station. The problems there cannot be helped by the close proximity of pedestrian crossings to the Albert roundabout and the Norfolk roundabout. Pedestrian bridges, with ramp approaches for cyclists and wheelchair/pushchair users would help, as well as a balanced traffic control on both sides of the station underpass - one side has a pseudo-roundabout with traffic lights and yellow box junctions, the other has a roundabout with "keep clear" areas (which we all know are not respected!); use the same system on both sides, with sensors so that the technology know when queues are building and can lengthen the phases to help them clear, and you can solve half the problem.
The other half is to connect the station with the rest of town for those on foot and cycling; allowing cycling along the road between the Albert roundabout and the Norfolk roundabout is inconsistent, and the crossings over Cowdray Avenue do not connect to the cycling lanes, leading to cyclists nipping through gaps, riding along the pavement, motorists getting impatient, etc.
CBC need to paint more yellow box junctions, fit a few cameras, and fine motorists (and taxis and buses) for blocking them, so that traffic can move across these junctions. I usually sit at the Albert roundabout for more than a minute because traffic entering North Station Road (in either direction) is blocking the "keep clear"; who benefits from this selfishness? If motorists just stopped a few metres back, and allowed others to pass by, we would all spend less time waiting in traffic. A minute does not seem like a long time, but people get very impatient in 60 seconds, and then repay that impatience by blocking other motorists at the next junction, and so on.
That said, if you think Colchester is bad, visit any of the other towns in Essex of a similar size, and see their traffic problems. You will come to realise that traffic in Colchester actually flows very well.
Other towns have solved worse problems than Colchester has at north station. The problems there cannot be helped by the close proximity of pedestrian crossings to the Albert roundabout and the Norfolk roundabout. Pedestrian bridges, with ramp approaches for cyclists and wheelchair/pushchair users would help, as well as a balanced traffic control on both sides of the station underpass - one side has a pseudo-roundabout with traffic lights and yellow box junctions, the other has a roundabout with "keep clear" areas (which we all know are not respected!); use the same system on both sides, with sensors so that the technology know when queues are building and can lengthen the phases to help them clear, and you can solve half the problem. The other half is to connect the station with the rest of town for those on foot and cycling; allowing cycling along the road between the Albert roundabout and the Norfolk roundabout is inconsistent, and the crossings over Cowdray Avenue do not connect to the cycling lanes, leading to cyclists nipping through gaps, riding along the pavement, motorists getting impatient, etc. CBC need to paint more yellow box junctions, fit a few cameras, and fine motorists (and taxis and buses) for blocking them, so that traffic can move across these junctions. I usually sit at the Albert roundabout for more than a minute because traffic entering North Station Road (in either direction) is blocking the "keep clear"; who benefits from this selfishness? If motorists just stopped a few metres back, and allowed others to pass by, we would all spend less time waiting in traffic. A minute does not seem like a long time, but people get very impatient in 60 seconds, and then repay that impatience by blocking other motorists at the next junction, and so on. That said, if you think Colchester is bad, visit any of the other towns in Essex of a similar size, and see their traffic problems. You will come to realise that traffic in Colchester actually flows very well. Robert Shepter
  • Score: -4

6:54pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

We can talk about it until the cows come home but we all know nothing nothing nothing will ever be done. The rise and rise of the fastest growing town in Britain due to factors like mass immigration will of course be ignored and we are will have to get used to more and more traffic gridlock. CBC's answer is to grant planning permission to more housing estates.
We can talk about it until the cows come home but we all know nothing nothing nothing will ever be done. The rise and rise of the fastest growing town in Britain due to factors like mass immigration will of course be ignored and we are will have to get used to more and more traffic gridlock. CBC's answer is to grant planning permission to more housing estates. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 4

10:35pm Fri 18 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

Jack O Simons If the traffic obeyed the box junctions, they wouldn't go anywhere. It's the only way to get into the traffic flow from Mile End Road.
Jack O Simons If the traffic obeyed the box junctions, they wouldn't go anywhere. It's the only way to get into the traffic flow from Mile End Road. greenbroker
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Red Tape 2 says...

Here's a radical idea - how about running public transport as a service rather than for profit...
Here's a radical idea - how about running public transport as a service rather than for profit... Red Tape 2
  • Score: 8

8:15am Sun 20 Apr 14

NolongerGREATBritain says...

The problem in Colchester is the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings straight off roundabouts. Also two lanes which merge into one.
The problem in Colchester is the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings straight off roundabouts. Also two lanes which merge into one. NolongerGREATBritain
  • Score: 1

11:16pm Sun 20 Apr 14

omgwtfbbq says...

this costs nothing https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=S4eYAFL6
dwA and if everybody stuck to it instead of driving instructors making up their own rules of treating roundabouts like a clock instead of the common sense way of looking at the signs when approaching a roundabout everyone would get to places quicker.
this costs nothing https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=S4eYAFL6 dwA and if everybody stuck to it instead of driving instructors making up their own rules of treating roundabouts like a clock instead of the common sense way of looking at the signs when approaching a roundabout everyone would get to places quicker. omgwtfbbq
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Sorry to interrupt this posting.

This is angry of Lexden - well actually a lot more than just Angry, I'm Incandescent with rage that a magistrate has aided a couple to steal from us all in Colchester.

I think you should all be aware that a couple in Dovercourt have stolen money from each and every one of us who pay tax. In fact technically Debra and John Burgess have deprived those in genuine need of benefit payment by their act of theft.

You will need to check out the " Medals Stolen" article - I've had to disguise comment within that posting as the site is rigged to avoid comment on court notices.
Sorry to interrupt this posting. This is angry of Lexden - well actually a lot more than just Angry, I'm Incandescent with rage that a magistrate has aided a couple to steal from us all in Colchester. I think you should all be aware that a couple in Dovercourt have stolen money from each and every one of us who pay tax. In fact technically Debra and John Burgess have deprived those in genuine need of benefit payment by their act of theft. You will need to check out the " Medals Stolen" article - I've had to disguise comment within that posting as the site is rigged to avoid comment on court notices. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 0

9:56am Sat 31 May 14

Frank Scully says...

romantic wrote:
This sort of scheme belongs back in the 60s, when people thought the car would be the only means of transport for the future. Back then, we almost ended up with raised motorways ringing the centre (think Birmingham, but on a smaller scale). We almost lost the Highwoods Park area to developers then. Building more and more roads will just shift the jams to other places in the town.

We need better and cheaper public transport, we need kids walking to school if they are within a couple of miles. You can immediately tell when it is the school holidays by the lessening of traffic. The biggest danger preventing kids walking to school is the traffic generated by parents driving the others there!

There was an article a few months back which said that some large % of journeys by car in Colchester were less than a mile. Every person sitting in a jam is part of the cause of the problem. Everybody sitting in the North Station area will say that their journey is essential, but I am sure many of them could cut the use of the car if they thought about it.
Public transport is for the peasants.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: This sort of scheme belongs back in the 60s, when people thought the car would be the only means of transport for the future. Back then, we almost ended up with raised motorways ringing the centre (think Birmingham, but on a smaller scale). We almost lost the Highwoods Park area to developers then. Building more and more roads will just shift the jams to other places in the town. We need better and cheaper public transport, we need kids walking to school if they are within a couple of miles. You can immediately tell when it is the school holidays by the lessening of traffic. The biggest danger preventing kids walking to school is the traffic generated by parents driving the others there! There was an article a few months back which said that some large % of journeys by car in Colchester were less than a mile. Every person sitting in a jam is part of the cause of the problem. Everybody sitting in the North Station area will say that their journey is essential, but I am sure many of them could cut the use of the car if they thought about it.[/p][/quote]Public transport is for the peasants. Frank Scully
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