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The village has generally good main (B1508) and minor road
connections to the A12, Colchester town centre, the rail
station, Tollgate retail area and towards Sudbury and the rural
Essex-Suffolk border area.
Bus services are provided by two companies, Chambers,
providing an hourly service to Colchester and Sudbury, and First
Bus that operates a 30-minute frequency peak and daytime service
to the town centre via the Rail Station. On Sundays the
frequency of buses drops to two hourly. School buses serve the
main secondary schools whilst the Care Network. and Community
bus services offer a bookable service for those unable to use
conventional public transport easily. Footways are generally
provided adjacent to the majority of roads and the area is
covered by 30mph speed restrictions. There are no cycle ways
although a signed cycle route to the rail station using the main
road has been provided in recent years and similarly the
National Cycle Network route 13 skirts the village providing a
means of accessing the wider countryside.
Connectivity is reasonably good for the village and indeed
across the parish area, although the highway infrastructure is
by no means modern. Thus, links to the south west to the A12 and
to retail parks on the edge of Colchester is via a narrow and
winding lane – Argents Lane or via another country lane leading
to a level crossing. This route draws in traffic not only from
the village but from across the parish and indeed north
Colchester. Whilst there is no desire to see this route upgraded
there is a feeling that heavy good traffic could be more
controlled and prohibited, save for access. The main route
through the village also attracts its fair share of through
traffic including skip lorries from a nearby recycling company
in a neighbouring parish. Since this road is the one that passes
the favoured areas of development there will be a need to
introduce traffic regulating facilities such as crossings and
perhaps mini-roundabouts to "calm" traffic speeds and intensity.
Elsewhere in the more residential areas there is a strongly
supported desire to regulate parking and introduce 20 mph
streets or preferably 20 mph zones.
The main concerns with the infrastructure, aside from traffic
circulation is the fabric of the main routes and residential
side streets which are beginning to show their age. The
intention with this issue is to establish a better dialogue with
the County Council to enable inspection and maintenance regimes
to be better understood and to receive better notification of
when repairs and surfacing programmes will be carried out.
The main bus service to the railway station and the town
centre is at 30-minute frequencies and information about
arrivals and departures in real time is now available via
Smartphones. Coupled with services provided by the other
operator, this means that there are 3 services per hour,
dropping to 1 in the evenings and 1 every two hours on Sundays.
This should do much to improve the perception of service
frequency and reliability and increase the numbers using the
bus. It is considered vital to get information on frequency and
real-time information out to all households rather than hoping
that this information will naturally be passed on. Such an
initiative is vital to establish sustainable travel patterns in
any new developments that are built. Through the plan's
implementation it is intended to work with bus companies on a
range of incentives to use the bus including multi-operator
tickets, books of multi-journey tickets and reduced price for
should be far more prevalent than it is. Journeys to the railway
station to Colchester are less than 3 miles in length whilst
journeys across the village are at most 10 minutes away by bike.
Similarly, for recreational or health pursuits cycling in the
parish is an absolute delight of riding in mostly lightly
trafficked roads with great views over the Colne Valley or
across towards Suffolk and Constable Country. The issue is
normally lack of information coupled with the natural fear of
traffic. A cycle user group is a possibility to extol the
virtues of cycling for leisure or utility journeys and to
establish where physical infrastructure such as cycle ways or
parking facilities could be introduced.
There is a good provision of footways (pavements) and
footpaths but some facilities are missing. These include
footways in New Church road leading to the school and in Nayland
Road leading to one of the employment zones at Patterns Yard.
There is also a need for further crossings along Lexden Road and
Colchester Road. Lastly, recreational walking guides would help
publicise the public rights of way to the community to help
encourage health and family circular walks.
Although there has been some growth in the village there is
nothing to suggest that major road infrastructure is required,
rather it is likely to be the management of traffic and parking,
together with the introduction of more bus services and the
improvement of the walking and cycling environment that should
be the focus.
As the objectives relate in part to the use and development of
land and wider community aspirations both Planning Policies and
Community Ambitions have been developed.
Transport Planning Policies
Developers must demonstrate that developments are
safely located with regard to vehicular and pedestrian
access, ensuring adequate visibility.
Where development would add to traffic congestion in
the village or encourage through or additional traffic
on rural lanes, proposals should be brought forward to
mitigate any traffic impact or contribute funding
towards village transport safety schemes.
Development proposals for new developments should
provide secure cycle storage and storage for mobility
scooters where appropriate, minimising their visual
impact through good design.
Existing footpaths, cycleways and bridleways provide a
high level of amenity value and will be protected. New
development should take every opportunity to enhance
existing networks, create connections and provide new
networks wherever possible.
Transport Community Ambitions
Traffic management will be introduced to control
parking and to improve the environment for cycling and
walking in residential streets.
Traffic will be channeled towards principal roads,
i.e. B1508 (Colchester Rd/Bures Rd), Lexden Rd, Chapel
Rd, Argents Lane, Nayland Rd and Chitts Hill.
Cycling and walking will be promoted and will be
considered as part of all infrastructure projects.
Parish bus services will be promoted, and improvements
sought. New minibus services will be investigated and
introduced where appropriate.
A high standard of maintenance will be sought for
roads and pavements, ditches & verges.