e-Scooters Coming to Colchester (& other news)

Lady & man on e-scooters

Lady & man on e-scooterse-Scooters, Befriending, Wellbeing, Fitness & Chitts Hill

e-Scooters will kick off this update but we also have updates on:

e-Scooters Trial Starting Soon

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Lockdown 3 – Week 1 Update – COVID-19 & Roadworks

National Lockdown Guidelines

National Lockdown GuidelinesCOVID-19 & Roadworks

A number of COVID-centric updates as well as two lots of Roadworks:

Latest Colchester Information Pack Launched

Hot on the heels of version 14 (which didn’t even get as far as this website), the National Lockdown has seen Colchester issue version 15 which includes the following topics: Continue reading “Lockdown 3 – Week 1 Update – COVID-19 & Roadworks”

Day 59 of (is it?) Lockdown – the eCargo edition

eCargo Bikes

Day 59 of (is it?) Lockdown

Day 59 sees updates from CBC, ECC & HMG:

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Chitts Hill Closure for Track Geometry

Chitts Hill closure due to track geometry works Oct 2019

Chitts Hill closure due to track geometry works Oct 2019Chitts Hill Closure for Track Geometry

Network Rail will be undertaking Track Geometry works starting tonight and then again on Wednesday night (30th).  Unusually, specific times are not given although they often start from 11 pm.

The closure is for safety reasons although access will be maintained for emergency services and pedestrians.

The alternative route is via Argents Lane, Spring Lane, Halstead Road, Halstead Road Roundabout, Chitts Hill and vice versa.

Other Roadworks

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A12 Urgent Resurfacing Overnight 15th January

Diversion route for closure of A12

Diversion route for closure of A12A12 Urgent Resurfacing Overnight 15th January

We have been informed that urgent resurfacing will be taking place between 8 pm to 6 am overnight on 15th January (weather permitting).  Kier Highways will be closing the road SOUTHBOUND between junctions 28 and 26.  They will put a diversion in place via A1232 and A133 before re-joining the A12 southbound at junction 26.


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More Roadworks – 17th – 19th December

Roadworks 17th - 19th December

Roadworks 17th - 19th DecemberMore Roadworks – 17th – 19th December

To compound the current closure of Chapel Lane to through traffic, 17th – 19th December sees more disruption.  Anglian Water will be undertaking Valve Checks which will entail multi-way traffic controls at the junction of New Church Road and Chapel Road.  Anglian Water will also be working in Pirie Road over those days although traffic disruption is not expected.

And in the New Year…

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Surface Dressing After Easter

Surface Dressing After Easter

With Surface Dressing scheduled after Easter, we can expect disruption on the B1508 (Colchester Road) between Wormingford and Braiswick.   Due to the recent cold weather, though, this has now been postponed as work crews have been diverted elsewhere.  It is now probable that the work will be undertaken around 25th-28th April and will take place overnight.

Check the roadworks map on the village website nearer the time to track this project and check out any others that might be coming up.

What is Surface Dressing?

Essex Highways say:

Firstly we patch any potholes or other defects and make the surface level. Then crews spray the existing road surface with a coating of hot bitumen and cover it with stone chippings. We then roll the chippings into the bitumen to form a water-resistant protective layer; this makes the road less slippery and extends its life.

As soon as the bitumen has set, we sweep the road to remove loose chippings.  The nature of the treatment means there will be some loose chippings on the road surface until it beds down. 20mph speed limit temporary warning signs will be visible to alert drivers, as vehicles using the new surface help to embed the loose chippings. After about a week we return to the road and sweep up any chippings that have not been pressed into the bitumen; they will then add appropriate road markings.