Conservatives are calling for a joined-up approach to transport policy to support future housing and employment demands, as well as the critical infrastructure required to secure proper sustainability for the Borough over the next three decades. 
Top of the agenda are plans for further improving the traffic flow on the A133 Cowdray Avenue, enhancing the Queen Street area, tackling high level congestion around North Station roundabout and also re-modelling the Warren Lane/Maldon Road junction in Stanway. The future extension of public transport is also high on the agenda, including enhancements to Colchester Park and Ride, how to improve journey times for people, and reducing traffic-related pollution.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Borough Councillor & Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, hailed the strategy as a “the first step in creating a truly joined up transport network across Colchester”.
He said: “It is crucially important that as we move forward with plans for growth, jobs and housing for this generation and the next that we also plan proper transport links that work for everyone. We cannot afford for transport infrastructure to fall behind and that is what this meeting was all about."
“I want a proper plan in place that looks forward to the future and will give confidence to residents that Colchester will not come to a grinding halt in future years. It will take a great deal of positive planning and partnership working between the County Council and the Borough Council and we need to share this vision with the people of Colchester. I am ready to start to make real progress."
So far £50 million has been invested by the Conservative Controlled County Council into Colchester's road, cycle and bus infrastructure across Colchester to reduce the burden congestion has on residents and businesses alike.
The next report is scheduled for September when further information about alleviating some of the most congested areas will be unveiled, as well as the work looking at the detailed transport requirements for the future shape of Colchester.
Conservatives pledge these improvements as the first step in creating a truly joined up transport network across Colchester
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