Temporary one-way sytem introduced in Elmstead Road, Wivenhoe as roadworks continue in Colchester Road

Wivenhoe from above - Mike Page

Wivenhoe from above - Mike Page - Credit: Archant

Changes are being made to a diversion put in place when roadworks started in Colchester Road, Wivenhoe after concerns were raised about safety along the route.

From 10am tomorrow cars will only be able to travel southbound along Elmstead Road, between the junction with Brightlingsea Road and the Colchester Road intersection.

Essex County Council have closed Colchester Road to build a new cycle link.

However, safety concerns have been raised when traffic, included buses, was diverted along the smaller Elmstead Road.

Motorists have been seen driving onto the verges to pass one another.

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Cllr Rodney Bass, Essex County Council cabinet member for infrastructure said: “Having monitored the traffic along Elmstead Road and listened to local concerns, we have arranged to make Elmstead Road one-way during the course of the roadworks for the introduction of the new cycleway on Colchester Road, scheduled to be completed at the end of March.

“This will allow the majority of local bus services to continue their services and will mitigate the current safety concerns.”

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The proposal to close the stretch of Colchester Road between the junctions with Elmstead Road and Vine Drive, for up to six weeks during the work, will now be scrapped The council said it hopes this will significantly reduce any impact on local businesses.

The works are part of a scheme to construct a shared pedestrian and cycle link between Wivenhoe and the University of Essex.

The link will run from Wivenhoe fire station running alongside Colchester Road to the University campus.

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