Colchester High Street Car Ban?

Colchester Borough Council's outlined nine key areas to invest money into for the future announcing dramatic possible changes to how cars and buses use the Town Centre.

As part of the improvements, Head Street could become a two way traffic route for buses and taxis and the High Street could become pedestrianised.

Colchester's Bus Station (adjacent to where the VAF is being built) is closing down so the council needs to establish a new hub for public transport.  It's looking likely the new facility will be at Stanwell Street with extra bus stops and public transport provisions on Head Street.

Over the next few months, Colchester Borough Council will be working with the County Council to investigate these ideas and talk to some of the key groups involved including taxi drivers, businesses and the public.

From Monday (8th March) a series of exhibitions will be held across Colchester for people to find out more about the plans.

They are:

Timetable for the Exhibition:

Mon 8th Mar

Lion Walk Church


For stakeholders

Tue 9th Mar

Culver St West (on street) with CBC exhibition unit


For the public

Wed 10th Mar

Outside Town Hall with CBC exhibition unit

10am -4pm

For the public

Thur 11th Mar

Inside the former Shoeworld shop in Queen St (no exhibition unit)


For the public

Fri 12th Mar

Lion Walk Shopping Centre with CBC exhibition unit


For the public

Sat 13th Mar

Culver Square exhibition in former Zavvi unit (unstaffed)

Present for entire consultation

For the public

Sat 13th Mar

St Nicholas Square (behind JJB Sports, opposite Jacks)



For the public

Cllr Lyn Barton, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Sustainability and the Environment said: “More than 2000 years of history underpins Britain’s oldest recorded town making it a great place to live work and visit.

“It is important to appreciate that we cannot stand still, we must take this opportunity to build on Colchester’s regional and National appeal, to ensure we are able to grow, adapt and modernise to meet the needs of our residents and visitors.

“Work has already started in some areas, but the pace of change will soon take off. However a project this big takes years to complete rather than months, so we are just at the very beginning of an exciting journey for Colchester and one that will encourage people to continue to invest their lives here.”