Essex County Council to monitor Lexden Road as Cyclists call for urgent changes

Cyclists have questioned the safety of the new Lexden Road layout as work on the multi-million pound scheme comes to an end.

The improvement works which began in the summer of 2017, have seen replacement crossing points added outside St. Mary’s school and a bus lane added east-bound.

On the west-bound track, a bus lay-by has been added, however cyclists have questioned the safety of using the cycle lane in its current form.


Wolf Simpson, a Colchester cyclist who uses Lexden Road said: “The new layout for any part of Lexden Road has been done for the benefit of the drivers to move faster & nothing to improve the safety of those who cycle.

Lexden Road improvement plans - Essex County Council

“Plans have changed since the original conception. It would’ve been better to have put in a floating bus stop, I can see bus drivers simply pulling out. I sure won’t be using it.”

Cllr Lewis Barber (Con), ward councillor for Lexden said in a statement: “It’s been almost two years since we stood alongside residents against the original proposals for a bus lane in Lexden.

“Since then, the plans have been changed drastically to reflect more what residents want. I am not entirely pleased with the scheme though and we continue to make representations for residents.

“However, there are some good parts, including improvements to junctions along Lexden Road, parking restrictions outside Lexden Crown and resurfacing.”

Paul Avison from Colchester Cycling Campaign commented on the new road layout scheme suggesting “cycling was an after thought”. He added: “The road markings for the advisory cycle lane from the roundabout, coupled with the pinch point caused by the buildout for pedestrians at the Wellesley Road side of the new crossing are a safety concern.

“This [road] is part of the National Cycle Route and signage for users is poorly designed with many non-Colchester visitors using this.”

Plans to alter Lexden Road were revised in 2016 after original proposals by Essex County Council called to introduce a longer bus lane along Lexden Road. These plans were scrapped following resident objections in favour of more recent improvements.

An Essex Highways spokesperson added: “The Lexden Road improvements are nearing completion. The cycle lanes, like other aspects of the scheme, have been through the standard process of design checks and a Road Safety Audit.

“However, we are always happy to listen to feedback from the public and will continue to monitor traffic through the scheme to check that everything is working as planned.”

The work on Lexden Road is due to be completed in coming weeks and includes an additional crossing point for pedestrians and school children to use.